We are adding to our excellent teams our Worthing (Bridge House), Chichester (based out of Durban House, Bognor Regis) and Crawley locations.
This is an exciting opportunity, and we are looking for staff who share our passion for the customer group we support and who can help us to be even better than we are today and improve the customer's journey. If you are happy to join our team and wish to take this opportunity, then we would like to talk to you.
Due to the nature of the role, travel is needed and a driving licence is essential.
About The Job
Salary: Social Worker: £35,411 - £38,296 Senior Social Worker: £39,493 - £42,503 per annum (Plus £561 per annual weighting for Crawley based roles)
Working Pattern: Full Time, 37 Hours per week
Contract Length: Permanent
Location: Bridge House, Worthing or Durban House, Bognor Regis or Cawley Library, Crawley
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.
You can undertake CPD to progress to a Senior Social Worker (grade 11) and will maintain your SWE account.
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.
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
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 CAFHE03915 .