Senior Youth Homelessness Adviser

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Closing Date: 16/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Flexible, Full Time, Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £57,446
Company Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities

Job Description


The Department of Levelling Up Housing and Communities’ (DLUHC) job is to create great places to live and work, and to give more power to local people to shape what happens in their area.


The Government has committed to eliminating rough sleeping in the term of this parliament, and to fully enforce the Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA).  This is an exciting time to join a high-profile team and provides a great opportunity to work collaboratively across sectors and help influence the delivery of services to prevent young people from becoming homeless, and ensure looked after young people are supported through a successful transition to independence.


The Homelessness Advice and Support Team (HAST) was set up to provide advice and guidance to local areas implementing the HRA, and continues to work closely with local authorities on delivery of the new duties, improving homeless services and performance.   The team is made up of people with operational experience of managing homelessness services and leading improvements in service delivery, at a senior level.


Our Youth Homelessness Advisers are jointly funded by the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the department’s contribution to ending rough sleeping, particularly for care experienced young people.  The postholder will lead delivery of a workplan to provide advice, support and  challenge to local authority Housing and Children’s Services departments across England.  This includes working with local areas to improve their support to 16-17 year olds threatened with homelessness; and a focus on joint planning and support to ensure young people move on from care into secure and sustainable homes, without risk of becoming homeless.


The Senior Youth Homelessness Adviser will manage a small team of specialist advisers within the HAST, to deliver the workplan with local areas; and will contribute to development of policy and planning for delivery of government youth homelessness priorities.

Job description

We are looking for a candidate who understands the challenges and complexities around youth homelessness and the impact it has on the people affected; and who has a commitment to transforming services and reducing homelessness.  The successful candidate will have managed homelessness and/or young people’s services at a senior level, and will have experience of working with local authorities to improve the delivery of services and improve outcomes for young people at risk of homelessness


•       Managing a small team of Youth Homelessness Advisers working with local authorities and key partners across England, ensuring that staff are well supported and work is delivered effectively and to demanding timescales

•       Leading the delivery of targeted advice, challenge and support to local authority housing and children’s services departments; to help improve practice and performance, and to develop and share effective practice to prevent youth homelessness.

•       Delivering expert adviser support to local authority housing and children’s services departments, that is relevant to local context and issues, and supporting advisers to provide additional guidance and challenge to areas where needed.

•       Leading local authority engagement to support delivery of a DfE funded programme for services that prevent care leavers from becoming homeless, in areas of highest need

•       Supporting work to embed the Homelessness Reduction Act, and particularly to help local authorities address the complex interaction between homelessness and children’s social care legislation, build a preventative problem solving culture and deliver the best outcomes for vulnerable young people

•       Providing guidance and leadership on delivery of funding opportunities to increase accommodation and support options that will prevent young people from becoming homeless, and to support move on from rough sleeping.

•       Leading work to ensure local authorities have joint protocols and procedures in place to deliver and go beyond statutory duties towards 16-17 year olds at risk of homelessness, looked after young people preparing to leave care, and care experienced young adults who become homeless or are threatened with homelessness.

•       Supporting implementation of improved data collection, as well as learning from experience around the country to inform on-going policy development

•       Delivering presentations, workshops and events, disseminating good practice information and advice

•       Effective recording and sharing of key information to support programme management and policy development

Person specification and essential criteria

  1. An expert and senior leader in the field of youth homelessness, with an understanding of the factors which contribute to young people becoming homeless and a proven track record in developing and delivering services which effectively prevent homelessness and support vulnerable young people.
  2. Comprehensive operational knowledge and understanding of housing and social care legislation, statutory guidance, and policy and practice relating to  young people’s homelessness in England; and an ability to advise local authority staff to meet and go beyond their statutory duties to prevent and relieve youth homelessness.
  3. Knowledge and understanding of how accommodation and support options for young people are developed, funded and delivered by local areas.
  4. Excellent knowledge and understanding of local government, key partners and stakeholders, their roles and interests, and the operational and political context in which services are provided to young people at risk of homelessness.
  5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to motivate and inspire individuals and groups and to support the development of partnerships around shared commitments to improve outcomes
  6. Strong verbal and written presentation skills including the ability to present on behalf of government at conferences and events
  7. An excellent understanding of equality and diversity and issues surrounding disadvantage and discrimination, and the ability to advise and support local authorities to provide excellent customer care to all sections of their community.
  8. A minimum of 3 years’ experience of leadership at a senior and strategic level preferably within a local authority homelessness and/or children’s service, including a track record of working in partnership to achieve consistent and sustainable improvements in provision and outcomes for young people at risk of homelessness, including looked after and care experienced young people.
  9. Experience of working with local authorities to improve the delivery of services, and to achieve better outcomes for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  10. Experience of working within a political environment, providing advice and guidance to Elected Members/Boards and Senior Leadership Teams


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Technical skills

We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Technical assessed through application and interview stage.
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