Social Worker -Learning disabilities

Salary Competitive
To provide a social work service to adults (including older people) with physical, sensory or learning disabilities and their carers, (including those who are terminally ill) with a particular focus on enquiries into allegations of significant harm (abuse). This includes working with individuals and/or their families and multi disciplinary colleagues, providing practical assistance, advice and information, working with community supports and liaison with other agencies, seeking the help of other professionals as necessary 6. To assess, sometimes jointly with staff from other teams, service users’ and carers’ needs including evaluating the level of risk, in accordance with agreed criteria and Departmental policies 7. To attend Strategy Meetings and Case Conferences as required to discuss the assessed needs of the service user in the context of allegations of abuse 8. To make recommendations for protection plans for service users who are the victims of abuse and obtain authorisation from the relevant budget holder where required/appropriate 9. To maintain and take responsibility for effectively managing a personal workload in consultation with the senior practitioner or Team Manager 10. To monitor and review protection plans when required 11. To ensure, along with colleagues in other parts of the department, that service users are at the centre of the safeguarding adult’s process including clearly identifying what outcomes they are seeking from the social work intervention (Making Safeguarding Personal) 12. To ensure that mental capacity assessments are carried out wherever required 13. To take responsibility for action in relation to the liberty or safety of service users in emergency situations 14. To offer cover for other fieldworkers/team members at times of sickness or other absence, providing whatever essential service is needed in an emergency 15. To accept work, including urgent work, from the Team Manager or any other person delegated to act on their behalf 16. To participate in team meetings and plan and organise case conferences, planning meetings and reviews as necessary 17. To liaise with staff throughout Social Services as well as other departments of the Local Authority and to liaise with statutory, voluntary and independent organisations to ensure that working relationships are maintained, developed and strengthened 18. To keep up-to-date records (using primarily the Framework-i system), in accordance with the departments Recording Policy, prepare reports and comply with the administrative and financial requirements of the Department 19. To ensure that Children’s Services are contacted if (in the course of the safeguarding adult’s work) a child in the family is causing concern 20. To assist relevant managers in keeping with their allocated budgets and resources 21. To participate in the Department’s annual appraisal discussions and attend study days, seminars, training courses, as identified through that process 22. To seek and accept managerial and professional supervision on a regular basis from designated managers/supervisors within the department 23. To seek advice and guidance on matters that need resolution and report shortfalls in services to line managers 24. To be aware of and implement statutory requirements and council and departmental policy, practice and procedures in relation to professional, administrative and financial matters. This includes knowledge of relevant Social Services legislation e.g. Care Act 2014; Mental Capacity Act 2005, pan London safeguarding adults procedures and relevant government policies 25. To ensure within the boundaries of confidentiality and good professional practice there is the fullest co-operation with other agencies and that in all contact with service users and their carers they are treated with respect 26. To ensure appropriate use is made of Information Technology systems and that they are operated within Departmental policies and guidelines 27. To contribute to the development of Departmental Policy and Practice and to Departmental research into the agency functioning and current service users need if required 28. To accompany/transport service users to appropriate venues where necessary 29. To contribute to the development of a team training strategy and participate in in-service training 30. To offer advice to other works in the multi-disciplinary team where a social worker has a particular level of skill or knowledge 31. To undertake any other duties that may be required commensurate with the general level of responsibility of the post