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*** UPDATE: We are currently looking for 2 Experienced Social Workers (Children's) to join the EDS team at Devon County Council to work our overnight shifts. THe hours will be from 21:30-09:30 (we can be flexible with this if workers need to be home earlier for things such as school run etc) and will follow a pattern of 3 on, 3 off or 4 on, 4 off, depending on what the worker would prefer! This will need to be discussed with the line manager at interview. Due to the nature of the role/team we do require candidates to be based in Devon, therefore we will offer an accommodation allowance. Devon Emergency Duty Service is a generic social care service made up of senior childcare social workers / AMHPs and community care workers, who respond to emergency social crises relating to adults, children and their families out-of-hours. The primary roles of the team are to respond to safeguarding concerns relating to adults and children and requests for Mental Health Act assessments. You must be able to work independently and within a team, and have a high standard of analytical, assessment, organisational and communication skills. You will need to have the ability to prioritise referrals based your own risk assessments and have the personal qualities to maintain the ability to make professional and sound decisions whilst working under pressure. Candidates will need to have attained a recognised social work qualification and be registered with Social Work England. A minimum of 3 years post qualifying experience working in statutory children’s social work services is essential. Significant experience of completing strategy discussions/meetings and undertaking child protection enquiries is also essential as well as the ability to lead in these roles. Understanding of the local authority’s wider statutory duties and experience of working with a broad range of service user groups is desirable. Devon is a mostly rural county, and as our localities cover a large area and accordingly our candidates can be expected to travel some distance between visits. In some areas, candidates will not be able to rely on walking, cycling or public transport to make visits. We therefore require candidates to have access to their own suitable transport, subject to reasonable adjustments that may need to be made in line with the Equality Act 2010. Role & responsibilities: • Ensure the local authority's statutory responsibilities are met at all times. • Answer and respond to generic calls received by the service, record initial details and ensure the senior social worker is advised so appropriate allocation can be made. • Ensure all work is recorded to the highest level & that this is available as information for the appropriate team at the start of the next working day. • Adhere to care management processes and systems required by each local authority specialist service. • Establish working relationships with other agencies and partners to secure agreed outcomes for children, adults, older people, people with disabilities and their carers. • Provide advice/information re ‘social care’ legislation and policy to other statutory and partner agencies as required. • Take an advocacy role in relation to all vulnerable and disadvantaged citizens of Devon deemed to require immediate social care intervention out of hours. You will need to be able to work out of hours, hold a valid driving licence, have access to a car and be able to drive to anywhere in Devon/surrounding area as required to undertake urgent assessments. The team is based in Exeter. Currently the team are working remotely but this is likely to change subject to government guidance. You must be based within a reasonable distance to Exeter to be able to respond to urgent assessments. Full training on systems, processes and an induction will be provided as well as appropriate equipment required. An enhanced DBS check is required for this post.
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