The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth present a unique opportunity to be part of a locality team that has strong social work values and a focus on improving outcomes to vulnerable adults and their carers.
We currently have a Senior Social Worker vacancy in the Richmond and Barnes Social care team and are looking for a positive, experienced social worker who shares our values and commitment. We are offering this opportunity internally to staff who are passionate about improving lives of residents and want to take the next step in their career to support staff to provide excellent standards of social work.
The team is conveniently based 12 minutes from Clapham Junction in the heart of East Sheen. The team is co-located with our district nursing colleagues and conveniently situated next to two large GP surgeries, the library, Sheen Day Centre and the Alzheimer’s Carers Café.
Your duties will include:
- To facilitate service user choice and empowerment through promoting independence and strength-based practice to enable residents to maintain their independence and local community connections for as long as safely possible
- To assist as required with the management of budgets, ensuring that processes and procedures are carried out in a timely and effective way; including authorising assessments, reassessments and arranging necessary funding to meet the requirements of individual support plans within available resources.
- To undertake statutory intervention where service users are deemed to be at risk, including situations where people may be neglected or abused in accordance with the Inter-Agency Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Adults and to chair Section 42 Safeguarding Adults Enquiries where required.
- To provide operational and motivational leadership of staff, promoting a positive working environment with the primary aim of delivering high quality services
- To manage the team’s duty team and oversee all incoming referrals and safeguarding concerns.
The person interested in this post will:
- Have a ‘can do’ attitude to work
- Continuously seek better value for money while meeting resident’s outcomes at lower cost
- Have the interests of residents and service users at heart, and ensuring they receive the highest standards of service provision
- Take a team approach that values collaboration and partnership working.
- Have knowledge of current developments in relevant legislation, national guidance and frameworks and how to access more detailed information when necessary, including the local authority’s responsibility to safeguard adults at risk
- Be able to make rapid judgments, at times in emergencies
In return, we offer several benefits for our employees including a strong commitment to professional supervision and supporting staff, excellent training and support with continuing professional development, flexible working and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.
In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and a supporting statement on your knowledge, skills and experience. This information will be used for shortlisting purposes.
For an informal discussion or further information on the retention scheme please contact Margot Behrmann, Locality Manager on Margot.Behrmann@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk
Indicative Recruitment Timeline
Closing Date: 8th December 2019
Shortlisting Date: w/c 9th December 2019
Interview Date: TBC
Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.
The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA)