Assessment Worker

Job description and person specification
Job application
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Salary: Point 6, £20,043 rising incrementally to Point 9, £21,269 per annum

Location: Southend-on-Sea

Contract type: Permanent

Hours: Full Time (37 Hours/ Variable shifts)

Job ref: DCAW1 - please quote on your application




Do you believe everyone should have a place to call home and the chance to lead a fulfilling life?

HARP is a Southend-on-Sea charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff works with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to 1200 lives every year.

We are looking to recruit to our busy day centre in the centre of the town, which is often the first port of call for anyone homeless or at risk of homelessness. Our Assessment Team offer the following services:

• Access to outreach support and emergency accommodation
• Reconnection support
• Private Rented Sector approved partners
• Access to homeless healthcare
• Free food, shower and washing facilities
• Clean clothing and laundry facilities
• Signposting to other agencies
• Referral to statutory services
• Support with submissions for Homeless Applications, Housing Applications, Universal Credit including brokerage for delays and sanctions
• Support and advice to entrenched rough sleepers to find a new way to live away from the streets.
• Support for people with complex and multiple needs, including substance misuse and mental health problems.


To be considered for this role, you will need the demonstrable ability to work within a highly effective, person-centred day centre service for clients, some with complex needs. Your experience must include the holistic assessment of need, support and risk, and multi-agency casework planning.

Organised, adaptable, and an excellent communicator, you will be enthusiastic about working in a psychologically informed environment, and creative in your approach to service delivery. You are resilient in and motivated by, a constantly changing and busy environment. A good understanding of the regulatory and financial environment within which accommodation based support operates is essential.

For full details please download the job description and person specification above.

For further information and an informal chat about the positions please contact Elliott Barker, Team Manager on 01702 430696.

HARP will provide you with excellent support and training to carry out your role effectively, and to develop your career. Our starting benefits package includes 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), plus Bank Holidays, a contributory pension scheme, a death in service benefit, and the opportunity to work with colleagues that strive to transform lives.

Closing date: Monday 28th February 2022 (Midday)

Shortlisting: Monday 28th February 2022

Interview date: Tuesday 8th March 2022

Our benefits package includes 25 days’ annual leave, plus Bank Holidays, a contributory pension scheme through The People’s Pension and a Death in Service Benefit. HARP will make a contribution to the pension and you will be required to make a contribution.

Applications should be downloaded from our website at and click on the tab “Work with HARP” and then Careers. The completed application should then be sent or emailed ( to Lauren Collin at HARP Head Office, Dencora Court – 4th Floor, Tylers Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 2BB.

For further information and an informal chat about the positions please contact Elliott Barker, Team Manager on 01702 430696.

Please quote Ref: DCAW1.

If you have any problems with the application process, please contact Lauren Colin on 01702 615000.

Charity No: 1098126               Registered Provider of Social Housing no.4742

HARP is an Equal Opportunities Employer

HARP is proud

to pay above the 

Real Living Wage

for our area