• Ref: 202358

Social Worker – Worcester Area Team

  • Location: Worcestershire
  • Pay: £29,777 to £39,186
  • Type: Permanent

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

Join Our Team in Enhancing Lives!

About Us:

At Worcestershire County Council, our commitment to excellence is underpinned by our core values:

  • Customer Focus: Delivering top-tier services tailored to meet our customers’ needs.
  • Can Do Culture: Proactive in achieving excellence, fostering innovative solutions.
  • Freedom within Boundaries: Initiating positive change through collaborative decision-making, ensuring responsive services.

Job Purpose:

We are seeking a dedicated Social Worker to champion the well-being of adults and carers, facilitating their independence and access to community resources. This role involves intensive support during crises, empowering individuals to regain control of their lives and plan for the future.

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.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Engage with adults using a strength-based approach to address diverse care needs and manage risks effectively.
  • Collaborate with professionals to ensure a holistic, multi-agency approach promoting independence for adults and carers.
  • Uphold statutory requirements, adhering to best practices outlined in the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005, and Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Participate in reflective practice and peer support initiatives, contributing to a cohesive team environment.
  • Identify and support adults and carers at risk of abuse or neglect, adhering to safeguarding procedures.
  • Represent the Council in court proceedings when necessary and advocate for the service users’ best interests.
  • Facilitate meaningful conversations to assess eligibility under the Care Act (2014) and develop tailored support plans.
  • Build strong relationships with external agencies and the local community to ensure comprehensive support networks.

Additional Duties:

  • Develop creative support plans aligned with individuals’ outcomes to enhance independence.
  • Gather and analyse information to inform decision-making processes.
  • Ensure compliance with Continuing NHS Healthcare eligibility criteria.
  • Maintain accurate records and adhere to Adult Services’ Recording Policy.
  • Make financial decisions within the framework of Adult Social Care’s Devolved Decision-Making Policy.
  • Stay updated on legislative changes and fulfil continuing professional development requirements.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Demonstrable experience in social work, including assessment and support planning.
  • Proficiency in working with diverse adult populations and coordinating 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.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • Thorough understanding of current legislation and strength-based practice.
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to organise tasks effectively and collaborate within multidisciplinary teams.
  • IT proficiency, particularly in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Professional qualification in social work and 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.

Additional Information:

  • Flexibility to travel throughout the county, including areas with limited public transport.
  • This post is subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Check.
  • Compliance with the English Language Requirement for Public Sector Workers is essential.

Join Us:

If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of adults and carers, and meet the requirements outlined above, we encourage you to apply.

Worcestershire County Council is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion. We welcome applications from all backgrounds.