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Social Worker/Senior Social Worker (0-25 Disability Service)

The Role

Do you want to work in a supportive and collaborative team?

Are you passionate about promoting equality and independence for disabled young people and their families?

Would you relish the unique opportunity to work across children’s and adults’ services (up to 25) with young people with disabilities to achieve their full potential in adulthood?

If yes, we have the perfect role for you!

We are looking for a social worker or senior social worker to join our 0-25 Disability Service and play a central role in delivering high-quality and responsive social work across children’s and adults’ services (up to 25).

It’s a role to assess, plan and review disabled young people for short breaks, wellbeing and safeguarding purposes under the Care Act. The role will see you work collaboratively with allied health and social care practitioners, bringing together and coordinating the team around the young person to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to safeguarding, as well as Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Review (APIR).  

You’ll act as the lead professional in statutory cases - including Transition (Care Act 2014) assessments and support planning, mental capacity work and safeguarding adults - while undertaking the full range of social work tasks with disabled young people and their families. 

Ideally the successful candidate will have knowledge and experience of working in both adults and children’s legislation. However, this is not essential and full training will be provided on areas that you’re not a specialist in.

To be shortlisted to interview for this position your CV and personal statement will clearly evidence:

  • A relevant social work qualification and Social Work England membership
  • Passed your ASYE year
  • Creative planning & Assessment skills
  • Experience of working across voluntary and statutory agencies
  • A excellent communicator
  • Understand the needs of children and young people
  • Applied knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance

Benefits

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.

We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

  • Closing Date: 11:59pm on Sunday 7th March 2021
  • Shortlisting Date: Monday 8th & Tuesday 9th March 2021
  • Interview Date: Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th March 2021

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 that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.

Equality statement

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.

Important Information

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

How to apply

To be considered for interview your CV and supporting statement must highlight your knowledge, skills and experience listed in the Job Profile located at the bottom of the advert.

For an informal discussion please contact Eric Richardson, 0-25 Disability Social Work Service Manager, on 020 8871 5844 or email eric.richardson@richmondandwandsworth.gov.u

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