Social Worker - Best Interest Assessor

Location South East London
Salary £285.14 - £293.00 per day
Central Bedfordshire Council are looking for two additional experienced and high-quality Best Interests Assessors (BIA) to be added to our current pool of BIAs. They will be required to prove their experience and quality of work with an anonymised example of an Form 3 as part of the application process.
There is no set or guaranteed amount available per week however we anticipate that there will typically be around 2-3 allocations available for the successful candidates per week. The allocations are led by assessors making weekly contact to the CBC DoLS team (further details to be given upon successful appointment). The expectation is that most assessments will be completed and returned within 1-2 weeks of allocation.
We are commissioning the assessors to complete 4 of the required statutory assessments (all combined on what is referred to as the Form 3):
• age assessment (paragraphs 4.23 and 4.24 of code)
• no refusals assessment (paragraphs 4.25 to 4.28 of code).
• mental capacity assessment (paragraphs 4.29 to 4.32opf code), and the,
• best interests assessment (paragraphs 4.58 to 4.76 of the code).
In line with their Best Interest Assessor training, the Best Interests Assessor will be required to comply with the MCA statute, the code of practice and associated regulations.
The purpose of the best interests assessment is to establish, firstly, whether deprivation of liberty is occurring or is going to occur and, if so, whether: a. it is in the best interests of the relevant person to be deprived of liberty and it is necessary for them to be deprived of liberty in order to prevent harm to themselves, and ensure deprivation of liberty is a proportionate response to the likelihood of the relevant person suffering harm and the seriousness of that harm.
Please NOTE:
1. Travel/petrol is not additionally paid when the location of the hospital or care home is within CBC boundaries and is considered to be included within the assessment rate (assessors are paid on a per assessment basis).
2. Please ensure that only candidates that have passed clearances are put forward to avoid considering people put forward that are not able to progress.
3. Please do not contact the council directly via email about potential candidates or CVs, unfortunately such emails will not be able to be responded to. This will be managed solely through Matrix.