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Shared Lives Officer

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Chelmsford
£27203 - £31370 per annum
Closing date
31 Aug 2021

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Health and Social Care, Social Care
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time
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Job Details

The Shared Lives service is a key component of Essex County Councils strategy to provide good quality accommodation option for adults with support needs. The Shared Lives service provides the opportunity for people with care and support needs to move in with, or regularly visit, an approved Shared Lives Carer.

Your role as Shared Lives Officer is critical for the functioning of the Shared Lives services, working flexibly to cover the operational needs of the service. You will be the first point of contact for carers, from the on-boarding process that you will manage to monitoring ongoing performance to ensure carers operate at a high quality level. You will ensure that the people we support are treated with respect and dignity and are included in the decision where appropriate.

You will support in the culture change of key stakeholders in considering Shared Lives as a positive and appropriate form of support and working collaboratively across different areas of Essex County Council and with external stakeholders to grow and develop the Shared Lives Service.

About You:

To apply, you'll need to be educated to Diploma level 3 or equivalent level by experience. A willingness to complete the Diploma level 4 within 24 months of starting the role.

Other skills include:

  • Evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in relevant professional area.
  • Experience or willingness to complete Train the Trainer programme & delivering training on behalf of the service.
  • Experience and knowledge of delivery of support within a care setting.
  • Excellent communication skills and behaviours with the ability to motivate a diverse range of carers to achieve the Shared Lives service objectives.
  • Excellent communication skills and expertise.
  • Considerable experience of person-centred practice.
  • Excellent understanding of outcomes, progression, enablement and community-based support.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and protocols, and how they are implemented in service delivery.
  • Knowledge and experience of safeguarding and consideration of how safeguarding is kept at the forefront of practise of the Shared Lives service.
  • This role requires a full driving license and access to a vehicle.

This role has a rolling rota to cover core working hours - Monday-Friday, 09:00-18:30 and may require occasional Saturday, 09:00-17:00 - 37 hours per week.

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If you have any questions about the role, or working with us, please contact our Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on

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.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

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