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Job description

Please note this role is unable to accept Newly Qualified Social Workers and candidates must be AMP qualified. Applicants must be also approved under the MHA 1983 (as amended) and have relevant experience of working within Children and Families to apply for this post.

In ECC we are "Serious about Social Work". We have invested in our workforce and created a positive environment for our social workers to make a difference and achieve change for our most vulnerable children and families through direct relationship-based social work practice. We have supported our staff to have an understanding of systemic theoretical framework and models underpinning our interventions; to have access to the right tools, equipment and resources; and also the right supervision, training and learning opportunities they need to be strong practitioners.

The Team

A comprehensive generic Social Work service to the residents of Essex & Southend at all times, outside normal office hours. The Emergency Duty Service responds to statutory emergencies outside of office hours and also deals with any Social Care situations raised about children and vulnerable adults which cannot be safely left until the following working day. In essence, our task is to assess people's needs for social intervention through a process of screening, assessment and response. Where necessary the Emergency Duty Service will take action under the supervision of the Duty Manager to keep service users safe, as well as satisfying the statutory requirements in the relevant legislation.

The Role

To respond to all emergency referrals under the supervision of the Duty Manager. Duties include:
* Receiving and evaluating referrals and ensuring an appropriate professional response consistent with the Emergency Duty Service Model
* Undertaking formal assessments under the Mental Health Act
* Undertaking risk assessments for children and young people
* Undertaking Child Protection Assessments with particular reference to Section 47 of the Children Act.
* Acting as appropriate adult, under PACE regulation
* Giving advice and support to all service users as appropriate
* Provide supervision and act as a source of consultation for staff where necessary;
* Attending Team and other Directorate meetings arranged and where essential, attending court proceedings, case conference and Mental Health Tribunals
* Contributing to the administrative functions of the Service and providing reports if required by the Service Manager
* Using information systems to carry out duties as required
* Undertaking a workload consisting of the most complex and difficult emergency referrals involving work with the most vulnerable client groups
* Maintaining up to date knowledge of Directorate policies and procedures and of legislation or regulations set down by Central Government in respect of all client groups
* Making use of a range of social work methods such as casework or crisis intervention, also to develop and demonstrate the highest degree of skills in such methods.

* Social Work Degree or equivalent
* Applicants must be qualified as an Approved Mental Health Professional under the 1983 Mental Health Act ( as amended)
* Applicants should have have a minimum of 2 years' experience as an AMHP or within Children's front line Social Care
* To have experience of direct work with children and families and preferably to have experience of child protection investigation work
* Experience and knowledge of work with vulnerable adults.
* Experience of working in a Duty Team
* An ability to work under pressure and to organise practice workload effectively
* An ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally in a style appropriate to the context
* An ability to empower children and their carers to enable their full participation in work undertaken
* Knowledge of current Community Care practice and multi agency systems of Assessment and Care Management for Older People and vulnerable adults
* Knowledge and understanding of relevant policy and recent research findings across all client specialisms
* A commitment to anti-oppressive behaviour, practice and management
* The willingness and ability to work in an open manner as part of a team, with a commitment to sharing and working alongside staff in your own and other organisations whilst at the same time recognising own management responsibilities
* An ability to approach your work and duties in a culture of flexibility.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us.

Job type
Job Sector
Social Care
Job Position
Qualified Social Worker
£38,000.00 - £46,000.00 / year
Essex, UK Show on map
Post date
Closing date

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