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 Senior Practitioners across the county.
We are looking for professionals with a relevant qualification and experience to lead the implementation of this approach. The Senior Practitioner will report to the Safeguarding Team Managers for Adult Safeguarding, and work in collaboration with colleagues in the Central Referral Unit and Quality Improvement functions. They will supervise a small number of Registered Practitioners who will undertake safeguarding enquiries at their direction.
The following information is highlighted to help applicants understand the key priorities for the post holder. 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:-
Manage an Adult Safeguarding caseload made up of mostly highly complex cases which require a high level of specialist expertise to ensure that a proportionate assessment and investigation is undertaken to identify safeguarding action required for adults at risk of abuse, and ensure an appropriate level of resource allocation is made to meet people’s support needs.
Provide a high quality resource of professional advice, guidance and expertise, including case supervision, case conferences, audits, reviews and attendance in court (where necessary), to staff in the team and professionals from partner agencies to help ensure the delivery of a high standard of service.
Support the Safeguarding Team Manager (OPPD) in managing the development of the team’s knowledge base and expertise as well as supporting the other team members to ensure services are delivered and meet the standards required.
A relevant registered professional qualification (Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Nursing) is required.
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): Tuesday 9th October 2018
Closing date: 17th September 2018