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Transitional Social Worker - Mental Health Team

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Chelmsford
£34712 - £46751 per annum
Closing date
14 Dec 2023

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Health and Social Care, Social Care
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type

This is a 12 month fixed term contract or secondment opportunity.

The Opportunity

Essex County Council are adopting an all-age approach to mental health. Transitions has been highlighted as an opportunity to improve outcomes for young people. The Mental health and Wellbeing team are therefore expanding the age range to work with young people 17+ to allow for transition planning (direct work 17 ½) to align with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) transitions protocol.

This position will co-work with CAMHS and EPUT to support transitions for those that don't meet EPUT criteria. The position sits within Adult Social Care but will also be supervised and supported by Children and Families social care.

The Team

The Mental Health and Wellbeing team comprises of a Mental Health Coordinator, Social Workers, Community Support Workers, an Occupational Therapist, and a Targeted Employment Officer.

We provide early intervention support to the residents of Essex with their mental wellbeing within a social context. We provide direct support to improve people's mental health to meet their outcomes, build confidence, coping strategies and resilience.

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 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 and working directly with adults in community settings.


  • Assess children's and young people's suitability for mental health and emotional wellbeing services and take part in their planning and review processes
  • Assessment and identification of appropriate systems of support, facilitating service user choice which empowers people and enables them to live healthily, safely and independently.
  • Raise knowledge and awareness of children and young people's mental health issues and preventative strategies across C&F colleagues
  • Actively participate in case discussions, professionals meetings, team around the child / placement meetings, Strategy Meetings and statutory reviews (as applicable)
  • Build strong working relationships across the Council and with members of other statutory organisations and voluntary agencies.
  • 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 legislation applicable to Children, Care Act 2015 (e.g. MCA / DoLs / CHC etc).
  • Significant experience of working in a recognised model of therapeutic intervention with children, adults and families
  • Evidence of direct engagement with young people and adults, with successful delivery of 1-1, group and indirect interventions.
  • Accountable for conducting assessments and plan responses to safeguard a vulnerable adult, include intervention as required.
  • Attends meetings, reviews, case conferences and court hearings to provide information, insight and evidence, providing reports where appropriate.
  • Work collaboratively building effective relationships with internal and external partnerships, stakeholders, and the voluntary sector which facilitates the delivery of joint objectives which deliver improved outcomes.

About You

To apply, you should be a qualified social worker with current Social Work England registration. You'll bring significant experience of social work, modelling good practice and providing advice and guidance in complex situations. 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 children and 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 and beyond. A driving licence and car - or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means - is essential

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 and free parking across some ECC offices
  • Up to £8000 for relocation *
  • 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

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

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.

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