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Adults Social Worker - Mental Health & Wellbeing

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Chelmsford
£36101 - £48622 per annum + Flexible Working, CPD, Hybrid
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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The Team

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.

The Opportunity

Working to support adults, and their families, who have complex social care needs and are more vulnerable as a result of disability, exclusion, or diminished capacity, you'll maximise their potential to live independently.

With case work focusing on the most complex and challenging adult cases within the Adult Mental Health Wellbeing team you'll ensure that adults and their families are safeguarded. You'll share ideas and best practice, providing specialist advice as part of a multi-disciplinary team sharing your knowledge as a Social Worker.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Working with individuals who have social needs and are more vulnerable as a result of a mental health condition.
  • Working with communities, families, and individuals. Social workers maximise or promote personal strengths, social networks, and resources.
  • Undertaking assessments of risk involving safeguarding of vulnerable adults due to mental health difficulties/carers and their families across a range of settings
  • Promoting autonomy and development with individuals who have social care needs and are more vulnerable to exclusion.
  • Working with communities, individuals, and families to promote their personal strengths, preventing an escalation in need and enhancing independence and wellbeing Interventions will be based upon ECCs Good Lives approach.
  • Developing a client centric approach which enables early intervention and prevention and increases independence.
  • Working within the statutory legal framework, policy and guidance and determining when the threshold for statutory intervention has been reached.

About You

To apply you should be a qualified social worker with a current Social Work England registration. You'll bring at least 1 year's Mental Health social work experience, evidence of continuing professional development, and capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards.

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, and the ability to deliver direct work, we're looking for your ability to develop strong relationships with partner agencies and the local community to provide a supportive framework for vulnerable adults.

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.

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
  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) - access to free and confidential information, support, and guidance from a team of highly qualified professionals.
  • Employee Networks - communities to support you, connect you and help influence change at ECC
  • 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 .

    Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We're committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

    We're also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

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

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    Why Essex?

    Essex County Council covers 1,300 square miles from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary. From the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career.

    We celebrate difference and work to ensure that no one is disadvantaged when accessing services, employment or public life in Essex. We’re proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interviewing all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. We’re also committed to interviewing all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

    Free to deliver big

    We recruit creative, ambitious, talented people, and free them up to think – and deliver – big.

    We’ve made substantial changes in recent years, reorganising how we’re structured and how we work, so we can protect the most vulnerable and enable our economy to grow. Join us and you’ll be trusted to take control, manage change and make a lasting impact. You’ll be able to call upon external partners and suppliers to help you deliver. More importantly, talented, trailblazing colleagues – including many industry-leaders – will be right by your side to share ideas, knowledge and experience.

    Find out how Essex County Council is changing, and how you’ll fit in.

    Employee Recognition & Engagement

    Here are some of the things we have in place to give our employees a sense of belonging, involvement and recognition. 

    Employee Networks:

    • Ethnically Diverse Employee Network (EDEN)
    • Carers Forum 
    • Christian Network 
    • Disabled Employees Network 
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Network
    • Parents Network 
    • Women’s Network
    • Men’s Network
    • Young People and Apprentice Network. 

    You Make The Difference’ Awards - giving employees the opportunity to nominate individuals or teams who go above and beyond for our residents.

    Employee Surveys – where we listen to the voices of our people and take action on what we hear.

    Employee Panels – giving you the opportunity to feed back on a range of policies and initiatives, network with colleagues and influence far-reaching changes.

    Learning and Development

    We have developed diverse learning opportunities to support our people to grow both personally and professionally. This includes:

    • A large suite of online training and tools
    • Dedicated learning events such as ‘LearnFest’ – our flagship annual celebration of learning
    • Apprenticeships for both new and existing colleagues
    • Financial support to achieve professional qualifications
    • Support from subject matter experts 
    • The opportunity to share your own expertise to up-skill colleagues
    • Leadership and executive coaching
    • Learning on demand
    • Career pathways

    Rewards and Benefits

    • Family Friendly flexible Working
    • Generous holiday and special leave allowances (including the option to purchase extra holiday)
    • Local Government Pension Scheme
    • Life Assurance of three times annual salary
    • Volunteering leave (up to 4 days per year)
    • Employee wellbeing and counselling
    • Travel discounts & season ticket loans
    • Learning and Development opportunities/coaching & mentoring
    • Payment of professional fees for approved professions
    • Eye care vouchers
    • Lease car scheme (dependent on business needs)
    • Up to £8,000 relocation package (subject to terms and conditions)

    You’ll also have access to MyReward, a unique platform for Essex County Council employees to gain various discounts and savings.

    Your Wellbeing

    At Essex County Council we are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our people. We work closely with our employees to provide wellbeing support based on their needs. We strive to enable the right environment, conditions, and behaviours so individual and organisational wellbeing is embedded in everything we do.

    Join us and get Inspired to do More.

    Company info
    0845 743 0430
    County Hall
    Market Road
    CM1 1QH
    United Kingdom

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