In order to maintain a skills balance within the team, this post is not suitable for ASYE Social Workers.
Following a recent department review the opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified and experienced Social Worker to join Darlington Borough Council’s Adult Social Care Department in the role of Social Worker across the First Point of Contact and Short Term and Review Team, based at Central House.
The successful applicant will work as part of the First Point of Contact Team; a team of Social Workers, Community Assessment Officers, and Occupational Therapists responding to initial contacts into Adult Social Care, such as requests for assessments of need, enquiries regarding safeguarding issues, advice and information about local services, and responding to urgent or crisis situations. Plans for piloting rotational work with the Short Term and Review Team, will enable the provision of short term social work with adults aged 18+ with a range of complex needs in the Darlington area, working proactively with service users, their families, carers and other relevant professionals to maximise independence through a comprehensive strengths-based approach to assessment and support planning.
The dynamic, fast paced nature of the team is supported by a strong commitment to the principles underpinning The Care Act 2014 and other relevant legislation. We are looking for people who are committed to strength-based practice, focusing on enabling people as much as possible to build on their own networks and strengths as a means of resolving situations and meeting their needs. The successful applicants will also be able to, through gathering information from initial contacts, make appropriate and sound decisions as to what action needs to be taken, such as referring people for assessments under Care Act 2014, whether safeguarding issues are indicated, or signposting people to partner agencies and services. They will also be responsible for a range of assessments including: Care and Support Needs, Mental Capacity Act, Safeguarding Initial Enquiries, and Support Planning to promote independence and wellbeing ensuring desired outcomes are achieved through person centred planning / strength-based assessment.
The successful applicant will:
• Have sound assessment and care management skills
• Be able to respond to initial contacts appropriately
• Be able to work in a busy environment and to tight time scales
• Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Be committed to multi-disciplinary working
Our team offers regular supervision and appraisal, excellent training opportunities and strong team identity.
For detailed information on this role, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.
For a further informal discussion, please contact Kathryn Simcox, Team Manager, on 01325 406167.