An exciting opportunity for social work career development has presented within the Adult Social Care and Health Directorate for a Senior Practitioner / Social Worker to work with Newham’s Street Population Team.
The successful candidate will ideally have previous experience / interest in Street Homeless / rough sleeping issues and an understanding of both the National and local policy context including relevant legislation.
The role is a new post, with funding initially available for one year and is therefore being offered as a Secondment opportunity for 12 months for Permanent staff and a fixed term contract for one year for Locum staff.
We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and dynamic Senior Practitioner / social worker who is looking for a creative career development opportunity. The successful candidate will need to be innovative and flexible with a strong belief in / and experience of, effective partnership working. You will need to have excellent communications skills, both written and verbal and be able to manage a complex case load whilst also being expected to attend and contribute to local Street population operational and strategic forums as and when required.
Senior Practitioner / Social Worker for Street Population Team
PO4 - £39,774 - £42,681 plus £3,000 Market Supplement
Fixed Term Contract / Secondment Opportunity for 1 year
• To contribute to the borough’s street homelessness strategy in the professional safeguarding arena across ASC and health commissioning areas.
• To flexibly support initial response to high risk street homeless cases and provide robust time limited care coordination and case management input as and when required.
• Contribute to and support further development of Newham Council’s Street Homeless Multi-agency task and care planning meeting process.
• To hold a case load in respect of individuals who are known to Street Population services and appropriate partner organisations, as and when required, in line with locally agreed referral pathways and procedures.
• To develop strong links with local street homeless services with a priority on: Street Outreach, Substance Use, Primary and Secondary Health services, NCfMH, Praxis (No recourse to public funds) Local AMHP and local Enforcement and Police services. (List not exhaustive)
• Deliver improvements to information gathering on vulnerable adults coming to notice due to homelessness issues and gather intelligence in line with GDPR regulations, in order to inform future intelligent commissioning strategies.
• Ensure quality and value for money at all times whilst ensuring that the service complies with relevant legislation, regulations and policies.
• To lead on developing robust data collection and analysis of all street homeless related activity in Newham by liaising closely with Newham’s Business System’s Team to determine requirements and produce necessary datasets as required.
• To ensure compliance with all requests from relevant agencies requiring evidence of progress
• To report progress quarterly to Street Population Manager/ Rough Sleeping Commissioners
Overall responsibility for development and coordination of:
• Robust and flexible initial response to statutory Care Act 2014 assessment and risk assessment requirements for homeless and rough sleeper adult referrals.
• To provide specialist senior social work case management input to individuals impacted by homelessness and rough sleeping issues.
• To develop strong and effective partnerships with all partner organisations directly involved with the support of and to people who are experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping issues in the borough of Newham.
• To contribute to the development of data capture process within Azeus to enable accurate reporting of homeless and rough sleeping related activity
A good understanding of Newham and the diverse community that we serve is also an essential requirement for any successful applicant to this post.
The role will be based at Unex Tower in Central Stratford with the Street Population Team with operational daily management input being provided by the Street Population Manager and professional supervision being provided by the Adult Social Care MASH Team Manager.
If you would like any further information about this role please contact Tony Pape on 0203 373 0513 or Nicky Hyde on 0203 373 4444
The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.
Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.
The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
In addition, the Authority reserves the right to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).
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IMPORTANT: If you are an LBN member of staff and applying for this role as a secondment you should note that secondments are subject to the agreement of your current employing service. Please ensure that you inform your line manager of your intention to apply for the post in the first instance.