Safeguarding Adults represents one of the most significant activities in KCC’s Adult Social Care and Health Department. Following extensive analysis and testing of a new way of working the Safeguarding Services in OPPD are embarking on a new operating model.
The testing demonstrated the benefits of managing Safeguarding Services through dedicated teams of specialist practitioners. To support the implementation of this model and sustain the benefits of the changes we are looking to recruit a number of Registered Practitioners across the county.
We are looking for professionals with a relevant qualification and experience to be involved in the implementation of this approach. The Registered Practitioner will work under the direction of skilled and experienced Senior Practitioners to undertake safeguarding enquiries on behalf of the Local Authority. They will work in collaboration with colleagues from other agencies (e.g. Health, Police, CQC and Commissioning.
The following information is highlighted to help applicants understand the post holder’s key priorities. Applicants are advised that discussion with the recruiting manager might assist the applicant to have a fuller appreciation of the job role.
What the Role involves:-
Be the Inquiry Officer allocated to specific safeguarding concerns and enquiries which require Registered Practitioner capability within the parameters of the Directorate’s agreed policies and procedures. Pro-actively work towards the timely resolution and closure of safeguarding enquiries in line with agreed timescales and team performance frameworks.
Identify and process any safeguarding and ‘quality of care’ issues linking closely with the Quality Improvement Team to ensure appropriate action is taken to protect and promote people’s welfare. Refer appropriate issues to the relevant agencies (e.g. CQC; NHS) and internal teams in a timely manner to ensure that the quality and standard of services provided are at agreed levels.
Develop and maintain effective working relationships with health professionals, private providers and voluntary sector and local referral management services to ensure the smooth transition of clients through the system. Develop effective working relationships with Adult Social Care colleagues in other teams and functions across the OPPD Operating Model, and within the Central Referral Unit (Safeguarding); to support efficient and timely inter-team working.
Communicate effectively with clients and families on a range of issues. Provide appropriate intervention in difficult and complex personal and family relationships. Promote independence through the provision of information, services and equipment to manage risk. Ensure that safeguarding activity conducted promotes safety, independence and well-being.
This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service and a relevant professional qualification (Social Work, Nursing or Occupational Therapy) as well as up to date registration with the appropriate professional body.
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Kent and beyond to transport children and their belongings and be available to do so in an emergency. You should note that public transport is rarely a viable option as your role will involve you transporting people and equipment to venues in very rural areas, often with limited public transport.
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.
The administrative base is subject to negotiation but the post holder will be required to work across the whole county dependent upon business needs.
For further information on this role please contact Jay Aylett on 03000 415652.
Interview Date(s): Wednesday 10th October 2018 and Friday 12 October 2018
Closing date: 17th September 2018