Job Description

Social Workers required for a fast paced adults community social work team. Initial contract period of 3 months with a possibility of extension.

· Maintain fitness to practice by meeting the requirements of the Professional Regulator and uphold the reputation of the profession and the Council

· To practice as an autonomous professional, exercising professional judgement and operating within the legal and ethical bounds of social work

· Lead, supervise and mentor social workers (scale 8) ASYE/ trainee social workers, & social work assistants, supporting them to reach appropriate decisions, overcome difficulties and resolve dilemmas

· Provide professional supervision and development for less experienced social workers and students in accordance with Professional Body requirements for continuous professional development. This may include being responsible for identifying and helping to resolve poor practice

· Demand supervision that covers practice, organisational and management aspects of the role, applying critical reflection throughout.

· Provide professional opinion, giving rationale and knowledge base

· Deputise for the ATM/TM as appropriate

· Inform, guide and model good practice in the application of antidiscriminatory practice, supporting others to recognise and challenge discrimination

· Integrate the principles of social justice, social inclusion and equality into practice, enabling access to independent advocacy where appropriate

· Have detailed knowledge of legislative framework of Adult Social Care and to be able to communicate legislative issues to other professionals and agencies

· Have a critical knowledge of a range of theories and models of social work interventions with individuals, families, groups and communities and the methods derived from them

· Work in partnership with people who use services and carers, respecting their views and promoting participation in decision making wherever possible, whilst recognising how and when self determination might be constrained (by law)

· Maintain confidentiality

· Establish and maintain a safe practice environment

Have responsibility for a specicialist area eg BIA; Practice Educator; AMHP etc

· Manage and monitor a workload of very high risk, complex cases and organise work activities taking into account the need to prioritise tasks and responsibilities

· Lead investigations into allegations of adult abuse, implementing adult safeguarding procedures and resultant safeguarding strategies

· Chair and facilitate planning and review meetings as required by ATM/TM

· Contribute to the budget management process

· Use a range of methods to communicate effectively with people using services, eliciting the needs, wishes and feelings of all involved

· Undertake interviews, assessments, observations using appropriate frameworks and applying information gathering skills to formulate plans to meet assessed needs consistent with the function of the team

· Select, use and review timely and appropriate social work interventions that are best suited to the person and their carer, including the design and costing of care and support plans

· Be responsible for the coordination, implementation and review of support plans and respond in a timely way to changes in circumstances

· Work in partnership with people who use services, their families and a wide range of other stakeholders to ensure the provision of quality, innovative services

· Contribute to the development of community resources and have knowledge of local resources, groups and networks that may contribute to enhanced outcomes for people

· Take responsibility for identifying your own learning needs, taking responsibility for improving your practice through appropriate continuing professional development

· Make proactive use of supervision (in line with Dudley’s Supervision Policy) to critically reflect on practice, explore different approaches to your work, support your development across the nine capabilities and understand the boundaries of professional accountability

· Contribute to the development of the organisations information strategy and systems, with particular priority given to maintaining data quality

· Share information in ways that meet legal, ethical and agency requirements

· Record information in a timely, respectful and accurate manner, writing records and reports for a variety of purposes and audiences, using language suited to function and using the required information management systems

· Operate within the legal framework, departmental policies and procedures and demonstrate a clear understanding of their practical uses

· Comply with the Council’s Financial Regulations and Standing Orders

· In addition to the responsibilities above, all employees must be flexible in their approach and undertake other duties that are commensurate with their grade in order to achieve the objectives of the Directorate

What’s on offer for the Social Worker

· Excellent competitive pay rate – paid weekly!

· Excellent management structure with experienced leaders

· Desirable location with excellent transport links

· A stable and well-supported working environment

You must have:

  • A professional qualification in social work and experience of working with Adults
  • Social Work England registration.
  • Post qualified experience.
  • Enhanced DBS/Update service.
  • References required for the last 5 years of employment.

Benefits of working with

  • Free on-going training opportunities upon registering as part of our commitment to you.
  • Competitive Rates of pay
  • In house payroll, providing weekly payments and support
  • Enhanced DBS completed.
  • Support and expert advice from an approachable, dedicated and friendly team
  • An assigned dedicated & experienced consultant
  • Various employment opportunities in your preferred geographical area
  • Flexible hours to meet your needs, full or part time
  • Recommend a friend bonus scheme
  • “Find your own job” bonus – get £250 for bringing your own position to us *

If you would like to find out more information about this role, or the other opportunities have available feel free to click the 'Apply' button below or contact the team on 0161 4199285**