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Senior Social Worker - Enhanced Support for LD & Autism

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Chelmsford
£45217 - £54395 per annum + Flexible Working, Hybrid, CPD
Closing date
9 Jun 2024

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

Job Details

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

The Team

The team work alongside Adults with a complexity of needs related to their Learning Disability/Autism, Mental or Physical Health or a combination of all the above. The successful candidate will have a real interest in relationship-based social work, with a focus on building independence through a positive approach to risk and the strengths-based model.

You will work closely with adults placed in supported living accommodation and residential care. Working with the adults, alongside providers family members and advocates to undertake Care Act reviews with a focus on helping to develop independence and progression.

This role sits within our Countywide team supporting adults living within all areas of Essex and out of county. The role will be community based across Essex, with home working and the flexibility of working from any of our Essex offices for administrative purposes.

The Role

Working to support adults, and their families, who have complex social needs and are more vulnerable as a result of disability, exclusion, or diminished capacity, you'll maximise their potential to live independently. You'll be a source of specialist advice, managing your own complex caseload as well as supporting colleagues with theirs.

You will assess social care needs using a person centred and strengths-based approach and contribute to the development of care and support plans for adults. The role will require you to manage a caseload of adults with complex needs, 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.

Your responsibilities will also include:

  • Working collaboratively across the Council, with partners and statutory and voluntary agencies, to ensure a joined-up approach.
  • Taking part in a range of case conferences, court attendance, meetings and statutory reviews, proactively taking the lead when a social care perspective is required.
  • 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 social worker with current Social Work England registration and be post-qualified at least 2 years ideally with experience of working with Adults with learning disabilities and/or autism.

    You will bring an in-depth knowledge of complex cases, The Care Act and Adult Social Care processes including CHC, assessments and support planning, and safeguarding. You will be AMHP, BIA or PE qualified, or have secured intention to complete these qualifications.

    We require a proactive worker who has a proven record of working complex cases and supporting other staff members. A worker who wants to develop and become part of the management Team.

    You'll bring significant experience of social work, modelling good practice and providing advice and guidance in complex situations. We're also looking for your ability to mentor both newly-qualified and experienced team members. 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 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.

    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. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to .

    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 *
  • Free onsite office car parking
  • 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 .

    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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    Pay and Reward | Our Ways of Working | About Us | Organisation Behaviours


    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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