Greater Manchester
£21,589 - £25,801 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Purpose of role

To provide specialist Statutory Advocacy to local residents across Trafford.  To promote self-advocacy and empowerment and enable people to make informed decisions and get their views heard in matters relating to mental health and/or care and support needs within health and social care. This will be through one to one advocacy and other models of advocacy as required. This activity will include working with people of all ages, including those with learning disabilities, people with mental health needs, people with physical and sensory impairment, older people and people that lack capacity.

Child protection is part of the safeguarding process and focuses on the protection of children and young people who have been identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. Advocacy Focus will support children over the age of 12 who are the subject of multi-agency child protection plans. You will champion the child’s rights and ensure that every child’s voice is heard, valued and at the centre of any decisions which affect their lives. This will involve building relationships with children and young people on a 1:1 basis and ensuring that support is available at appropriate and relevant times. The provision of individual community advocacy will support each child to move forward and achieve the best possible outcomes.

Key tasks

  • To provide Independent Advocacy support as defined under the Mental Health Act (2007), Mental Capacity Act (2005), Care Act (2014), and Advocacy Standards to individuals in community, residential and hospital settings.
  • To manage a client caseload and ensure accurate case management and record keeping.
  • To provide information, support or signpost clients, to inform or empower individuals on any issues regarding their health and care. Including mental health treatment under the amended 2007 Mental Health Act, deprivation of liberty safeguards under Mental Capacity Act and support with safeguarding under Care Act (2014).
  • To advocate for individuals within a variety of meetings relating to their care and treatment, to include ward rounds, case conferences, Care Programme Approach (CPA) meetings, mental health assessments, best interests meetings and safeguarding meetings.
  • To maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant mental capacity, mental health and community care policy, legislation, case law, and good practice.
  • Provide individual and confidential casework support to children and young people going through child protection proceedings.
  • Provide advocacy for children prior to and during their child protection conferences and reviews.
  • Support each child or young person to express their views and feelings, help them to understand their rights and be involved in decision making.
  • Attend child protection conferences and reviews, attend meetings with the child/young person to help them represent their views and opinions.
  • Liaise and negotiate with other agencies concerning specific cases and on general issues as and when required.

You can download the role description, application form, equal opportunities monitoring form and privacy notice below.

Please send the completed Application and Diversity Monitoring Form to the HR team using the email address below.

Alternatively you can post this to us at: Advocacy Focus, First Floor, The Old Tannery, Eastgate, Accrington, Lancashire

The closing date for applications is the Friday 24 July 2020 at Midday.


Please note that the salary advertised is for full time hours. If this post is less than 37 hours per week, the salary will be pro-rata.

This vacancy may close before the closing date if the recruiting manager deems sufficient applications have been received.  Therefore it is advised to complete your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply regularly as we will use this to contact you regarding your application.

Please note, that shortlisting is completed anonymously with candidates being assessed against the essential criteria for the post.  Therefore only persons who can clearly demonstrate how they meet our person specification criteria in their application, will be short-listed.

Please ensure you check the email account from which you apply regularly as we will use this to contact you regarding your application.

Advocacy Focus is an equal opportunities employer, committed to improving the working lives of our staff and operates a 'Zero Tolerance' policy to aggression, violence, bullying and harassment. In addition, our aim is to help protect children and vulnerable adults by providing a first-class service to the recruitment of people into positions of trust. 

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Posted on: 14 July 2020
Closed date: 27 July 2020
Job ref: AFIATRJUL20
Tags: Advocacy, Social Work

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