Senior Practitioner (AMHP Qualified) - Emergency Duty Service - Working for Essex
Salary: £43,477 to £52,302 per annum
Closing date: 29 May 2023
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 12137
Role: Social Care
About the role

Senior Practitioner (AMHP Qualified) - Emergency Duty Service

Permanent, Full Time

£43,477 to £52,302 per annum

Location: Countywide

Working Style: Community-based worker

Closing Date: 29th May 2023

There is an additional 15% flat rate allowance based on the basic salary and a £2,400 AMHP payment with this role. Job share will be considered.

Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It’s an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been named Outstanding by Ofsted, we are delighted and at the same time humbled to have been crowned Social Work Employer of the Year for the second time in the last three years!

The Emergency Duty Service

Responds to statutory emergencies outside of office hours (rota available on request) and also deals with any Social Care situations raised about children and vulnerable adults which cannot be safely left until the following working day. In essence, our task is to assess people’s needs for social intervention through a process of screening, assessment and response. Where necessary the Emergency Duty Service will take action under the supervision of the Duty Manager to keep service users safe, as well as satisfying the statutory requirements in the relevant legislation.

Please note that applicants must be approved under the MHA 1983 (as amended) and also have relevant experience of working within Children and Families to apply for this post.

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Social Work Degree or equivalent and Social Work England registration as a qualified Social Worker
  • Applicants must be qualified as an Approved Mental Health Professional under the 1983 Mental Health Act ( as amended).
  • To have experience of direct work with children and families and preferably to have experience of child protection investigation work.
  • Experience and knowledge of work with vulnerable adults.
  • Experience of working in a Duty Team
  • An ability to work under pressure and to organise practice workload effectively
  • An ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally in a style appropriate to the context
  • An ability to empower children and their carers to enable their full participation in work undertaken
  • Knowledge of current Community Care practice and multi agency systems of Assessment and Care Management for Older People and vulnerable adults
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant policy and recent research findings across all client specialisms.
  • A commitment to anti-oppressive behaviour, practice and management
  • The willingness and ability to work in an open manner as part of a team, with a commitment to sharing and working alongside staff in your own and other organisations whilst at the same time recognising own management responsibilities
  • An ability to approach your work and duties in a culture of flexibility

To read more about us please visit: Children & Families

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.

If you would like to have an informal chat regarding this role, please email who will arrange a suitable time with you for a call.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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