• Ref: 202362

Social Worker – Redditch Area Team

  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Pay: £29,777 to £39,189
  • Type: Permanent

Salary: £29,777 – £39,186 per annum + £3k MFS subject to review

About Us:

Welcome to Worcestershire County Council, where flexible working isn’t just a buzzword – it’s ingrained in our culture. We’ve been championing flexible work arrangements for years, recognising its importance not just for operational efficiency, but for the well-being and satisfaction of our staff. Our employees value this flexibility as one of the cornerstones of their experience here. Whether they choose to work from our offices, from home, or from alternate locations, what truly matters to us is the quality and dedication they bring to their roles. We believe that as long as our team members deliver results, the when and where of their work is open to adaptation. Join us in a workplace that values your individual needs and empowers you to thrive.

Our Commitment to People:

At Worcestershire County Council, we are dedicated to upholding our core values:

  • Customer Focus: Ensuring the delivery of high-quality services that meet our customers’ needs.
  • Can Do Culture: Proactively striving for excellence, finding innovative solutions and approaches.
  • Freedom within Boundaries: Effecting constructive change through cohesive decision-making, ensuring responsive services.

Job Purpose:

As an Adults’ Social Worker, your role is pivotal in promoting well-being and enhancing independence for adults and carers within our community. You’ll engage intensively with individuals during crises, empowering them to regain control of their lives and plan for the future. Through meaningful interactions, you’ll conduct assessments, develop support plans, and foster a thriving community life for adults and their carers.

Benefits:

  • Generous holiday benefits: In addition to public holidays, you’ll receive 26 days of paid vacation time (pro rata for part-time staff), increasing to 31 days after 5 years of service. If you currently enjoy more than 26 days at your current job, fret not – if you transition to our team seamlessly, we’ll match your holiday entitlement, up to 31 days.
  • Outstanding pension plan: Our Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) offers a nationwide, career average pension scheme, serving as a valuable component of our comprehensive pay and reward package for employees in local government.
  • Environmentally friendly perks: We offer various benefits to support your eco-conscious lifestyle and contribute positively to the environment.
  • Bike to Work Scheme: Rent a new bike for a fixed monthly fee deducted from your salary.
  • Green Car Salary Sacrifice Scheme: Access a brand-new vehicle for a monthly fixed amount taken from your salary.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Utilise a strength-based approach to support adults with diverse care needs, minimising identified risks.
  • Foster multi-agency collaboration to enable independent living for adults and/or their carers.
  • Ensure compliance with statutory requirements, adhering to best practices outlined in relevant legislation.
  • Engage in reflective practice, contributing to team dynamics and continuous improvement.
  • Identify and address instances of abuse or neglect, actively participating in safeguarding procedures.
  • Represent the Council in legal proceedings when required, advocating for the best interests of service users.
  • Advocate for service users’ perspectives in various forums, facilitating information exchange and decision-making.
  • Conduct eligibility assessments under the Care Act (2014) and support individuals in accessing available resources.
  • Cultivate effective partnerships with agencies and communities, facilitating resource referrals as needed.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Develop innovative support plans aligned with individuals’ goals, emphasizing independence and holistic care.
  • Gather and analyse relevant data to inform decision-making processes.
  • Ensure adherence to legal requirements regarding liberty deprivation, prioritising least restrictive care measures.
  • Collaborate with Child Safeguarding Team to address relevant concerns.
  • Assess eligibility for Continuing NHS Healthcare and facilitate referrals as appropriate.
  • Maintain accurate records in alignment with departmental policies.
  • Make informed financial decisions within established guidelines.
  • Pursue continuous professional development to stay abreast of industry changes and best practices.

Generic Accountabilities:

  • Maintain personal and professional development through training and mentorship.
  • Fulfil additional duties as required, consistent with job responsibilities.
  • Uphold health and safety standards outlined by the Council.
  • Ensure equality, dignity, and respect in all interactions.
  • Seek appropriate support for emotional challenges inherent in the role.
  • Comply with legal requirements for criminal records checks and language fluency.

Additional Details:

  • Flexibility to travel throughout the county, including areas with limited transport access.
  • Consideration for reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act.

Requirements for Applicants:

Experience:

  • Demonstrable background in social work, including assessment and support planning.
  • Experience working with diverse adult populations and collaborating with health and social care agencies.
  • Demonstrable experience of ensuring the full and active participation of users and carers in their own care arrangements.
  • Demonstrable experience of using community resources, family and natural networks of support to create sustainable packages of care for individuals and help prevent, reduce or delay the need for statutory services.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with relevant legislation and strength-based practices.
  • Strong communication and organisational skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams and build effective partnerships.

Qualifications/Training & Development:

  • Professional qualification in social work.
  • Current registration with Social Work England.
  • Any relevant post-qualifying award.
  • A Level 1 qualification in Essential Digital Skills or evidence of excellent IT skills in Microsoft Office

If you’re passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and possess the necessary skills and qualifications, we encourage you to apply for this rewarding opportunity.

Worcestershire County Council is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive work environment. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

Note: This position may require occasional participation in emergency standby duties, compensated according to council guidelines.