Network Healthcare are currently recruiting for a Social Worker in the Emergency Duty Out of Hours Service. This is a part time position that will be for 18.5 hours per week. The Emergency Duty Service is the out-of-hours, first point of contact for anyone who is concerned about the immediate safety or protection of a child, young person or vulnerable adult. It operates through night-times, weekends and holidays and delivers a high quality and responsive service in a timely manner, within emergency statutory guidelines, eligibility criteria and within given resources. It also undertakes a range of assessments and interventions specifically linked to priority child in need, child protection, looked after children and vulnerable adult issues; the core being child protection and urgent Mental Health Act assessments.
The service works closely with police and health protection partners, ensuring the provision of an effective, well-coordinated and comprehensive service.
In this role, you'll lead child protection investigations and will assess and support children in need, within the framework of relevant legislation. In doing so you'll act immediately to secure the protection and safety of children and families, including the placement of children in foster care.
Being adept at assessing needs and determining priorities is a must in this role to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. You will use these skills to instigate timely interventions and promote positive outcomes in line with national standards. This includes the preparation and submission of emergency court applications out of hours, and representing Swindon Borough Council to ensure the protection and welfare of all children and vulnerable adults.
As an Approved Mental Health Professional you will assess children and adults under the Mental Health Act 1983 and Codes of Practice in conjunction with the Mental Capacity Act. You will implement an admission to hospital as an informal patient or by your legal application as a detained patient or form an immediate support plan in the community, assessing the least restrictive alternative and ensuring the patient is not a significant risk to themselves or others.
* You'll already be an experienced Social Worker and will have a minimum of two years post-qualification experience in a child protection or mental health setting.
* You'll have a Diploma or Degree in Social Work or equivalent qualification, and will have an HCPC recognised qualification and registration.
* You will have an Approved Mental Health Professional Award.
Knowledge & Experience
Candidates must have substantial knowledge and experience in the following areas of business and will be required to provide evidence of this:
* Ability to work in and manage crisis situations, to prioritise and work effectively alone and as part of a team
* Ability to assess children and vulnerable adults in a timely manner providing effective outcomes, form and implement immediate protection and safety plans, contribute to short and long term planning processes and problem solve
* Ability to understand, interpret, provide and utilise complex information
* Ability to use a range of computer applications
* Full Drivers Licence
* Minimum of two years post qualification experience in a child protection or mental health setting.
This role is 18.5 hours per week.
In return our client is offering a fantastic salary up to £39,487 per annum plus 20% market factor supplement for unsocial hours working, paid annual leave, free car parking, up to £8000 relocation allowance, regular supervision, training and development opportunities, supportive management team, local government pension scheme, childcare vouchers and more!