Substance Misuse Practitioner

Substance Misuse Practitioner
17th October 2019 c360admin

Substance Misuse Practitioner

Permanent contract but funding for this role ends on 31st March 2022 (with the potential for extension subject to funding)

30 hours per week

£25,813.00 per annum (pro rata) –  Actual Salary of £20,929.46 per annum for 30 hours

Mid-Essex (Chelmsford)

The Children’s Society has been helping children and young people in this country for over 130 years. We run local services that support children when they are at their most vulnerable and in desperate need of help. We’re there for children, every step of the way.

This role sits within our children and families directorate, which works to provide immediate one-to-one and group support for children who urgently need support. Your role will be to help us maintain and develop innovative practice to support our work in our services within the Essex area.

We wish to recruit a Substance Use Practitioner to join the established All Age Recovery Co-ordination Service (AARCS), which we deliver in partnership with Open Road, supporting young people, adults and families affected by substance use.


You will undertake comprehensive assessments and risk assessment of young people up to the age of 24, co-developing client led recovery care plans and managing their care co-ordination throughout the treatment system. This will be delivered through a range of specialist interventions, in both a one to one and targeted group work capacity.

  • You will need substantial experience in working with vulnerable children and young people either in a paid or unpaid capacity.
  • You will have experience of facilitating groups with young people.
  • You will have, or be working towards a relevant professional qualification e.g. a Diploma/Certificate in Youth and Community work, counselling, social care or related NVQ.

As well as a strong commitment to your development, we offer a generous holiday entitlement, a contributory stakeholder pension, childcare vouchers and flexible working.

The Children’s Society runs over 100 local services that help thousands of young people who desperately need our support, and we campaign to get laws and policies changed to make children’s lives happier and safer.

Every day we’re changing the lives of children in this country for the better – and with your help, tomorrow we can be there for even more.

The Children’s Society is committed to safeguarding and protecting the children and young people that we work with.  As such, all posts are subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks.  We ensure that we have a range of policies and procedures in place which promote safeguarding and safer working practices across our services.

Candidates applying for work in our CYP Directorate will be required to complete an “Employment history” form this which will be emailed to shortlisted candidates prior to interview. 

The closing date for applications is Midnight on 22nd of October 2019.

Interviews will be held on the 30th of October.


At The Children’s Society we will be assessing your application against our behavioural framework, see attached document. The framework is split into 3 levels: senior manager, manager and individual and you will be assessed against the level that is relevant to the role you are applying for. The framework is our organisation’s basis for how we expect everybody to work together, how we treat each other and how we carry out our work. In your application and interview you will need to consider the behaviours and give us relevant examples where you have demonstrated these from your previous experience.