The Integrated Adult Safeguarding Unit are looking to recruit a Social Worker, on a 12 month fixed term basis.
This role will involve supporting the team with Community Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) assessments. You will 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. You will be working within the Re-X Procedures, Mental Capacity Act 2005, and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), supporting individuals as well as their allocated workers through applications to the Court of protection.
The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 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 these legal principles is essential.
Your role will ensure that people who are unable to consent to their care are protected if their arrangements deprive them of their liberty, ensuring that this course of action is appropriate and in their best interests.
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.
We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. Applicants should note that the successful candidate will be asked to:
- Provide proof that they have successfully registered with Social Work England
- Obtain an enhanced Criminal Records Disclosure.
You will have a recognised professional qualification Social Work Degree/Dip SW or equivalent, good interpersonal and communication skills, a flexible approach and a willingness to continually improve your practice; in addition, you must hold a full driving licence.
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/.
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 w/c 19th October 2020.
Please note interviews will be held in accordance with current Government social distancing measures and carried out via Skype video conferencing.