The Integrated Adult Safeguarding Unit are looking to recruit two Social Workers to join the team, on a 12 month fixed term basis.
We are looking for suitably qualified social workers registered with Social Work England. You will be working within the Re-X Procedures and the Mental Capacity Act 2005, supporting individuals as well as their allocated workers through applications to the Court of protection.
The candidate should have a keen interest in Human Rights, Social Justice and have an understanding of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and how this applies within Adult Social Care. As the Community DoLS Social Worker, you will work closely with service users and their allocated workers, legal teams and provider services with the identification, triage and process of ensuring applications are made to the court of protection where Deprivations of Liberty are deemed attributable to the state.
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) scheme is used to assess and authorise deprivations of liberty in care home, hospice and hospitals environments. However, a “deprivation of liberty” that is “attributable to the state” can occur in other community settings. This includes supported living arrangements and domestic settings. In these community settings, the DoLS scheme is not available, so the organisation who funds the care must review the care arrangements to see if it can be delivered in a way that does not deprive the person of their liberty. If this is not possible, they must make an application to the Court of Protection for an authorisation. Due to an increase in the number of applications for Community DoLS, the Court of Protection launched a streamlined procedure in November 2014. This is known as the Re-X Procedure and the procedure leads to judicial approval of the current or proposed care plan, subject to review at least annually. In care homes and hospitals- DoLS can only be applied to adults 18 years and over – but in community settings, DoLS can be applied to a person 16 years and over. If someone is deprived of liberty- they may be entitled to compensation for breach of their rights where an authorisation is not applied for appropriately and promptly. A solid understanding of the legal principles is essential.
This role will provide you with opportunity to work as a team with your Social work colleagues as well as with a variety of professionals, using your IT skills to write reports and attending multi-disciplinary meetings. As a Social worker, you will also have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Working for Halton Borough Council provides you with many benefits. We offer a car allowance; up to 33 days holiday; a flexible working week, free parking and access to the Local Government Pension scheme. We provide a comprehensive range of learning and development, including management training for those who wish to follow this career pathway. For more information about the benefits of working for the Council click here: https://jobs.haltonbc.info/working-in-halton/.
We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. If you are successful we will undertake additional recruitment checks which will include a check to see if you have had any criminal convictions, a check of police information and we will check the relevant barred list(s). It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.
For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Dean Tierney, Principal Manager of IASU on 0151 511 8776 or Steve Westhead, Practice Manager on 0151 511 8513.
Please visit https://jobs.haltonbc.info/how-to-apply/ for more information on how to apply. Please refer to the person specification when completing the form.
Interviews will be held on 08/09/2020.