Brighton & Hove is carrying out an innovative restructure of its services for children and adults with learning disabilities to create a strong, sustainable and ambitious whole life pathway disability service.
The management of children’s and adults (integrated multi-disciplinary) disability services has been merged within our Families, Children and Learning Directorate with two new Heads of Service, one with responsibilities for aged 0-25 and the other for 25+. The Heads of Service have responsibility for three social work assessment teams or pods whose functions are differentiated by the ages 0-14, 14-25 and 25+. The redesign of this new service is continuing with a view to being in place in September this year. It is anticipated that this new structure will provide service users with a more positive transition to adulthood.
About the role
We have an opportunity for a part-time, permanent Senior Social Worker within the 14-25 part of the new whole life pathway disability service. Specifically, we are seeking to recruit a Senior Social Worker with children’s experience where there will be a focus on transitions to adult services. There is an expectation that, in due course, the role will cover the full 14-25 age range. Candidates with experience in both children and adult social work is preferable but not essential; however, those with an enthusiasm to learn about the area of social work they are less familiar with are very welcome.
We are a team which provides a challenging and exciting range of social work services to children, young people and adults with disabilities. This includes the areas of duty and intake, child in need, child protection, Care Proceedings, Looked After Children, permanence planning with focus on transition to adulthood; undertaking care planning within a multi-disciplinary context through Care Act Assessment and review, appropriate application of the Mental Capacity Act and application of Deprivation of Liberty/Liberty Protection Safeguards, including application to the Court of Protection. We are also involved in supporting children, young people and adults with Direct Payments and Personal Budgets.
The successful candidate will:
- Be a qualified Social Worker
- Be responsible for managing their own caseload autonomously with the support of their supervisor/manager
- Have the skills to work within an integrated multi-agency setting
- Be able to support a service undergoing some exciting changes and developments
- Have experience of supporting/supervising other staff or demonstrate an ability and willingness to develop these skills
- Have good knowledge, skills and experience of statutory roles and responsibilities
- Ideally, have experience of both children and adults statutory social work or be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm to learn about the area of social work they are less familiar with
- Whilst prior experience of working with children, young people or adults with disabilities is not essential it would be an advantage
- Demonstrate a keen interest in developing their knowledge and skills in relation to disabilities
For further information please contact:Carl Campbell, Head of Service 0-25, Telephone: 01273 265825 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency's Points-based Immigration System.
From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.
As part of Brighton & Hove City Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.