ASC Senior Social Worker - Physical & Sensory Impairment Team
ECC Adult Social Care, through effective practice, is moving towards a transformational shift from a focus on long-term care support, to a model with four key principles: - prevention; early intervention; enablement and safeguarding. This will enable people, their families and carers to access information and tools, live healthily and independently and for our function an opportunity to respond pro-actively to growing service demand in a sustainable way, within the financial constraints of the Council.
Senior social workers are passionate in demonstrating expert and effective practice ability in complex situations. Managing a caseload and supporting colleagues with complex cases, with an ability to mitigate high levels of risk. Working collaboratively with statutory and non-statutory/voluntary agencies ensuring a joined up approach.
Significant experience of social work, modelling good practice and providing expert advice and guidance is essential in this role.
Senior Social Workers will provide a source of specialist advice and professional expertise for social workers, contributing to the development of practice standards and the four key principles.
Accountable for assessment of complex social care needs and provision of support for vulnerable adults to ensure they are safe and have good outcomes to promote independence.
Accountable for working within the statutory legal framework, policy and guidance and determining when the threshold for statutory intervention has been reached in line with legislative and organisational standards within the Care Act 2015 (e.g MCA/DoLS/CHC assessments etc).
Responsible for managing a complex caseload, maintaining accurate and timely data, reports and presentations as required.
Responsible for participating in a range of case conferences, court attendance, meetings and statutory reviews, pro-actively taking the lead when a social care perspective is required.
Accountable for conducting assessments and plan responses which safeguard vulnerable adults, including intervention as required.
Builds strong effective working relationships across the Council, with partners and members of voluntary agencies.
Delivers a high level of expertise in particular areas of practice and leads on those areas, contributing to the development of a prevention and early intervention service.
Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Educated to degree level (i.e. Diploma or degree in social work, CQSW, CSS) or equivalent.
Evidence of continuing professional development and demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards eg professional capability framework, knowledge and skills statement. Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered social worker.
Significant experience of social work, demonstrating a comprehensive and up to date understanding of all relevant legislation, regulations and guidance.
Experience of mentoring both newly qualified and experienced staff and being a subject matter expert in professional practice.
Experience of chairing meetings involving clients, family members and/or carers and other multi-agency professionals.
Developing strong relationships with partners, other agencies and the local community to achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for children and vulnerable adults.
Understanding of the financial implications of care packages commissioned.
Proven track record of clear decision making in order to highlight and limit the potential risks associated with intervention.
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. 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.
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on https://www.workingforessex.com/benefits
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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If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.