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Young Persons Substance Misuse Worker - The Bridge Project

Job Description:

This service provides early intervention and highly structured treatment interventions for drug and/or alcohol misuse to young people up to the age of 21 years.  Our service is designed to promote recovery from the harms of substance misuse and to secure positive health and well-being outcomes for Young People. We do this through delivery of focused interventions that are integrated into the wider context of support and services that reflect the needs and circumstances of each young person.

Young people will typically be seen at appropriate community venues of their choosing.   These will   be distinct from adult services and include home visits, schools, PRUs, college settings and community centres.

The service provides:

  • Telephone support and consultation with young people who are concerned about their own use of drugs and alcohol
  • Telephone support and consultation for parents, carers, friends, schools, social workers and other professionals who are concerned about a young person’s use of drugs and alcohol
  • Holistic assessment of need for young people and integrated work with parents, carers and services involved
  • Individualised and focused support based on need, from brief interventions through to structured treatment interventions that may include clinical interventions delivered jointly with the clinical provider
  • Practical support, including referral pathways to other health and wellbeing services
  • Direct work with parents and carers and support with referrals to relevant services
  • Liaison with a wide range of professionals supporting those young people who are referred into and/or are accessing the service including Children Social Care and contributing to child in needs and child protections plans.

The post holder will deliver a range of interventions from brief education through to structured extended interventions and specialist treatment interventions. All individual care packages are created, developed, implemented, and evaluated with young people and to empower young people. The post holder will draw on a multi-disciplinary approach while ensuring high ethical and professional standards of care and practice are always met. 

Wage: £23,740 to £26,172 FTE Pro rata

Employer Name & Location: The Bridge Project, 35 Salem Street, Bradford, BD1 4QH

Working week - contracted hours / full time - 37.5

Number of vacancies & closing date for applications: 1 vacancy, Closing date: Immediate interview from submitted application for all shortlisted candidates

Duration – Perm / temp: This role is up to 12 months full time position for maternity cover, with opportunity to move to part time permanent role on completion, working over Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. 

Qualification and educational requirements:

  • A relevant professional qualification (e.g. Degree Youth and Community Work, Social Work)
  • Minimum 1 years’ experience of working with young people with alcohol/drug problems and/or working with young people/children with complex needs in the last year

Essential and desirable skills:


  • Relevant demonstrable experience of managing a caseload and delivering care-coordination
  • Evidence of having applied therapeutic skills and experience in assessment, care planning and provision of on-going supportive interventions
  • Applied knowledge of the range of drug and alcohol related problems and their impact on young people, families and community
  • Experience of, and ability to, liaise and build positive working links with professionals from a variety of disciplines
  • Experience of maintaining confidential records and providing information for monitoring and evaluation


  • Experience in the delivery of group delivery models
  • Experience of using electronic patient record management systems
  • Ability to evidence underpinning knowledge of the DoH “Guidance for the pharmacological management of substance misuse among young people” and relevant NICE guidelines


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