Please note this is a fixed term contract or secondment opportunity for a period of three years.
Working to support adults, and their families, who have complex social needs and are more vulnerable because of mental health difficulties, exclusion, or diminished capacity, you'll maximise their potential to live independently.
You will assess social care needs using a person centred and strengths-based approach and contribute to the development of care and support plans. The role will require you to manage a caseload, 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.
Some exciting new specialist roles within the Mental health and wellbeing team have become available. The successful Community Support Worker opportunity sits in our Mental Health Wellbeing Team covering the entirety of Essex. The Community Support Worker will work with service users who suffer from Mental Health difficulties and who can experience multiple disadvantages next to their Mental Health difficulties, such as homelessness, substance misuse, domestic abuse and / or contact with the criminal justice system.
Mental Health Wellbeing Team
The Team is a new project supported by public health which aims to reach service users who have difficulties with their Mental Health and who can experience multiple disadvantages and complexities in their lives including homelessness, substance misuse, domestic abuse and / or contact with the criminal justice system.
Joining the Mental Health Wellbeing team at Essex means you will be working in a supportive and innovative environment enabling you to develop your own ideas to make meaningful changes to the service user's lives. Working with community groups, family and carers you will ensure advocacy for people with Mental Health difficulties. This role enables you to build meaningful relationships with our service users and make a difference in their lives.
The team will be countywide community based with a mixture of working from home, local office based working around the county and working directly with adults in community settings.
Please see further information regarding our Adult Social Care teams here.
With us, you can achieve more - for yourself as well as the vulnerable adults you work to support. We're always looking for new ways to deliver even better services, Community Support Workers play an integral role in supporting our Social Workers and Occupational Therapist. We encourage our multi-disciplinary teams to share their ideas and experience. We work together to get things done. Bring your positive, proactive attitude, and we'll empower you to make the most of your experience as a Community Support Worker within Essex County Council (ECC) Adult Social Care services.
To find out more about what it's like working within ECC's Adult Social Care services, please see a short video here.
You'll bring a strong ability to build effective relationships with adults and their families in times of challenge and crisis. You will have the drive and passion to want to make a difference, and a willingness to learn. Ideally you will have some experience of activity-based work with adults and some knowledge of legislative and policy guidance applicable within social care settings.
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. https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service.
What we offer in return
We'll support you to be to your best, with the resources, training and development to empower you. With a range of opportunities offered by our award-winning Essex Social Care Academy. And, with flexible working options and other lifestyle benefits, we'll enable you to make the most of your life outside work, too.
Whatever you want to achieve in your social care career, you can do it here.
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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 https://www.workingforessex.com/working-here/pay-reward/
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.