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Social Worker (experienced)

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Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
24/10/2021 23:59
Full time equivalent salary (pro-rata for part-time hours) - Band 10 (£32,234 - £34,728 per annum) / Band 11 (£35,745 - £38,890 per annum)
Job Category:
Social Care - Adult Service
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Employment Location:
Central House / currently blended working
Post Number:
POS000912, POS006650, POS006988, POS007097, POS000918, POS007099, POS000939, POS000933
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Job details 

Closing date:
24 Oct

Further information

We are currently looking for social workers to join us and help us to realise our ambitions to support the residents of Darlington to be as independent and healthy as possible.

Do you want to be part of a council where senior managers are visible and understand the challenges of social work and where ingenious and innovative social work is welcome? Joss Harbron, our Assistant Director for Adult Social Care says “Darlington has an established and successful track record in adult social care, where high challenge comes with high support. There is strong engagement with citizens and strong partnerships and collaboration across the directorates. I believe we deliver strong visible leadership, with clear governance, accountability and in a culture which welcomes active contributions from the teams whilst delivering high performing services”

Darlington Adult Social Care has undergone a significant transformation within the last few years, with an emphasis on maximising independence, delivering personalised outcomes, promoting a cost effective and stable market. Our priorities are focussed on supporting reducing isolation, delaying where possible the onset of support needs, providing an intermediate care offer, supporting carers, as well as ensuring people are safe from harm.

We have a culture of working together across all directorates with the ambition to grow and develop partnerships. Darlington has a stable provider market and excellent collaborations with stakeholders and partners.

As a social worker, you will form collaborative relationships with key partners including acute, primary and community health care, voluntary and independent sector to promote health and well-being and preventing, reducing, and delaying need in line with the Care Act.
Through strength-based assessments and interventions and a focus on the whole person- and person-centred care, you will support adults with care and support needs and their carers to achieve their desired outcomes and well-being.

To achieve this, you will be experienced in delivering personalised care and support plans in line with national legislation, Care Act principles, Mental Health Act, and ensuring people are safe from harm.

This is an exciting opportunity for social workers who want to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a progressive and supportive organisation. If you have these shared values and enjoy high challenge which comes with high support, we want to hear from you.

What’s in it for you?

As an adult social worker in Darlington, you can expect to be fully supported on your development journey by robust caseload management, regular supervision and appraisal, outstanding training and development opportunities, an excellent total reward package including competitive salary, 31 days annual leave and a wide range of employee benefits promoting wellbeing. Our recently enhanced career and pay progression scheme offers a clear growth and development pathway accompanied by competitive pay at each progression level, which reflects the increased complexity of the role and the experience required from our social workers.

Our employee offer includes:

• 31 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays, with option to purchase additional Annual Leave (pro-rata for part time working)
Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme with option to make Additional Voluntary Contributions
Flexi-time scheme
Enhanced Maternity/Paternity and Adoption Leave payments
Green Car Leasing Scheme
• Access to a wide range of training, learning and development expertly managed by a dedicated Workforce Development team and Darlington Academy
• Access to free physiotherapy sessions
Access to free, confidential counselling
• First class health and wellbeing initiatives
• Cycle to Work Scheme in partnership with Halfords
Reduced cost membership for the Dolphin Centre’s Fit for Life Package
• Season ticket car parking permits or subsidised Town Centre parking permits subject to criteria
• Discounted Arriva Travel Pass
• Access to Childcare Vouchers scheme subject to criteria

Watch our video to view the full range of benefits we offer http://youtu.be/_wqcdduznKs

Available vacancies:

ADULT CONTACT TEAM – 4 full time permanent posts and 2 full time fixed term posts (until 31/3/2024)

You will work as part of a cohesive team of social workers, community assessment officers and occupational therapists, under the supportive guidance of a recently appointed team manager and senior practitioners. The team deliver two functions:

• a front door element responding to initial contacts into Adult Social Care, such as requests for assessments of need, enquiries regarding safeguarding issues, advice, and information about local services, and responding to urgent or crisis situations

• a short-term casework element, enabling the provision of short-term social work with adults aged 18+ with a range of complex needs in the Darlington area, working proactively with service users, their families, carers, and other relevant professionals.

We are looking for experienced social workers who are committed to strength-based practice, focusing on enabling people as much as possible to build on their own networks and strengths as a means of meeting their needs. You will be skilled at gathering relevant information from initial contacts and making appropriate and sound decisions as to what action needs to be taken and refer appropriately. You will have demonstrable assessment and care management skills and the drive and passion to make a difference in a dynamic and fast paced multi-disciplinary team.

For more information and an informal discussion about the roles, please contact Sam Cairns, Team Manager on 01325 406167 or samantha.cairns@darlington.gov.uk

SAFEGUARDING ADULTS TEAM – 1 full time permanent post and 1 part time (18.5 hours per week) permanent post

You will work as part of a pro-active and forward-thinking team and will play a key part in providing a first-class response to safeguarding adults. You will contribute to the operational delivery of the Darlington Multi Agency Safeguarding Policy and Procedures. This will include carrying out initial enquiries in relation to safeguarding concerns received and evaluating and analysing the information gathered. It will also involve participating in Safeguarding Adults Strategy meetings. Additional responsibilities include giving advice and guidance in relation to Safeguarding Adults to members of the public or other professionals and linking with the Police in relation to Police Vulnerable Adult Concerns.

We are looking for experienced social workers with in-depth knowledge of the Care Act, Making Safeguarding Personal and the Mental Capacity Act ad who are skilled at applying this knowledge to develop and promote high-quality social work and safeguarding practice.

For more information and an informal discussion about the roles, please contact Natalie Thompson, Service Manager on 01325 406737 or natalie.thompson@darlington.gov.uk

For detailed information about the roles, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification. We are looking to appoint to either Band 10 or Band 11 therefore please ensure that your personal statement addresses the relevant requirements of the salary band for which you are applying.

General Information for Applicants:

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 2 November 2021

All applicant email correspondence will come from donotreply@northeastjobs.org.uk and may be directed to your Junk folder depending on the settings of your email account. Please check both your email and Junk folder as all applicants will be notified whether they have been shortlisted.

From 11 November 2021, the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 come into force which require staff working in or visiting professionals attending CQC registered care homes providing accommodation and nursing or personal care to have had a full course of vaccination or hold a certified exemption from vaccination. Please note that these roles have been deemed to be within the scope of the legislation and as such the successful applicant will be required to provide certified evidence of their vaccination status or medical exemption as part of their pre-employment checks.

All posts require a satisfactory Enhanced DBS disclosure and Adults Barred List check.

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