Young Person’s Educational Link Worker, Southend

Young Person’s Educational Link Worker, Southend

Location – Southend
Hours – 37.5 per week
Working Pattern – Monday to Friday 
Salary – £25,500 per annum
Fixed Term – 12 month contract
Closing date –  23rd May 2024

Do you wish to develop further into a career in substance misuse support?  Do you have experience in helping vulnerable people making changes in their lives?  If so, have you thought about working for Open Road?

Open Road provides drug and alcohol treatment services and offender support services across Essex & Kent including a range of structured interventions that deliver mentoring, advice and relapse prevention programmes. Accredited with Investing In Volunteers and Investors in People, our mission is to empower a diverse range of individuals, families and communities to lead healthy and meaningful lives, free from addiction, offending behaviour and disadvantage, to ensure healthier, happier lifestyles.

What you’ll be doing

Working within a multi-disciplinary team based in Southend, the Young Person’s Educational Worker will build and develop relationships with schools to ensure those students in need can access the YP services. You will work with young people to help them understand the dangers of drug and alcohol misuse, supporting them to make informed decisions, and encourage and increase referrals into the service.

What you need

• To have relevant professional qualification i.e. Youth and Community, Counselling, Social Work or NVQ3 Health and Social Care or equivalent
• To have experience in delivering assessments and developing and implementing care plans with young people.
• To demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to accurately record statistical data.
• To be able to drive and have access to your own car.

The Benefits of Working for Open Road:

  • Full job specific training including drug & alcohol, case and risk management, Trauma Informed Practice and Motivational Interviewing.
  • Access to funding for further development training in many areas including a pathway into management.
  • Competitive salary plus regular salary reviews.
  • Flexible working or hybrid homeworking policy following successful completion of probation for most roles.
  • 25 days per year AL plus Bank Holidays, and you can take an additional day off for your birthday!
  • Access to the AIG Smart Health App for services including a 24-hour GP service, mental health support and wellbeing services.
  • Pension and Life Assurance – Details of our Royal London scheme are available, as well as our Death in Service benefit which is x2 salary.

This position is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check at enhanced level for adults and children.


Please use the following link to complete our online application form.  Prior to starting please ensure you have all of the relevant information to hand.  Take time to review the job pack below as the shortlisting will be carried out with the Job Description and Person Specification in mind.

Open Road Application Form (online form)

Open Road Equal Opportunities Form (online form) 

Alternatively, you can use this link to complete the form via word and email to

Open Road Application Form

Open Road values and respects the diversity and individual differences of our services users, staff and our volunteers.

Job Pack

Job Description

Person Specification

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