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Social Workers

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Suffolk County Council
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Salary details:
£27,905 - £31,371
Job term:
Full Time
37 per week
Closing date:
23 February 2020 11:30 PM
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Apply by uploading your CV and completing a short online form.

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

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

Appointing you (based on your skills and experience) at:

  • Newly Qualified at £27,905 rising after ASYE to £29,636
  • Experienced at £29,636 - £31,371.

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

Develop your social work career by playing a key role in:

  • one of our three neighbourhood teams
  • our FCST (Flexible Care and Support Team).

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

As a professional Social Worker, 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 ACS, you will be part of a team striving 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.

You will work with adults and older people aged 18 and over (and their carers), including those with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, sensory impairment, dementia and related mental health needs and adults with care and support needs who are at risk of harm or neglect and are unable to protect themselves.

You will be expected to work with complex and challenging cases. In doing so, you will utilise your skills, promoting the person's strengths and potential for independence, reducing the need for more intensive services including prevention of hospital admission.

The Service

In ACS, we work to three areas covering the county of Suffolk called 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 they 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 teams to ensure that budgets are on track. We are led by our assistant director who reports to the Director for ACS.

The benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements available
  • Access to exclusive internal opportunities, not available externally or via agencies
  • Relocation package of up to £8,000 for qualifying new employees
  • Free parking for you as a peripatetic worker
  • 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
  • Benefits scheme that includes childcare voucher salary sacrifice scheme
  • Free 24/7 support line providing general information, counselling and legal advice
  • A wide range of staff support networks and representative bodies.

Our Values

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.

  • 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.

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 email: chonde.nkowani@suffolk.gov.uk so a call can be arranged.

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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