Social Worker-Adult -Safeguarding

Location Dudley
Salary £29.40 - £32.45 per hour
• As an exemplary practitioner, provide leadership and professional knowledge to colleagues; promote innovation and model and facilitate reflective practice
• Work with vulnerable adults who have complex needs to assess their needs and develop support plans to enable them to achieve an optimum level of independence to develop and maintain relationships and be valued members of their community
• Demonstrate professional commitment and a high level of knowledge, critical thinking, communication skills and creativity, in order to support people to achieve positive outcomes and a good quality of life

Specific Accountabilities
• Maintain fitness to practice by meeting the requirements of the Professional Regulator and uphold the reputation of the profession and the Council
• To practice as an autonomous professional, exercising professional judgement and operating within the legal and ethical bounds of social work
• Lead, supervise and mentor social workers (scale 8) ASYE/ trainee social workers, & social work assistants, supporting them to reach appropriate decisions, overcome difficulties and resolve dilemmas
• Provide professional supervision and development for less experienced social workers and students in accordance with Professional Body requirements for continuous professional development. This may include being responsible for identifying and helping to resolve poor practice
• Demand supervision that covers practice, organisational and management aspects of the role, applying critical reflection throughout.
• Provide professional opinion, giving rationale and knowledge base
• Deputise for the ATM/TM as appropriate
• Inform, guide and model good practice in the application of antidiscriminatory practice, supporting others to recognise and challenge discrimination
• Integrate the principles of social justice, social inclusion and equality into practice, enabling access to independent advocacy where appropriate
• Have detailed knowledge of legislative framework of Adult Social Care and to be able to communicate legislative issues to other professionals and agencies
• Have a critical knowledge of a range of theories and models of social work interventions with individuals, families, groups and communities and the methods derived from them
• Work in partnership with people who use services and carers, respecting their views and promoting participation in decision making wherever possible, whilst recognising how and when self determination might be constrained (by law)
• Maintain confidentiality
• Establish and maintain a safe practice environment
Have responsibility for a specicialist area eg BIA; Practice Educator; AMHP etc
• Manage and monitor a workload of very high risk, complex cases and organise work activities taking into account the need to prioritise tasks and responsibilities
• Lead investigations into allegations of adult abuse, implementing adult safeguarding procedures and resultant safeguarding strategies
• Chair and facilitate planning and review meetings as required by ATM/TM
• Contribute to the budget management process
• Use a range of methods to communicate effectively with people using services, eliciting the needs, wishes and feelings of all involved
• Undertake interviews, assessments, observations using appropriate frameworks and applying information gathering skills to formulate plans to meet assessed needs consistent with the function of the team
• Select, use and review timely and appropriate social work interventions that are best suited to the person and their carer, including the design and costing of care and support plans
• Be responsible for the coordination, implementation and review of support plans and respond in a timely way to changes in circumstances
• Work in partnership with people who use services, their families and a wide range of other stakeholders to ensure the provision of quality, innovative services
• Contribute to the development of community resources and have knowledge of local resources, groups and networks that may contribute to enhanced outcomes for people
• Take responsibility for identifying your own learning needs, taking responsibility for improving your practice through appropriate continuing professional development
• Make proactive use of supervision (in line with Dudley’s Supervision Policy) to critically reflect on practice, explore different approaches to your work, support your development across the nine capabilities and understand the boundaries of professional accountability
• Contribute to the development of the organisations information strategy and systems, with particular priority given to maintaining data quality
• Share information in ways that meet legal, ethical and agency requirements
• Record information in a timely, respectful and accurate manner, writing records and reports for a variety of purposes and audiences, using language suited to function and using the required information management systems
• Operate within the legal framework, departmental policies and procedures and demonstrate a clear understanding of their practical uses
• Comply with the Council’s Financial Regulations and Standing Orders
• In addition to the responsibilities above, all employees must be flexible in their approach and undertake other duties that are commensurate with their grade in order to achieve the objectives of the Directorate