Vacancy - Caseworker

Application closing time & date: 11.00 am on Wednesday 06 July 2022.
Interviews to be held: As applications arrive
Start date: Preferably July 2022, or soon after.
Salary: £23,080 – £ 24,982 plus 3% pension contribution
Contract Type: Full time, Permanent
Holidays: 29 days plus public holidays
Location: Working from home and/or office (London based) 

Since Release’s inception in 1967, the organisation has continuously and actively advocated for open access to justice for all individuals with a specific emphasis on substance misuse and dependency. By addressing the legal needs of drug users and those in recovery the consequences can have a profound and positive affect not only for the individual but also for those who live, support and work with them. Reducing health and income inequalities’ significantly improves a person’s life chances and integration back into their community. Whilst legal services are available to the public via other sources, our client group will often be unable to access such services because of fear of stigma or discrimination.

Release currently operates legal outreach services in alcohol and drug treatment services, sex work outreach projects, and a homeless day centre, across ten London boroughs assisting over 1,000 individuals every year. This non-judgmental service is an opportunity for clients of treatment centres to access the services of a legal adviser one afternoon a week. The service is free at the point of delivery and is not dependent on legal aid. All clients receive advice and assistance, and in some cases representation.

We also operate a national drugs and legal helpline, and produce a number of free informative publications for the public, and specialist guidance material (some commissioned by Government Departments) aimed at professionals in the substance misuse and dependency field.

The responsibilities for this role will include:

  • Under guidance and supervision to provide casework assistance in the areas of welfare benefits, housing and debt. Debt casework will be the initial primary focus. (Training will be provided both internally, and with external course attendance).
  • To survey and accurately input service user feedback into the casework system.
  • To assist and support the work of the Release legal team generally.

Requirements for the post includes:

  • LLB (or GDL) with an active interest, or experience of providing social welfare legal advice with the ability to undertake casework in welfare rights, housing & debt.

If you think you can make a difference as a Caseworker for Release then please read the job description and person specification together with the application guidelines for details.

The successful candidate will have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check upon appointment.

For further information, or an informal and confidential discussion regarding the position, please contact the Legal Services Manager – Stephen Cutter on 0207 324 2991 or via email: stephen@release.org.uk

Applications should be sent to recruitment@release.org.uk (attachments should be clearly denoted with the applicant’s name, and should not collectively exceed 5MB). 

Applicants will receive a confirmation email of receipt.

Application Check List

*Please Note: Total documents NOT to exceed six A4 sides

Current Curriculum Vitae

Covering Letter (Supporting Statement) - This your the opportunity to explain how your skills, experience and qualifications are relevant for the role.

Good luck!

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