We are looking for an experienced Social Worker and a Senior Social Worker who embody our core values and exhibit our principle behaviours, who are passionate and motivated about supporting people in Buckinghamshire.
The Adult Early Help Team primarily provides advice, guidance, assessment and support to adults who need assistance to maintain or improve their overall Wellbeing.
We now need experienced Social Workers to fill vacancies that have very recently become available. Aspart of the team, your role will be to manage a varied and interesting caseload; to help support the Duty function and to supervise less qualified workers. In return, you will be provided with regular supervision and guidance;have access to numerous training opportunities and receive a competitive salary.
We are a friendly and supportive team who all share a desire to achieve great results for our service users. We'd love you to come and join us.
Our vision is simple. To make a real difference to the people and communities we serve. Now, and for the future. This means safeguarding the vulnerable, creating opportunities, building self-reliance and keeping Buckinghamshire thriving and attractive. All whilst ensuring that we're delivering value for money.
We are a large team of unqualified and qualified workers. We are proud of our achievements thus far and continue to strive for excellence in our roles. We enjoy working together and learning from each other. As we are often the first team our clients come into contact with, it is important we make a good impression. We work closely with our health colleagues and, as a Unitary authority, there is opportunity to work closely with housing providers and other local services.
Our local communities are at the heart of everything we do and they really rely on the work we do. Whether it's new roads being built, helping parents get their children a school place or providing essential support to vulnerable children or elderly residents, what we do touches the lives of everyone in Buckinghamshire.
We are looking for motivated, ambitious and inspiring people to join us on our journey. Not only will you be an integral part of the unique and exciting transition through the unitary process, you will also be entitled to a range of different benefits to make sure you are happy both at work and at home.
About the role
This role is key to achieving the aspirations of Buckinghamshire Council to implement a new approach to social work and social care that is reactive, preventative and personalised, which focuses on the individual's strengths and local assets to support their individual needs.
As an experienced Social Worker, you will be expected to manage and progress a large and complex caseload to maintain or improve the wellbeing of clients. The successful candidates will manage staff, providing professional leadership and opinion within multidisciplinary contexts. It is imperative to advise on specific cases in accordance with the principles of personalisation, ensuring that care and support are person-centred and, as far as possible, the people with whom the team works are put in control of their lives.
Please see the attached for more information.
We are looking for qualified Social Workers who are educated to a degree standard or equivalent. The post-holders will be compassionate, professional, supportive and motivated in their conduct. Applicants should have knowledge and experience of the following:
• Experience within Social Care Services;
• Knowledge of Care Management;
• Clear understanding of the issues relating to anti-discriminatory and anti-racist practice;
• Good interpersonal skills in working alongside people who are ill and/or under stress;
• Effective workload management and an ability to record accurately and produce reports at short notice.
The successful candidates will also need to ensure that professional practice meets national and organisational requirements for recording.
You should be well equipped to provide support and guidance to other professionals. To succeed in this role, you must therefore be a confident and articulate communicator, adept at making professional decisions. You will have the ability to manage competing priorities and demands effectively, and will support others to do the same.
Please see the attached role profile requirements for more information.
All new employees starting with us from 1st April 2020 will join us under the new Buckinghamshire Council terms, conditions and pay scales. For further information please contact [email protected]
Access to / use of a vehicle is an essential requirement.
This post is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Due to the sensitive nature of the duties the post holder will be expected to undertake a criminal record check as part of the recruitment process.
We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are - Proud, Accountable, Collaborative and Trustworthy.
By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:
• a fair and inclusive culture
• the chance to really make a difference to those around you
• health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
• a unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
• ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
• opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events.
About the Business Unit
The majority of Buckinghamshire residents will have contact with our services at some point in their lives. Whether it's for information and advice, access to a dedicated service or through the work of our trading standards or environmental health teams, we aim to deliver to the highest standard possible.
This is a very exciting time to join our Adult Services and Health directorate, as we join together adult social care, public health, housing and regulatory services for the first time in Council history. Our Better Lives Strategy sets out our ambition to enable people to live independently for longer and reduce dependency on services - something we are keen to focus on over the next year. This new directorate gives us the opportunity to develop an integrated approach to services that will better support our residents. After all, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.
Our friendly Adult Early Help team provides a 'front door' service to all adults (age 18 upwards) across the County who are approaching Social Services for the first time and/or clients who do not have any 'active' support (those who are not in receipt of any commissioned package of care).
The team works closely with all the other adult social care area teams, including the Learning Disability team and the Mental Health teams. The team is committed to enhancing existing skills, and work proactively with both Health and Social Care 'Reablement teams' as well as Occupational Therapy and Telecare. Our team gather information and make decisions about which pathways to follow for different contacts and referrals; for example, we might recommend Telecare, signpost to universal services or recommend a 'face to face' assessment.
The nature of our work is extremely varied and interesting. Our 'strength based' approach focuses on working together with clients, putting them at the centre of the assessment process in order to determine an outcome that draws on their strengths and assets.
We recognise and reward you
Hard work and success deserves recognition. That's why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people.
We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafes, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme with an employer contribution of 26%.
We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more: https://jobs.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/working-buckinghamshire-council/
Social Workers are also entitled to a generous enhanced reward package, as follows:
• Competitive salary with a special pay increment of £1,750 to QSW Grade 6 and £2,000 to Grade 7 (full time, annual equivalent) to be split into equal monthly payments
• A 'Golden Hello' lump sum payment of £1000 to QSW Grade 6 and £2,000 to Grade 7 (paid upon successful completion of probationary period)
• New lease car scheme
• Annual leave up to 30 days after 5 years employment
• Local Government Pension Scheme
• 12 - 15 days training, learning and development offer.