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Senior Social Worker

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Suffolk County Council
Place of work:
West Suffolk House, Bury St Edmunds
Salary details:
£32,029 - £34,585
Job term:
Full Time
37 per week
Closing date:
26 February 2020 10:30 PM
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Secondment or fixed term for 12 months, due to funding to support the Rough Sleeper Initiative.

Flexible Working options available to support you, your work-life balance and career.

Apply by answering 3 competency questions and submitting a short online application.

This is your chance to take up a unique role and develop and specialise in your social work practice.

You will be part of the cross-government initiative, delivered by local authorities to significantly reduce the number of people sleeping rough in response to the Homelessness Reduction Act, with the aim of halving rough sleeping by 2022 and eliminate it by 2027.

The Rough Sleepers Initiative was an initiative by the Government of the United Kingdom's Rough Sleepers Unit (RSU), which resulted from a campaign by St Mungo's, a London homelessness charity, called National Sleep Out Week, designed to accommodate homeless people with emergency hostels.

You will work with and alongside the West Suffolk Council rough sleeper support team and housing team with the main aim of helping those people on the streets. That team of rough sleeper support workers including expertise in addiction and mental health support, was created after successful bids by West Suffolk councils for Government funds.

Ideally, you will possess or develop:

  • local knowledge of West Suffolk
  • knowledge of the organisations available to support rough sleepers
  • experience with a welfare benefits system
  • experience of working with rough sleepers with complex needs
  • awareness of health issues that can affect rough sleepers
  • housing Law knowledge
  • a proven record of working in an accommodation setting
  • First aid training.

We offer:

  • a supportive team environment
  • the best possible support and development to grow your career
  • regular professional supervision and appraisals
  • a vast range of benefits.

The benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements are available
  • Access to exclusive internal opportunities, not available externally or via agencies
  • Relocation scheme for qualifying new employees
  • Free parking for you as a peripatetic worker
  • Free DBS check
  • Public transport discounts and season ticket loan scheme
  • Tax free bikes through our cycle to work scheme
  • A contributory pension scheme
  • Free 24/7 support line, providing general information, counselling and legal advice
  • A wide range of staff support networks and representative bodies.

Above all, we are seeking a great team member with the right values and behaviours, to ensure our workplace values are at the heart of everything we do.

Our workplace values:

    • Achieve – be the best we can be
    • Support – work as one team
    • Pride – take pride in and are proud of what we do
    • Inspire – model the ASPIRE values
    • Respect – give and earn respect
    • Empower – empower, encourage and motivate people.

              We recognise that our staff are our greatest resource and with you in our team, we can achieve some of our authority’s priorities of enabling everyone to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives, while safeguarding the most vulnerable people in Suffolk.

              This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

              For an informal discussion only, please contact Susan Harriott on (01284) 758815.

              Please read the Job and Person Profile before applying for this job.

              Apply by answering 3 competency questions and submitting a short online application.

              This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working. For the types of flexible or part time working available for specific roles, please see the Job and Person Profile. Suffolk County Council - welcoming diversity.#RoughSleeperInitiativ

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