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Desmond Obasuye

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Position: Outreach Worker

Years with Next Step (as of Jan 2014):  5

Work Experience prior to Next Step Care Management Limited:

Housing Support Officer

Assisting in the day to day management of all existing and new hostel property acquired by homeless person unit

Night Support Worker 

Working within a temporary accommodation for families and vulnerable people who are waiting to be placed into permanent accommodation



September 1985-June 1990         5 GCSEs

September 1990-June 1993         BSC Banking and Finance


Training Courses Attended: 

Epilepsy, Medication training, Dementia training, P.O.V.A training (protection of vulnerable adults), First aid training, Manual Handling, Food Hygiene, Health and Safety and NVQ 3  Housing training   N.V.Q 3. Underpinning Knowledge Supported Housing


Languages Spoken:  English, Edo, French


Desmond Obasuye

Please describe a Next Step Young Person’s case study and describe any aspects of your work with him/her which was particularly challenging, rewarding, or served as an indication of gaps in provision in services for young people:

H is a young man of Afghan birth who has been living in London since his early teens. He had escaped a life in turmoil due to the current conflict being engaged in his country, but equally significantly he had fled a life of physical and emotional abuse at the hands of a family member. From an early time in the UK he had sought young people who were engaged in the frequent use of illegal class A drugs and was very soon exhibiting the signs of regular substance abuse, most particularly heroin. He came to us having reached a point in his life where he had asked for help to come off the class A substances, but was a frequent user of Cannabis. Despite the obvious need however, he stopped engaging with his drugs support agency very soon after. 

I became one of several workers employed by Next Step to provide him with an intensive level of support, most particularly in the evenings an overnight when it was identified there was most danger of him using.

It became evident to me that he was quite expert at trying to get out of many of his responsibilities by claiming that one of the other workers allowed him to, and I learned to become much better at communicating with the other staff to offer consistency, whilst having the freedom to work and befriend H in my own way.

Whilst there were many challenges early in his placement with him showing little care for the health and safety of himself and others, I grew confident to reiterate his responsibilities to him to do things safely and not to passively accept that we were there just to “look after him.”

Whilst his continued use of Cannabis was a problem, he learned to accept the boundaries I and the other workers imposed and began to feel comfortable in my presence to discuss many of the emotional issues that had effected him in his childhood, and grew more comfortable with my calm nature to talk honestly and connect these issues to his substance misuse.

Despite this he refuses to fully engage with drugs workers as he feels he is on top of his cannabis use, which is still a concern to myself. However in the absence of the support of the substance misuse team we are maintaining a safe level of support, communicating effectively in house and intervening where necessary to ensure he continues to take responsibility for his own health, safety and emotional wellbeing.

As well as supporting him with his day to day responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning and dealing with local utilities companies, I have recently begun to engage him in more recreational, learning and life skills activities in the community, and despite a reluctance to resume the work he began with the drugs support agency he is continuing to work with me and the other outreach workers in a more appropriate and effective manner and it is felt is coping relatively well with his struggle to become an independent young man.


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