Here at West Sussex County Council we are working to transform Adults' Services. We're embracing a strengths-based approach and working towards a community led support model that builds on the assets and strengths of both individuals and their local communities.
Together, we'll focus on prevention, enablement, reablement and safety, to promote wellbeing and independence. We'll ensure that residents, families and communities have the right support in place, and at the right time.
We work to ensure that innovation and evidence-based practice underpins what we do and that we maintain an environment within which our Social Workers can develop and progress in their careers.
For more information, please visit our dedicated website.
About The Job
Salary: £36,922 - £39,888 Grade: NJC 11
Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week)
Contract Length: Permanent
Location: County Hall North Horsham / Currently home based working
Interview Date: February 2022 (Microsoft Teams)
Here at West Sussex County Council, what we do changes lives.
As part of the Adult Care Point team you will be responsible for leading on a specialist area of service delivery at the front door of Adult Social Care, ensuring that key developments are communicated to colleagues and that business change is successfully implemented.
You will be working in partnership with people using services, families and carers, to optimise involvement and collaborative solutions.
Working as a Senior Social Work Practitioner you will support the Team Manager in terms of team performance, incoming demand management and ACP2 (Acting Care Point 2) developmental planning. The role also requires allocation of casework to colleagues, undertaking Care Act assessment of a complex nature, providing support and supervision to Assessment Officers and supporting the team with expert Social Work knowledge and skill.
Experience and Skills
- 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. Embracing assistive technology to support strengths based intervention planning is key.
- 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.
- Ability to work proactively as a member of the team to make an accurate assessment of needs and negotiate and implement effective plans and outcomes.
- Ability to be proactive in having up-to-date knowledge and understanding of changes in legislation and effectively lead and supervise others and to provide coaching and mentoring when appropriate.
Qualifications 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 is desirable.
- Requirement for BIA qualified practitioners to contribute to BIA service delivery, AMHP qualified practitioners to contribute to AMHP service delivery.
- Expectation to undertake post qualifying training in one or more specialised roles, i.e. AMHP, BIA and/or Practice Educator.
- Demonstrable experience of dealing with a wide breath of issues and complex situations and using highly developed analytical skills to provide solution focussed and resource efficient options.
- Evidence of good assessment skills, including the ability to ensure regular reviews and risk management with a variety of individuals, carers or families.
- Evidence of effectively prioritising work and meeting deadlines.
- Experience of managing levels of risk within a caseload of complex safeguarding cases.
Rewards and Benefits
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.
In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to 29 days annual leave + bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
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.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE02906.
For an informal conversation regarding the role, please contact Martin Standish (Team Manager) at .
For issues or queries regarding your application please contact .
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We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to HCPC registration, an enhanced DBS check and 5 years referencing.
West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.
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