Our Lifelong Services Adults Southern team have a unique focus, supporting young people and adults with lifelong physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, and brain injuries acquired at an early age. We also work with adults with sensory impairments acquired at any age (people who Deaf, Deafblind, or who are visually impaired). We offer a dedicated, strengths-based approach to disability that we know makes a positive difference. Whether we are engaging with people seeking advice, providing equipment or skills training, 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.
About The Job
As a Social Worker within our Coastal team, your role will involve working with adults from 18 years and upwards with lifelong disabilities, including physical and learning disability and autism. 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 high quality assessments and reviews including mental capacity act assessments, responding to safeguarding enquiries, working as part of a team. You will be expected to work within organisational, policy and legislative requirements.
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 objective in your professional approach whilst empathising and building up good and honest relationships with individuals, families and other partners e.g. health, support providers.
In this exciting opportunity, you will be able to organise your own workload, respond independently and creatively to unexpected problems and situations (with support from your line manager for advice and guidance on serious problems), and you will have the ability to take a person centred approach and work with families whilst ensuring the voice, views and aspirations of the individuals are heard in assessments and support planning.
You will be able to plan creatively with individuals and families ensuring best use is made of family and community resources whilst ensuring you follow agreed processes accurately and in a timely way. You will undertake post qualifying training and maintain any records of training in line with HCPC requirements. There is a regular and intrinsic requirement to communicate in English with members of the public.
You will be required to travel throughout the County including to locations that are not always easily accessible by public transport.
Experience and Skills
- 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.
Qualification and / or Experience:
- Degree in relevant professional or equivalent qualification e.g. Certificate of Qualification in Social Work or Diploma in Social Work.
- Registration with the relevant professional registration body and responsibility for maintaining registration with that body.
- Theoretical, practical and procedural knowledge of social work. Good, up-to-date working knowledge of legislation relevant to the specialist area of the post e.g. The Care Act and the Mental Capacity Act.
- Good understanding of the necessity of working with partnership agencies including health, housing, learning, statutory, voluntary and independent sector.
- Experience of forming effective working relationships within a multi-agency/ multidisciplinary setting.
- Valid, full driving licence.
- Experience of working in partnership with those who access or need the service and maintaining a focus on the needs of the individual whilst handling conflict and disagreement.
- Experience of effectively coaching and supervising others, acting as practice role model and promoting exemplary practice.
- Experience of managing levels of risk within a caseload.
Rewards and Benefits
In addition to working within a great team and a competitive salary you will have access to:
- 26 days annual leave + bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
- Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme
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.