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Senior Social Worker - Enhanced Support Countywide Inreach

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Basildon
£43477 - £52302 per annum + Hybrid Working, CPD
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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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 team are comprised of Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Behaviour Advisors and work alongside adults and young people with a complexity of needs related to their Learning Disability, Autism, Mental or Physical Health or a combination of these.

The focus of this role will be working with young people with autism (16-25), either in hospital, detained under the Mental Health Act or on the dynamic support register (i.e. at risk of that detention or hospital admission to an assessment and treatment unit). This role requires your skills in assessment, using the relevant legal frameworks, including the Care Act, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards legislation. The role will need your skills in carrying out detailed assessment of need, working closely with the young person, their families, health and education partners to ensure the person is supported to transition smoothly through to adult services.

This role will work closely with health partners in both inpatient and community settings to prevent admission or placement breakdown, or to follow a discharge pathway, including identifying opportunities for these young people (16-25) once they leave hospital.

It is a great opportunity for either an experienced social worker looking for career progression or an existing Senior Social Worker wishing to broaden their experience outside of quadrant-based work.

About the Role

Managing your own complex caseload, as well as supporting colleagues with theirs, you'll be a source of specialist advice around autism and enable the mitigation of high levels of risk. You'll also bring your professional expertise to contribute to the development of practice standards and our four key principles of prevention, early intervention, enablement and safeguarding.

Your responsibilities will also include:

  • Working collaboratively across the Council, with partners and statutory and voluntary agencies, including education, to ensure a joined-up approach.
  • Care Act assessment with associated care and support planning
  • Compiling information for Mental Health Act tribunals, including preparation of Social Circumstances Reports.
  • Working with colleagues in Education and health around the Education, Health and Care plans (EHCP)
  • Taking part in a range of case conferences, court attendance, meetings, and statutory reviews, pro-actively taking the lead when a social care perspective is required. This will include s117 aftercare planning and presentation to relevant forums, i.e., S117 panel and Adult Social Care forums.
  • 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 worker with current Social Work England registration.

You will have a real interest in relationship-based work, with a focus on building independence through a positive approach to risk and the strengths-based model.

You'll bring significant experience of social work, modelling good practice and providing advice and guidance specifically related to the transition through to adulthood. As, as a subject matter expert in relevant professional practice, you should have a comprehensive understanding of current legislation, regulations, and guidance. A sound knowledge of both the Children's Act and Care Act would be beneficial. There would be an expectation of a significant knowledge base around autism or neurodiversity, though there is scope for additional focussed training for the right applicant.

You will also bring…

  • Sound knowledge of the legislative framework that supports the work we do with adults with learning disabilities, mental health difficulties and/or autism.
  • Experience of working in this field, either in direct care provision or social care
  • A co-productive approach with the people we work with
  • Practice Educator, AMHP, BIA qualified or working towards obtaining these.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards. The right applicant will have a strong commitment to build on their existing skills and their knowledge to support the shaping of future services.
  • 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
  • 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.

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