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Senior Social Worker

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Suffolk County Council
Place of work:
Riverside, Lowestoft
Salary details:
£32,029 - £34,585
Job term:
Full Time
37 per week
Closing date:
23 February 2020 11:30 PM
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Flexible working options available to support you, your work-life balance and career.

Apply by uploading your CV and completing a short online form.

Lowestoft or Beccles Area, North Locality, Adult Community Services (ACS).

Join us and develop your social work career, by playing a key role in either Neighbourhood Team 1 or 2.

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.

Your role

Working you will help ACS support people to achieve the outcomes that matter to them in their lives, promoting their wellbeing and independence.

You will need to join us in our commitment to delivering effective, efficient services that offer high-quality, person-centred care and the best quality support within the resources available. We embrace the use of digital, technology and innovation, delivering a higher quality service to people living in Suffolk, by doing the right thing at the right time and place.

You will play a key role in promoting personalisation, independence, wellbeing and choice by providing a social care service to adults with care and support needs and their carers, carrying out complex strengths-based assessments / reviews, short-term enablement plans, specialist mental capacity assessments, support plans and safeguarding plans.

As part of Adult and Community Services (ACS), you will have the opportunity to empower Suffolk residents to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. You will strive to support independence amongst people accessing our services, using our Supporting Lives, Connecting Communities framework and Signs of Safety and Wellbeing practice approach. This approach draws on strengths, resources and networks that people and families have, to identify and build solutions that work for them and respects people as experts in their own lives.

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.

To carry out this role, you will need to be Social Work Qualified and HCPC registered.

The Service

In ACS, we work to three areas covering the county of Suffolk; North, Ipswich and East, and West localities, with offices based in the towns.

Our community social work teams in each locality are made up of social workers, occupational therapists and independence and wellbeing practitioners, along with business support colleagues.

Each team (aligned to its local GP surgeries) has its own manager who in turn is supported by an experienced and established senior management team. There is an area manager covering each part of the county and additional support is provided by central service / transformation leads.

Senior Practitioners are employed within each of the four areas and cover operational practice and professional development, linking into the county professional advisors. An Allocation Lead ensures that workflow within each area is effective and a Finance and Performance manager completes the set-up, working with the teams to ensure that the budgets are on track. We are led by our Assistant Director who reports to the Director for ACS.

The benefits include:

  • flexible working arrangements
  • a relocation package of up to £8k for qualifying new employees
  • free parking for you as a peripatetic worker
  • a free DBS check (if you are not registered on the DBS Update Service)
  • public transport discounts and season ticket loan scheme
  • tax free bikes through our cycle to work scheme
  • a contributory pension scheme
  • a benefits scheme that includes childcare voucher, salary sacrifice scheme
  • a 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 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.

For an informal discussion only, please email: chonde.nkowani@suffolk.gov.uk to arrange a call.

Please read the Job and Person Profile before applying.

Apply by uploading your CV and completing a short online form.

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.

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