Contract Type: Permanent
Contract Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: Grade H2 SCP 31-35 £37,261 – £41,496 + 20% plussage out of hours payment + 3 additional increments for AMHP
Closing Date: June 9th 2023 at 23:59
An opportunity has arisen to join a committed and experienced Emergency Duty Team who provide an out of hours service.
The team provides an accessible and responsive emergency social work service outside of office hours across Blackpool.
The team provides social work assistance on an emergency basis to a range of vulnerable people, including families where children may be at risk, people with disabilities and/or acute mental health problems (including acting as an Approved Mental Health Practitioner).
Amongst other things your duties will include the following:
To provide social work assistance on an emergency basis to a range of vulnerable people including families where children may be at risk, people with disabilities and/or acute mental health problems (including acting as an Approved Mental Health Practitioner under the Mental Health Act 1983 (2007).
- To undertake child protection enquiries and assessments of adults at risk.
- To undertake swift and thorough assessments of information, circumstances and risk across a range of service areas.
- To ensure the most vulnerable and “at risk” people are made safe until the next working day.
- To maintain links and develop close working relationships with other partners, particularly with the Police and other emergency services, Community Mental Health Teams, Housing, Social Care, residential provision and the Youth Offending Service in order to help develop and foster an integrated delivery of service.
- To ensure that relevant information is referred on promptly to the appropriate service in order for further assessment to take place or for information sharing purposes.
- To attend staff meetings, supervisions, training and AMHP meetings as required.
You will need to be an experienced SWE registered Social Worker and ideally have an AMHP qualification, however Social Workers with experience of dealing with Child Protection matters will also be considered.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join a great team.
What we offer
- Pay: our salary offer is strong and candidates who are recruited from the same or similar role may be eligible for a salary match within the above salary banding
- Genuine flexible working: family-friendly patterns such as flexible start/finish times and state of the art technology support, so you can spend some time working from home.
- Small teams, clear line management and practice development support
- Caseloads: they’re going down, they’re manageable, varied and appropriate to your role.
- Easy and regular access to the senior leadership team & Principal Social Worker
- Social Work England registration fee is paid
- 26 days’ annual leave (rising to 28 after 5 yrs & 32 days after 10 yrs) and the option to buy an additional 5 days on top of that, via salary sacrifice.
- Encouragement to take your TOIL back – we mean it!
- Supervision: our strengthened supervision policy supports you to build a trusting relationship with your manager.
- Leadership is ‘good’ and ‘stable’ – DfE apppinted Independent Commissioner.
- Career development is focused on supporting your development.
- Relocation support up to £8,000
- Blackpool Council Staff benefit scheme: Social Work Benefits and Diversity | Next Step Blackpool
- Employee Assistance Programme, to support you through challenging times e.g. with free counselling, financial or legal advice.
- Mental Health First Aiders that are here for you
- Principal Social Worker Best Practice Awards are our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our amazing and committed staff.
It all adds up to an exciting package.
We’ve strengthened our recruitment process too – You’ll get a quick response to any expression of interest and application. We offer regular virtual interview days and we will keep in contact with you from the day you are offered a role to your first day with us.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children/vulnerable adults. This post is subject to satisfactory reference history of at least two years, Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, medical clearance, evidence of any essential qualifications and proof of Right to Work in the UK in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and amendments to the exemptions order, which mean that certain offences are ‘protected’ and do not need to be disclosed, guidance on the “filtering” of offences can be found at New filtering rules for DBS certificates (from 28 November 2020 onwards) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
For further information on the health and wellbeing support on offer during your employment, please see here.
Have you got what it takes to ride the Roller Coaster ride of Social Work in Blackpool? for further information on the career path and development opportunities available at Blackpool please see here.