Are you passionate about promoting good practice in Safeguarding? Do you excel in working closely with individuals using a person centred, strengths-based approach in achieving what is important to people and in promoting wellbeing? Can you lead on directing and managing responses to safeguarding concerns raised for individuals at risk of, or experiencing abuse in line with statutory frameworks?
An opportunity has arisen for an advanced social worker to join our well established and supportive Community Learning Disability Safeguarding Team.
You would be joining our countywide managed team, working closely with the 26 + Community Learning Disability Teams where you will be predominantly responsible for working in the West Kent team, and at times other parts of the county depending on the business need.
Your role will include co-ordinating the safeguarding process and acting as the Designated Senior Officer for all safeguarding concerns. You will be expected to work closely with the Team Managers and your colleagues to triage safeguarding concerns and promote quality improvement for service providers. There is an expectation that you will develop and support good practice, and work to a high standard.
You must be able to chair multi agency case conferences and work collaboratively with several partner agencies, as well as working proactively with other agencies to develop their learning of safeguarding as this is central to our work practice.
You may also be required to undertake complex investigations in exceptional circumstances.
You will be a registered Social Worker and will need to demonstrate at interview that you are competent to work at the advanced level of the Social Work Professional Capabilities Framework. Successful candidates will either have already completed KCC’s advanced Social Care Capability Framework advanced portfolio or sign up to complete it in their first nine months in post.
You will need to have a high level of knowledge and experience of complex casework including an excellent understanding of the Kent and Medway Safeguarding Policy and Procedures, the Care Act, and the Mental Capacity Act.
A good working knowledge of IT systems and data systems is required to fulfil the requirements of this post. In return full training will be provided alongside regular supervision and the support of committed members of the team.
The ability to travel across a wide geographical area in a timely and flexible manner at various times of the day is essential.
This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service and registration as a qualified Social Worker with Social Work England.
This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.
Interview date: 13 October 2021
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.
Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.