Changing Futures Senior Social Worker - Fixed-Term Contract Until October 2024.
This role is available as fixed term for external candidates and is available as a secondment to internal applicants in line with our secondment policy,
Do you want to be involved in a new, innovative and dynamic Programme achieving inspiring work to improve the life chances of the most vulnerable people in society? If so, join us!
An opportunity has arisen for a Senior Social Worker to join the Changing Futures Sussex Programme within Brighton & Hove City Council (Health & Adult Social Care - HASC). In Brighton and Hove Adult Social Care we passionately believe that putting relationship-based practice at the centre of everything we do enables us to provide consistent and quality support to citizens within the city so that they can lead independent and fulfilled lives. Brighton and Hove have a unique demographic which makes it a challenging yet very rewarding place to work. Working closely with our partner agencies, we continue to be at the forefront of making a positive difference in challenging times.
As a Senior Social Worker you will support the delivery of our statutory duties under the Care Act, providing oversight and support to staff in assessing and managing risk. You will have strong leadership and supervisory skills, relevant experience of holding complex casework and be keen to continue your professional development.
About the role
Changing Futures Sussex Programme is one of 15 national Programmes bringing together public and community sector partners to improve the way local systems and services work for adults experiencing multiple complex needs (MCN).
The Programme aims to create an environment where individuals experiencing multiple complex needs, who repeatedly fall through the net of service provision, receive flexible, trauma informed, person-centred support. The Programme aims to enable positive changes in services; to make them better connected, and easier to access. Changing Futures Sussex works in partnership and is embedded across the three Local Authority areas: East Sussex, West Sussex, and Brighton and Hove.
Senior Social Workers within Changing Futures will be part of a multi-disciplinary team who will adopt a curious, creative and collaborate approach to service provision. They will be responsible for supporting the discharging of the local authority’s statutory duties under the Care Act 2014 and Mental Capacity Act 2005. We are looking for innovative thinkers and those that truly believe and practice a trauma informed approach. You will have strong leadership and supervisory skills, relevant experience of holding complex casework and be keen to continue your professional development. The team includes Social Workers, Homeless Prevention Officers, Community support workers, a Domestic Violence and Abuse Worker, a Recovery Coordinator, Mental Health Nurse as well as Peer Support workers with lived experience. The team is part of the wider Changing Futures Sussex Systems Change priorities to identify blocks and barriers in the system, recognising best practice and flexible working to overcome the challenges facing people with multiple complex needs.
Multiple disadvantage or multiple complex needs is defined by the national Changing Futures Programme as people who experience three or more of: homelessness, current or historical offending, substance misuse, domestic abuse, and mental ill health.
The role covers service delivery across Brighton & Hove. Hybrid working arrangements are applicable to the role, this includes elements of office-based working, client visits and working from home.
Fixed term for: Fixed-Term contract 37 Hours until October 2024
Closing date: Midnight Sunday 24th September 2023
Interview date: Thursday 28th September 2023 Interviews will be held in person at Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Hannah Matthew - (Senior Social Worker) firstname.lastname@example.org 07557197590
For more information about Changing Futures please visit http://www.changingfuturessussex.org or for an informal conversation about Changing Futures contact Martin Powell – email@example.com 07732 824770.
Experience we are looking for:
A registered social worker, with experience working directly with vulnerable adults and their families, completing assessments, using legal frameworks, and creating care plans. A good knowledge of psychological development, systemic approaches, and interventions.
You should have had experience of:
• Working with diverse and complex situations and in multi-disciplinary contexts
• Completing assessments and safeguarding enquiries using the Care Act
• Working with people protected by DoLS and/or the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act.
You must also be able to:
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
• Prioritise work in accordance with demand and risk
• Promote and sustain professional relationships with a wide range of people including those with care needs, their family/carers, other professionals and relevant agencies
In return we will offer you regular 1-2-1 supervision meetings, bi-annual appraisals, a career average pension scheme, generous leave entitlement, flexible working opportunities plus a range of other staff benefits.
*Please note: Warranted Approved Mental Health Act Professionals (AMHPs) will be encouraged to take part in rota arrangements for the AMHP provision across the city. The AMHP service operates from the AMHP team’s base at Millview Hospital in Hove. A market supplement of £1,503 p.a. is paid for 30 days a year on this rota, subject to satisfactory adherence to the 2008 Regulations for AMHPs.
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As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.
Part office / part home – hybrid - We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
*For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
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Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).