Locum Adult Social Care Senior Social Worker- Safeguarding - Mid Essex

Essex County Council

Locum Adult Social Care Senior Social Worker- Safeguarding - Mid Essex

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Essex County Council, Chelmsford

  • Full time
  • Temporary
  • Onsite working

Posted 2 weeks ago, 22 Jun | Get your application in now before you miss out!

Closing date: Closing date not specified

job Ref: 01eb2ef74f404827888e1b4b225f32e6

Full Job Description

  • Senior social workers are passionate in demonstrating expert and effective practice ability in complex situations.

  • Managing a caseload and supporting colleagues with complex cases, with an ability to mitigate high levels of risk.

  • Working collaboratively with statutory and non-statutory/voluntary agencies ensuring a joined-up approach.

  • Must have significant experience of social work- modelling good practice and providing expert safeguarding advice and guidance is essential in this role., Senior Social Workers will provide a source of specialist advice and professional expertise for social workers, contributing to the development of practice standards and the four key principles.

  • Be accountable for assessment of complex social care needs and provision of support for vulnerable adults to ensure they are safe and have good outcomes to promote independence.

  • Be accountable for working within the statutory legal framework, policy and guidance and determining when the threshold for statutory intervention has been reached in line with legislative and organisational standards within the Care Act 2015 (e.g MCA/DoLS/CHC assessments etc).

  • Be responsible for managing a complex caseload, maintaining accurate and timely data reports and presentations as required.

  • Be responsible for participating in a range of case conferences, court attendance, meetings and statutory reviews, pro-actively taking the lead when a social care perspective is required.

  • Be accountable for conducting assessments and plan responses which safeguard vulnerable adults, including intervention as required.

  • Builds strong effective working relationships across the Council, with external partners and members of voluntary agencies.

  • Delivers a high level of expertise in particular areas of practice and leads on those areas, contributing to the development of a prevention and early intervention service.

  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

    Educated to degree level (i.e. Diploma or degree in social work, CQSW, CSS) or equivalent.

  • Evidence of continuing professional development and demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards eg professional capability framework, knowledge and skills statement.

  • Significant experience of complex case management of safeguarding concerns & enquiries

  • Has a recognised qualification i.e. PE/BIA/AMPH or currently on the recognised programmes; or has completed an alternative relevant formal learning experience. Furthermore, that social worker is actively applying the qualification to the role of mentoring/developing individuals or groups and can evidence this in practice.

  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered social worker

  • Significant experience of social work, demonstrating a comprehensive and up to date understanding of all relevant legislation, regulations and guidance.

  • Experience of mentoring and supervising both newly qualified and experienced staff (this does not have to be through line management) and being a subject matter expert in professional practice.

  • Experience of chairing meetings involving clients, family members and/or carers and other multi-agency professionals.

  • Developing strong relationships with partners, other agencies and the local community to achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for children and vulnerable adults.

  • Understanding of the financial implications of care packages commissioned

  • Proven track record of clear decision making in order to highlight and limit the potential risks associated with intervention.


  • To read more about us please visit: Adult Social Care

    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.

    Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda - one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We're immensely proud of our flexible working options.

    The Organisational Safeguarding Team provides supportive, coordinated, and preventative support to addressing provider failure and works with internal and external partners to undertake targeted prevention and skilled assessment of widespread risk in relation to organisational safeguarding.

    The Opportunity

    ECC Adult Social Care, through effective practice, is moving towards a transformational shift from a focus on long-term care support, to a model with four key principles: - prevention; early intervention; enablement and safeguarding.

    This will enable people, their families and carers to access information and tools, live healthily and independently and for our function an opportunity to respond pro-actively to growing service demand in a sustainable way, within the financial constraints of the Council.