Senior Social Worker - Changing Futures (Mental Health)
Fixed Term, Full Time
£41,552 to £50,290 per annum
Working Style: Anywhere worker
This is a 24-month fixed term contract or secondment opportunity.
With us, you can achieve more – for yourself as well as the vulnerable adults you work to support. We’re always looking for new ways to deliver even better services, Social Workers play an integral role in our preventative approach to Social Care. We encourage our multi-disciplinary teams to share their ideas and experience. We work together to get things done. Bring your positive, proactive attitude, and we’ll empower you to make the most of your experience within Essex County Council (ECC) Adult Social Care services.
About the Role
You will work with service users who suffer from Mental Health difficulties and who can experience multiple disadvantages next to their Mental Health difficulties, such as homelessness, substance misuse, domestic abuse and / or contact with the criminal justice system. There will be an extra focus on supporting people suffering with substance abuse and mental health in this role.
The team is part of a successful project supported by public health which aims to reach service users who have difficulties with their Mental Health and who can experience multiple disadvantages and complexities in their lives. You will be working closely with partners in other organisations and specialist addiction services.
Managing your own complex caseload, as well as supporting colleagues with theirs, you’ll be a source of specialist advice and enable the mitigation of high levels of risk. You’ll also bring your professional expertise to contribute to the development of practice standards and our four key principles of prevention, early intervention, enablement and safeguarding.
Joining the Changing Futures Team at Essex means you will be working in a supportive and innovative environment enabling you to develop your own ideas to make meaningful changes to the service user’s lives. Working with community groups, family and carers you will ensure advocacy for people with Mental Health, substance abuse and social care difficulties. This role enables you to build meaningful relationships with our service users and make a difference in their lives.
The team will be countywide community based with a mixture of working from home, local office-based working and working directly with adults in community settings.
At Essex County Council Adult Services our mission is clear. We want to make the best and most sustainable use of all resources available to the adult, their families, and carers. To ensure they have access to information and tools to enable them to live healthily and independently for as long as possible, and to exercise choice and control over their lives. And to ensure the safety, dignity, and quality of life for all the adults we work with. To make sure we achieve our goals, we’ve transformed our service to be far more proactive. Moving from focusing on long-term care and support, our new model is centred on four key principles - prevention, early intervention, enablement, and safeguarding. We’re very proud of our service and the work we’re doing with all our partners to build community capacity and resilience.
To find out more about what it’s like working within ECC’s Adult Social Care services, please see a short video here.
To apply, you should be a qualified social worker with current Social Work England registration and be post-qualified 2 years with an in-depth knowledge of complex cases and The Care Act.
We require a proactive worker who has a proven record of working complex cases and supporting other staff members. A worker who wants to develop and become part of the management Team.
You’ll bring significant experience of social work, modelling good practice and providing advice and guidance in complex situations. We’re also looking for your ability to mentor both newly-qualified and experienced team members. As, as a subject matter expert in relevant professional practice, you should have a comprehensive understanding of current legislation, regulations and guidance.
With experience of chairing meetings involving clients, family members, carers and other multi-agency professionals, we’re looking for your ability to develop strong relationships with partner agencies and the local community to provide a supportive framework for vulnerable adults.
You’ll also bring:
- Evidence of continuing professional development and capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards.
- An in-depth understanding of the financial implications of commissioned care packages.
- The ability to make clear decisions, to highlight and limit potential risks associated with intervention.
This role involves travelling around Essex. A driving licence and car - or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means - is essential.
What We Offer In Return
We’ll support you to be to your best …
- Training and development to empower you from our award-winning Essex Social Care Academy.
- With us you can make your career work for you with flexible working options
- With us you can get the support you need with employee wellbeing and counselling
- Lease Car scheme and free parking (amend where free parking is not available)
- Up to £8000 for relocation *
- With us you can have peace of mind with life assurance of three times annual salary
- Payment of professional fees for approved professions
Whatever you want to achieve in your social care career, you can do it here.
For more information contact Abbie.Mollison@essex.gov.uk
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on https://www.workingforessex.com/working-here/pay-reward/
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment .
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