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Senior Social Worker Adults

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

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Richmond and Wandsworth Adult Social Services are looking for experienced, qualified Senior Social Workers to join our Wandsworth Locality teams.

The teams consist of Locality Service Managers, Assistant Locality Managers, Senior Social Workers, Social Workers and Social Care Assessors who work across Wandsworth. The teams focus is to provide a holistic, personalised, strength based service to residents over the age of 18 who have physical disabilities and older people with physical and mental health disabilities.

The teams are currently going through a period of change as we come out of the pandemic so you will assist in supporting the team to explore new ways of working.

Your duties will include:

  • To facilitate service user choice and empowerment through promoting independence and strength-based practice to enable residents to maintain their independence and local community connections for as long as safely possible
  • To assist with the management of budgets, ensuring that processes and procedures are carried out in a timely and effective way; including authorising assessments, reassessments and arranging necessary funding to meet the requirements of individual support plans within available resources.
  • To undertake statutory intervention where service users are deemed to be at risk, including situations where people may be neglected or abused in accordance with the Inter-Agency Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Adults and to chair Section 42 Safeguarding Adults Enquiries where required.
  • To provide operational and motivational leadership of staff, promoting a positive working environment with the primary aim of delivering high quality services.
  • To provide regular, formal professional supervision for practitioners within the team being mindful of both Council’s Policies and Procedures, legislation, and Professional Standards.
  • To manage the duty team and oversee all incoming referrals and safeguarding concerns.

You will:

  • Have a ‘can do’ attitude to work
  • Continuously seek better value for money while meeting resident’s outcomes at lower cost
  • Have the interests of residents and service users at heart, and ensuring they receive the highest standards of service provision
  • Take a team approach that values collaboration and partnership working.
  • Have knowledge of current developments in relevant legislation, national guidance and frameworks and how to access more detailed information when necessary, including the local authority’s responsibility to safeguard adults at risk
  • Be able to make rapid judgements, at times in emergencies

Candidates must have post qualification experience along with a good knowledge of relevant legislation and local authority responsibilities in the safeguarding of vulnerable adults. You must have good communication, decision-making and time management skills.

To apply for this role please complete the application form which will ask you for CV and supporting statement detailing how you meet the requirements of the role.

For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact: 

Ozan Fitton-Brown, Service Manager, on ozan.fitton-brown@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk or

Closing date: Sunday 7th July 2024

Shortlisting date: W/C Monday 8th July 2024

Interview Date: TBC

Useful Information:

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Please note the application process for this campaign will be anonymised.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. If you require any reasonable adjustments throughout the recruitment and selection process, please let us know. We are also committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Some posts may be exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to these posts will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

We offer a wide range of benefits designed to attract, develop, and reward our employees such as 40 days annual leave (including Bank Holidays), flexible working and a generous pension plan.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

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