Senior Social Worker Practitioner
The teams have excellent working relationships with health colleagues through the proactive care initiative, where social work representatives regularly factor into local GP surgery multi-disciplinary meetings.
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About the job
Salary: Grade 11 £36,922 to £39,880
Working Pattern: Full time, 37 hours
Location: Horsham and Chichester Teams
This exciting opportunity is for a lead professional, who will be responsible for delivering a statutory social work service to people who access or need the service, to include assessment, planning, reviewing and leading on complex safeguarding enquiries. This includes being responsible for leading on a specialist area of service delivery, ensuring that key developments are communicated to colleagues and that business change is successfully implemented. We are looking for a candidate who will be able to support and deputise for the Team Manager in terms of day-to-day management, team development and moving effectively into the future. You will work collaboratively with individuals and family or friend carers to identify people's strengths, networks and community assets. You will remain up-to-date and compliant with all relevant legislation and adhere to organisational procedures, policies and codes of conduct as well as Social Work England professional standards.
Experience and Skills
To be qualified for this role you are expected to be working at Senior Social Work level or higher, have relevant, advanced theoretical Social Work concepts and practices and a detailed organisational knowledge relating to the provision of a professional Social Work service dealing with very complex health, social care and safeguarding issues. You will be expected to have a breadth of understanding of the therapeutic interventions that can be used and an excellent understanding of the partnership agencies including health, housing, education, statutory, voluntary and independent sector and knowledge of management strategies in order to confidently manage internal and external issues.
You will also be able to demonstrate the following relevant skills and experience:
- Solution focussed with the ability to analyse complex situations and provide forward thinking strategies and solutions that consider a variety of possible strength-based solutions, balancing risks, resources and desired outcomes.
- Highly developed communication skills in order to influence in a multi-disciplinary setting and communicate clearly and effectively to explain complicated information to a wide range of people and negotiate and persuade others to adopt a particular course of action that they may not otherwise wish to take.
- Ability to diagnose, research best practice development, analyse and interpret complex or technical information to make effective and robust judgements, and write reports which consider business implications and make articulate recommendations considering the broader impacts on the business.
- Ability to think creatively, innovatively and laterally and to adapt to changing situations in a measured and flexible manner in order to tailor the advice.
Qualification and / or Experience:
- Degree in relevant professional or equivalent qualification e.g. Certificate of Qualification in Social Work or Diploma in Social Work.
- Completion of relevant post qualifying training.
- Registration with Social Work England and will be responsible for maintaining registration.
- Practice Teachers Award/ Practice Education (PEPS 2 level), Best Interest Assessor (BIA) or Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) qualification. Desirable
- Requirement for BIA qualified practitioners to contribute to BIA service delivery, AMHP qualified practitioners to contribute to AMHP service delivery.
- Experience of managing levels of risk within a caseload of complex safeguarding cases.
- Experience of effectively supervising and coaching others.
- Valid, full driving licence. Desirable
Reward and benefits
In addition to 29 days annual leave and a generous pension scheme as an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
From 11 November 2021, individuals who work in or carry out some of their duties in CQC-registered care homes must by law be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be medically exempt from vaccination. This requirement applies to the role advertised and successful applicants will need to provide evidence that they are fully vaccination or exempt before employment starts. We value your interest in our vacancy and if you are concerned about how this provision might affect your application, please contact us to discuss it.