Short Breaks Assessment Officer

25 February 2024
Fixed Term
Full Time
Meadow House, Littleworth, Mansfield, NG18 2TB
Children and Families
£27,803 - £31,364 per annum

Are you interested in a rewarding job in a dynamic, forward-thinking team, that makes a real difference to the lives of disabled children, young people, and their families in Nottinghamshire? 

The Short Breaks Assessment and Review team, which is part of the Integrated Children’s Disability Service, are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic Assessment Officer who has knowledge and experience of working with children and young people with disabilities.

We have a fixed term (until 31st December 2024) opportunity for a full time Assessment Officer position with the Short Breaks Assessment and Review team. This can also be offered as a secondment for existing employees. 

This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of a specialist team offering short breaks to children and young people between the ages of 5-18 years, who meet the eligibility criteria. The Nottinghamshire Short Break offer gives children and young people an opportunity to take part in activities, explore new opportunities, form friendships, and develop their independence.

The role:

The Assessment Officer will join a team of 4 existing Assessment Officers who will work alongside you. You will undertake child centred assessments using the online process and undertake annual reviews of existing short break packages. The assessments will mainly be undertaken by telephone, but occasional home visits may be required.

In the Assessment Officer role, you will work in a creative and flexible way, which empowers children, young people, and families. You will work with children, young people, and families to identify the child or young person’s needs and enable them to set achievable personal outcomes. You will support the child/young person and their family to identify the most appropriate provision to achieve their goals and aspirations.

This is an opportunity to make a real difference to disabled children and young people by developing part of their pathway into adulthood and independence.

About you:

We are looking for an enthusiastic, well organised, dynamic, and highly motivated individual. You will be innovative, solution focused and skilled at liaising with parents and professionals to ensure that every child and young person can achieve their own personal outcomes.   

You will have good communication skills, both written and verbal, alongside excellent IT skills including excel.

You will have experience of working with children/young people with disabilities, and their families. You will be able to work in a person-centred way and work creatively towards identifying outcomes using a range of assessment skills. You will be working alongside families, building on their strengths.

You must be able to work well in a team, able to reflect on your own work to improve practice, manage your own workload and work flexibly to meet the demands of the role. You must be confident and have the skills required to work with other professionals, both internal and externally.

You do not need prior experience of working in a Short Breaks Team/Service, however you will be expected to demonstrate that you have transferable skills. Experience of working within Social Care, Health or Education sectors would be beneficial.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact, Lesley Parker, Short Break Assessment and Review Team Manager on 01158042367.


This post is also available as a secondment opportunity to existing Nottinghamshire County Council employees. You must seek approval from your line manager before applying.
Appointment to this post is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Disabled applicants who meet the essential shortlisting requirements will be guaranteed an interview. A job share scheme is available for all full-time posts: both permanent and temporary, unless otherwise stated. We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff to share this commitment and undergo appropriate checks.

Nottinghamshire County Council strives to ensure that it goes beyond the requirements of the Equalities Act and prides itself on being accredited as a Disability Confident Leader Organisation.

Therefore, the County Council encourages applications from all, irrespective of gender, marital status, disability, race, religion, belief, pregnancy and maternity status, age or sexual orientation.

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