Social Worker or Occupational Therapist - Organisational Safeguarding (North & Mid Essex) - Working for Essex
Salary: £34,712 to £46,751 per annum
Closing date: 30 May 2023
Location: Countywide
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 12599
Role: Social Care
About the role

Social Worker or Occupational Therapist - Organisational Safeguarding (North & Mid Essex)

Permanent, Full Time

£34,712 to £46,751 per annum

Location: North and Mid Essex, with flexibility to travel countywide as needed

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Applications are welcome from experienced Social Workers and Occupational Therapists along with NQSW’s. The starting salary for a NQSW is £31,161 per annum, rising upon successful completion of the ASYE programme.

Why Join Us?

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.

Whatever you want to achieve in your social care career, you can do it here.

Visit our brochure to find out more about ECC's Adult Social Care services.

What We Offer

We’ll support you to be 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
  • 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
  • Local Government Pension Scheme. View Key Facts and FAQ’s about the LGPS.
  • Volunteering leave (up to 4 days per year)
  • 27 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), rising with service

*T&Cs Apply.

About the Role

This is a countywide role predominantly operating in Mid and North Essex, on occasion you may be required to support Organisational Safeguarding colleagues across South and West Essex. The role will be hybrid with a split between office, home and community working.

Within this specialist team, you will lead and co-ordinate section 42 Organisational and individual safeguarding enquiries, working with care providers to ensure adults are safe, to identify and support the provider to reduce any immediate risks and support on-going stability and sustained improvement.

You will also be responsible for:

  • Undertaking Care Act Assessments or Reviews, Mental Capacity Assessments- as part of this work.
  • Supporting incoming duty line on a rotational basis, triage of referrals, including advice and guidance- to establish if it meets the safeguarding threshold.
  • Oversight of MARAC referrals and attendance at professional’s meetings if and when required.
  • Arranging and managing Organisational Safeguarding meetings, engaging with adults and their families and providing clear feedback on the case and prevalent risks in the organisation and for adults in the service. This may include liaison with other local authorities and key partners as the risk requires.
  • Making Safeguarding and Risk management recommendations and following these actions through to demonstrate improved practice.

Essex County Council work closely with their partners in Mid and North Essex, those joining teams in this area are uniquely positioned to be increasingly involved in partnership projects across care providers, local authorities and the NHS.

About You

To apply you should be a qualified social worker with a current Social Work England registration or a qualified Occupational Therapist with current HCPC registration. You’ll bring at least 1 year’s social work / OT experience, evidence of continuing professional development, and capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards. Ideally you will have experience working within a safeguarding team.

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.

This role involves travelling around Essex and beyond. A driving licence and car - or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means - is essential

Apply now.

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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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