Richmond and Wandsworth Adult Social Services are looking for an experienced, qualified Senior Social Worker within the Richmond and Barnes Social Care Team. This team consists of Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Social Care Assessors who are co-located with the local District Nurses and Community Matrons. The team’s focus is to provide a holistic, personalised, strength based service to residents over the age of 18 who have physical disabilities and older people with physical and mental health disabilities.
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. Limited car parking space are available for staff.
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 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 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 judgements, at times in emergencies
Candidates must have post qualification experience along with a good knowledge of relevant legislation and local authority responsibilities in the safeguarding of vulnerable adults. You must have good communication, decision-making and time management skills.
Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV and complete the short questions.
For an informal discussion please contact Margot Behrmann, Locality Manager on Margot.Behrmann@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk or 0208 487 1678.
In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance. These include compressed hours, home working (dependent on service need) 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 are also offered.
Indicative Recruitment Timeline
Closing Date: Wednesday 11th March 2020
Shortlisting Date: Thursday 12th/Friday 13th March 2020
Interview Date: Tuesday 24th March and Wednesday 25th March 2020
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).