Working for us at West Sussex County Council is all about making a positive difference to the people of West Sussex. Our wonderful Lifelong Services Team are expanding across the county so this is a great opportunity for a qualified social worker to join us. We're embracing a strengths-based approach supporting young people and adults with lifelong physical disabilities, learning disabilities, autism, and brain injuries acquired at an early age.
This is what the members of our Lifelong Services Team say about working here:
"I cannot envisage a more varied and exciting area of social care practice to work within"
"The work can be challenging, however, it is also very rewarding, and I found the team to be amazing. Everybody is really supportive and helpful and I have found that I have been able to find a good work/life balance which is also something I really like about my work"
If you want to be part of this team and work for an employer that is passionate about it's staff wellbeing then start your recruitment journey with us today.
About The Job
Salary: NJC Grade 10 £35,411 to £38,296 to NJC Grade 11 £39,493 to £42,503
Working Pattern: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Multiple Locations
Whether we are engaging with people seeking advice, providing equipment, 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.
We provide a working environment that values professional supervision and offers the right balance between challenge and support. This provides our workforce with what they need to deliver the best possible outcomes for our residents. We work to ensure that innovation and evidence-based practice underpins what we do and that we maintain an environment within which our social workers can develop and progress in their careers. If you have the talent and ambition to achieve the best for the people we serve, then we will support you to progress and develop throughout your social work career.
Experience and Skills
Key skills (These will be used as the shortlisting criteria)
- Good assessment skills, including the ability to ensure regular reviews and risk management with a variety of individuals, carers or families.
2. Able to effectively prioritise work and meet deadlines.
3. Able to analyse and interpret complex situations and people-related information, prioritise needs and formulate plans for intervention and service provision.
4. Able to work in partnership with carers, colleagues and external agencies to deliver an effective service.
5. Highly developed communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and verbal format, to explain complicated information to others and to use negotiation and persuasion skills to encourage others to adopt a course of action they might otherwise not wish to take.
6. Able to recognise limits of own accountability and responsibility and seek appropriate support, advice and supervision.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Degree in relevant professional or equivalent qualification e.g. Certificate of Qualification in Social Work or Diploma in Social Work.
* Completion of relevant post-qualifying training.
* Registration with the relevant professional registration body and responsibility for maintaining registration with that body.
* Advanced 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 complex caseload.
Rewards and Benefits
Our values and support for one another is intrinsic to everything we do and will be a key priority within the assessment for this post. We care hugely about wellbeing, allowing time for a good work/life balance, and developing our team to be the best they can be. Alongside this, we also offer the below benefits.
- 25 days annual leave + bank holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
- Maternity, paternity, dependency, and adoption leave.
- Training and development opportunities, including apprenticeships and personal development.
- Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme, 21.37% employer contribution
- Eligible to apply for a Blue light card
- Discounted membership at selected local sports and fitness centres.
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.