We are adding to our excellent teams on both our Worthing and Chichester (based out of Durban House, Bognor Regis) locations.
Our Worthing community team have a dedicated focus to work and support adults with a range of needs relating from physical health needs, mental health needs, sensory impairments, neurological conditions, acquired brain injuries at later age. We also work collaboratively with individuals and family or friend, carers to identify people's strengths, networks and community assets. We offer a dedicated, strengths-based approach in our work that we know makes a positive difference for the customer. Whether we are engaging with people seeking advice and providing information or starting a journey with people that may lead to a personal budget to meet complex needs, we are always looking to deliver the best outcomes.
The Chichester community team covers a large, diverse geographical area. The team work with adults age 18+ with a range of physical, mental health and substance misuse difficulties, providing statutory Care Act assessments, reviews and completing safeguarding enquiries. The volume of work is significant due to the large area covered. The team consists of 21FTE staff.
Due to the nature of the role, travel is needed and a driving licence is essential.
About The Job
Salary: Social Worker: £33,486 - £36,371 Senior Social Worker: £37,568 - £40,578 per annum
Working Pattern: Full Time, 37 Hours per week
Contract Length: Permanent
Location: Bridge House, Worthing or Durban House, Bognor Regis
As a Social Worker within our team, your role will involve working with adults from 18 years and upwards with physical disabilities, including some memory problems or sensory disabilities. You will be responsible for achieving positive change and improved outcomes, managing a busy and varied caseload by providing a statutory accountable social care service to those people who access or need the service. You will be undertaking Care Act assessments and reviews including mental capacity act assessments, processing safeguarding enquiries as a LEO, working as part of a team. You will be expected to work within organisational, policy and legislative requirements.
For this role you will be expected to demonstrate relevant theoretical Social Work concepts, practices and detailed organisational knowledge relating to the provision of a professional Social Work service dealing with complex issues and ethical dilemmas.
You will be solution focused and systematic with the ability and willingness to work flexibly to assist customers, carers and families and have a good understanding of partner agencies. You will be evidence based, challenging and curious in your professional approach whilst empathising and building up good and honest relationships with individuals, families and other partners e.g. health, housing, support providers.
In this exciting opportunity, you will be able to organise your own workload and time, respond independently and creatively to unexpected problems and situations (with available support from your seniors for advice and guidance when required), and you will have the ability to take a person-centred approach and work with families and advocates whilst ensuring the voice, views and aspirations of the individuals are heard in assessments and reviews. Peer Forum is also part of your assessment process where you will have the opportunity for peer support and advice on availability and support for your customer in wilder community and available local resources and support. You will be able to practice with a strengths based approach, drawing on people's own resources, and those of the community, to meet people's eligible needs and personal outcomes.
Experience and Skills
- Good assessment skills, including the ability to ensure regular reviews and risk management with a variety of individuals, carers or families.
- Able to effectively prioritise work and meet deadlines.
- Able to analyse and interpret information and data, prioritise needs and formulate plans for intervention and service provision.
- Able to work in partnership with carers, colleagues and external agencies to deliver an effective service.
- Able to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral format, including the ability to explain complicated information to others and use negotiation and persuasion skills to encourage others to adopt a course of action.
- Able to recognise limits of own accountability and responsibility and seek appropriate support, advice and supervision.
Grade 11 (Senior Social Worker)
- Ability to analyse and interpret complex people related information and data in order to prioritise needs and formulate plans for intervention and service provision. Solution focussed with the ability to analyse complex situations and provide forward thinking strategies and solutions that consider a variety of possible solutions and balance risks / resources and desired outcomes.
- Ability to undertake direct work with those who access or need the service in order to support individuals. Ability to work in partnership with carers, colleagues and a variety of external agencies in order to deliver the most effective service.
- Highly developed communication skills in order to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and verbal format including the ability 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.