• Ref: 202357

Social Worker – Wyre Forest 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 at Worcestershire County Council and be part of our commitment to delivering exceptional care and support services. At Worcestershire County Council, we prioritise the well-being and independence of our community members, and we’re seeking a dedicated Social Worker who shares our values to join us in this mission.

Our People Values:

We are committed to upholding Worcestershire County Council’s values, which guide our actions and decisions:

  • Customer Focus: Deliver high-quality services that meet the diverse needs of our customers.
  • Can Do Culture: Embrace proactive approaches to achieve excellence, finding innovative solutions and methods of operation.
  • Freedom within Boundaries: Drive constructive change through collaborative decision-making, ensuring services remain responsive to evolving needs.

Role Overview:

As a Social Worker for Adults, your primary responsibility will be to engage with adults and carers, fostering their well-being and facilitating access to community resources. You will provide intensive support during crises and assist individuals in planning for their future. Through meaningful conversations, you will conduct assessments, develop support plans, and empower adults to lead fulfilling lives within their communities.

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:

  • Utilise a strength-based approach to work with adults with diverse care and support needs, aiding in risk reduction and management.
  • Collaborate with professionals from various sectors to ensure a holistic, multi-agency approach that promotes independence.
  • Adhere to statutory requirements and best practices outlined in the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005, and Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Engage in reflective practice, offering peer support and participating in shadowing opportunities to contribute actively to the team.
  • Identify and support individuals at risk of abuse or neglect, adhering to safeguarding procedures and seeking necessary support from line management.
  • Represent the authority in legal proceedings when required, advocating for the well-being of service users.
  • Facilitate discussions to assess eligibility under the Care Act (2014) and identify available resources to meet individuals’ needs.
  • Develop creative support plans focused on achieving desired outcomes and promoting independence, in alignment with Care Act (2014) principles.
  • Maintain accurate records, comply with Adult Services’ Recording Policy, and adhere to financial decision-making boundaries.
  • Gather and analyse from a variety of sources that will provide an informed judgement for the decisions you make.
  • Identify any potential deprivation of liberty and ensure the least restrictive means of care provision prior to instigating legal proceedings.
  • Promote the welfare of Children and discuss any safeguarding concerns with the Adult Safeguarding Team.

Required Experience, Skills, and Qualifications:

Experience:

  • Demonstrable experience in social work, including assessment and support planning with individuals and carers.
  • Experience working in social care with adults, particularly older adults and those with physical disabilities.
  • Proven ability to actively involve users and carers in their care arrangements and collaborate with health and social care agencies.
  • Familiarity with community resources and networks to create sustainable care packages and prevent the need for statutory services.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong understanding of Social Work theories and practices, current legislation, and strength-based approaches.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to engage with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Proficiency in organisational and prioritisation skills, multitasking effectively in a dynamic environment.
  • Capacity to work collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams and build strong partnerships with external agencies and communities.
  • Proficient IT skills, including Microsoft Office applications.

Qualifications and Training:

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

Additional Information:

  • Ability to travel throughout the county, including areas with limited public transport, to fulfil job requirements.
  • Flexibility to undertake additional duties or training as required by the role.
  • Commitment to health and safety duties and promoting equality of opportunity and respect for all.
  • Willingness to receive appropriate support for the emotional demands of working with vulnerable individuals.

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