Advanced social workers are highly skilled in their field of social work, are routinely involved in supervision or oversight of others and / or highly specialised practice and / or learning and development. They ensure the integration of professional knowledge, the perspectives of people using services and research / evaluation evidence routinely in their practice and promote this with others. There are three developmental pathways. Social workers may work in one pathway or across pathways.
- Undertake assessments, determine care packages / support plans and manage a large and complex caseload to maintain or improve the wellbeing of individuals in line with agreed service procedures and national legislation.
- Professionally supervise and support other colleagues.
- Participate in and where appropriate chair meetings of internal / external partners and other agencies, Best Interest decision maker, or facilitation of this, CHC joint decision making panels, etc.
- Take a lead role in promoting safeguarding within the team in line with Swindon policy and procedures for safeguarding adults
- . Perform Investigating Officer and Enquiry Manager role including Section 42 (Care Act) enquiries, as required, usually in complex and / or multiagency working situations.
- Manage a small caseload of complex work, using person centred practice principles to assess, support plan and review with the aim of promoting well-being and positive risk taking of individuals.
- Ensure that personal practice is in line with current legislation, including The Care Act (2014), The Mental Capacity Act (2005) and The Mental Health Act (1983) and local policies and procedures, as relevant to the role.
- Ability to manage and resolve complex and high-risk situations using negotiations and diplomacy, involving individuals, their families, or staff groups. Where these fail pass to senior managers.
- Participate in the planning, prioritising and allocation of work within the team.
- Promote, develop and model high quality social work practice including working within statutory responsibilities, evidence based practice and comply with professional standards required by the Health and Care Professions Council.
- To contribute to local knowledge (within the team and the service) about universally available services, including what is available within the voluntary and community sector, as well as the Department’s commissioned and contracted services and to signpost/advocate for individuals accordingly.
- Provide professional support to social workers, assistant care managers and other team members, including development of skills, knowledge and experience and addressing performance issues.
- Provide specific operational professional advice and guidance to team managers, Heads of Service, Directors, and commissioning colleagues on a broad range of issues relevant to social work.
- Supervise and appraise social workers in line with the Post Qualifying Standards for Social Work Supervisors to influence and improve service delivery.
- Provide weekly one to one (and group) supervision to support decision making.
- To take on formal assessor role for newly qualified social workers undertaking the Assessed and Supported Year (ASYE).
- To participate in Practice Education Professional Standards (PEPS) training and undertake BASW Advanced Social Worker Job Profile Version 1 May 2019 4 placement supervision of student social workers.
For all roles within Adult Social Services, Swindon Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and all staff working for the council are expected to share a commitment to this. You will be expected to report any concerns relating to the possible abuse of a vulnerable adult in accordance with the agreed interagency safeguarding adults’ procedures. If your own conduct in relation to the safeguarding of vulnerable adults gives cause for concern, the council’s agreed interagency safeguarding adults’ procedures will be followed, alongside implementation of the council’s disciplinary procedure. The job holder is accountable for their safeguarding of vulnerable adult responsibilities to their line manager.
Knowledge & Experience:
Candidates must have substantial knowledge and experience in the following areas of business and will be required to provide evidence of this:
- Significant relevant professional experience post qualification in a similar work environment.
- Expert knowledge of relevant policy, systems, work practices, professional guidelines, legislation and a good understanding of emerging developments in the area of specialism.
- Evidence of professional development including contributing to the development and learning of others individually and as part of ateam.
- Expert knowledge of social care legislation and policy as it relates to social workers and the wider social care team, including mental capacity and safeguarding adults and ability to undertake consultation role for case holding social workers.
- Experience of working in partnership with service users, other professionals and agencies.
- Experience of supporting people through change and developing and implementing practice, policy and other changes.
- Experience of supervision, appraisal and professional development of staff.
- Excellent ICT skills including use of Microsoft applications and specialist systems.
- Experience of multi-disciplinary and partnership working and awareness of the issues involved.
- Planning and workload management skills.
- Proven assessment and investigation skills appropriate to the scope of the role.
- Ability to carry out complex individual assessments.
- Experience of using professional knowledge to work within referral systems according to established criteria.
- Proven ability to work with challenging individual groups and situations.
- Knowledge of financial assessment processes.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Proven ability to deliver training.
- Accurate record keeping and report writing.
- Good presentational skills.
- Proven organisational skills, including the ability to work under pressure, prioritise your caseload and meet deadlines.
- Good understanding and proven ability to use database informationsystems.
- Takes responsibility for own professional development and commitment to evidenced based practice, including ability to reflect on own strengths and practice / knowledgegaps.
- Proven skills in safe practice techniques and ability to work torisk assessments. ?
- Experience in audit and / or engagement in research.
- Experience in monitoring financial spend.
- You must be fluent in the English language (as a requirement of Part 7 of the Immigration Act - for the effective performance of an individual-facing role).
- Qualified Social Worker, Degree in relevant profession with evidence of post qualifying learning and development.
- HCPC registered.
- Post graduate qualification in a relevant area, e.g. Practice Educator or Best Interests Assessor or Approved Mental Health Professional.
- Evidence of or commitment too Leadership or Manager training / qualifications.