Senior Social Worker - Neighbourhood Team - Working for Essex
Salary: £45,217 to £54,395 per annum
Closing date: 18 Jul 2024
Location: Harlow
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17317
Role: Social Care
About the role

Senior Social Worker - Neighbourhood Team

Permanent, Full Time

£45,217 to £54,395 per annum

Location: Harlow / West Essex

Working Style: Community-based worker

The Team

The team operates in West Essex forming part of a Neighbourhood approach, linking closely with our partners in health, housing and voluntary sector. Working with adults from age 18 years and over across all specialisms, the team undertake a wide range of duties under the Care Act 2014 from assessment, reviews, mental capacity assessments and adult safeguarding.

You will join a knowledgeable and supportive team, who are happy to share their knowledge and in addition, you will have opportunity to undertake training via the Essex Social Care Academy and develop skills and understanding regarding your role and career progression.

At Essex County Council, we believe in redefining the way we approach social care to prioritise flexibility and wellbeing for our dedicated colleagues working on the frontline. We are proud to offer hybrid working, with the expectation to be office based 2 days per week. We can also consider flexible working arrangements.

The Role

Working to support adults, and their families, who have complex social needs and are more vulnerable as a result of disability, exclusion, or diminished capacity, you’ll maximise their potential to live independently. You’ll be a source of specialist advice, managing your own complex caseload as well as supporting colleagues with theirs.

You will assess social care needs using a person centred and strengths-based approach and contribute to the development of care and support plans for adults. The role will require you to manage a caseload of adults with complex needs, including assessment of risk through direct work, within a quality assurance process. A focus of the role will be to ensure vulnerable people are safeguarded in line with ECC’s statutory obligations.

Your responsibilities will also include:

  • Working collaboratively across the Council, with partners and statutory and voluntary agencies, to ensure a joined-up approach.
  • Taking part in a range of case conferences, court attendance, meetings and statutory reviews, proactively taking the lead when a social care perspective is required.
  • Developing a high level of expertise in particular areas of practice, and leading on those areas

About you

To apply, you should be a qualified social worker with current Social Work England registration and be post-qualified 2 years with an in-depth knowledge of complex cases and The Care Act. You will be AMHP, BIA or PE qualified, or have secured intention to complete these qualifications.

We require a proactive worker who has a proven record of working complex cases and supporting other staff members. A worker who wants to develop and become part of the management Team.

You’ll bring significant experience of social work, modelling good practice and providing advice and guidance in complex situations. We’re also looking for your ability to mentor both newly-qualified and experienced team members. As, as a subject matter expert in relevant professional practice, you should have a comprehensive understanding of current legislation, regulations and guidance.

With experience of chairing meetings involving clients, family members, carers and other multi-agency professionals, we’re looking for your ability to develop strong relationships with partner agencies and the local community to provide a supportive framework for vulnerable adults.

You’ll also bring:

  • Evidence of continuing professional development and capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards.
  • An in-depth understanding of the financial implications of commissioned care packages.
  • The ability to make clear decisions, to highlight and limit potential risks associated with intervention.

This role involves travelling around Essex. A driving licence and car - or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means - is essential.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service.

What We Offer In Return

We’ll support you to be your best…

  • Training and development to empower you from our award-winning Essex Social Care Academy.
  • With us you can make your career work for you with flexible working options
  • With us you can get the support you need with employee wellbeing and counselling
  • Lease Car scheme
  • Up to £8000 for relocation *
  • Free onsite office car parking
  • With us you can have peace of mind with life assurance of three times annual salary
  • Payment of professional fees for approved professions
  • Local Government Pension Scheme. View Key Facts and FAQ’s about the LGPS.
  • Volunteering leave
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising with service
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - access to free and confidential information, support, and guidance from a team of highly qualified professionals.
  • Employee Networks – communities to support you, connect you and help influence change at ECC

Whatever you want to achieve in your social care career, you can do it here.

*T&Cs Apply.

Apply now.

For more information visit our Adult Social Care Brochure or contact Abbie.Mollison@essex.gov.uk

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Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment .

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