Drug and Alcohol Recovery Worker - Multi-Disciplinary Team - Working for Essex
Salary: £30,931 to £35,362 per annum
Closing date: 18 Jun 2024
Location: Basildon
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17053
Role: Social Care
About the role

Drug and Alcohol Recovery Worker - Multi-Disciplinary Team

Fixed Term, Full Time

£30,931 to £35,362 per annum

Location: Basildon

Working Style: Community-based worker

Please note that this is a fixed term contract / secondment opportunity until February 2026.

Children and Families service is recognised as a service in which practice can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity, and compassion; promoting development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective interventions which build resilience, remove barriers, and enable children and families to look forward to a brighter future.

The Drug and Alcohol Recovery Worker will work as part of the multi-Disciplinary team within the Family Support and Protection and Assessment and Intervention teams. Working with adults referred by the allocated Social Worker, the Drug and Alcohol recovery worker will undertake comprehensive assessment of needs and risks and promote sustained long-term recovery from substance misuse. You will be responsible for the development of recovery plans for individual service users. Strong partnership working is essential for this role as it will operate in a multi-agency environment. If you have significant experience within the field of substance misuse and recovery and have a passion and commitment for supporting individuals on their recovery journey, we would like to hear from you.


  • To provide advice, support and information regarding substance misuse and signposting to appropriate substance misuse treatment and recovery services.
  • To provide assessment, recovery planning and appropriate interventions to families with substance misuse issues and concerns and access to pre and post detoxification support for those needing community or residential detoxification.
  • Work in partnership with parents / adults to support and promote their future engagement with community services.
  • Work collaboratively with C&F colleagues to offer advice, support and consultation, in their work with families within the quadrant.
  • Deliver advice, support and consultation in respect of drug and alcohol misuse, perspectives and frameworks, to other professionals.
  • Initiate and support new and innovative ways of working, projects and groups to engage parents and their families in partnership with C&F colleagues, and or other front-line professionals and third sector partners.
  • Raise knowledge and awareness of drug and alcohol misuse and preventative strategies across C&F colleagues.
  • Responsible for maintaining up to date records of activity on case files, produce reports, attend court and give verbal presentations as required. Where applicable, actively participate in relevant meeting regarding the family.
  • Build strong working relationships across the Council, members of other statutory and organisations and voluntary agencies.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Hold an accredited degree or diploma level, professional qualification/experience in drug and alcohol recovery or equivalent.
  • Significant expert knowledge in drug and alcohol support and recovery work including experience and working knowledge of models and methods for working with adults and families experiencing addiction.
  • Strong track record of direct engagement with adults, with successful delivery of 1-1 interventions.
  • Demonstrable experience of being a catalyst for change in families’ lives.
  • Experience of building strong partnerships, which are collaborative and influential in their nature and engender delivery.
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of vulnerability and safeguarding protocols.
  • Experience of developing and delivering bespoke training and consultancy in relation to substance misuse and recovery.
  • The ability to work under pressure and manage a complex and demanding workload.

To read more about us please visit: Children & Families

Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

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