- To provide statutory support to adults with care and support needs and their carers / families, which includes information and advice, assessment, support planning and safeguarding.
- Comply with legal frameworks for social care in line with personalisation principles, which aim to put individuals, families and communities at the heart of care and wellbeing; and in doing so strengthen relationships between members of that community and build social capital. BASW Social Worker Job Profile Version 1 May 2019 2 Operate within defined budgets for social care.
- To undertake Mental Capacity Assessments (MCA) and Best Interest decisions in line with the MCA (2005) principles.
- Work in partnership and liaison with partners including primary, secondary and tertiary health care, private providers, voluntary sector organisations and others to provide coordinated support for individuals and / or carers.
- 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.
- To undertake person-centred social work with individuals and to plan for the provision of support and / or services with them in order to assist them to meet their outcomes and to live as independently as possible.
- To ensure accurate and timely recording of all information and activity onto the social care records database in accordance with work targets set by the Team Manager and Supervisor.
- To support carers to continue in their role.
- To have a well-developed understanding of assessment, support planning and the management of risks for individuals and to be able to apply Council policy and support people to manage risk appropriately. To identify where adults may be at risk and to act in accordance with safeguarding policies and procedures.
- To undertake the role of Investigating Officer, including Section 42 (Care Act) enquiries and multiagency working in accordance with Swindon multi-agency policies and procedures for safeguarding adults, including gathering and analysing complex information and associated risks, and making recommendations in relation to Adult Protection Plans.
- To gather sufficient information about individuals in order to be able to accurately assess their needs against eligibility criteria.
- To ensure that local knowledge about universally available services is up to date including what is available within the voluntary and community sector, as well as the service area’s commissioned and contracted services and to signpost/advocate for people accordingly.
- To ensure that Council corporate and service policies and procedures are followed at all times.
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:
- Evidence of, or commitment to, complete the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).
- Up-to-date knowledge and understanding of strengths-based social work with adults and / or children, including the safeguarding of adults and children.
- Knowledge and understanding of health & social care and other relevant legislation and wider policy context.
- Well-developed interpersonal skills and ability to effectively communicate with people in a variety of ways and levels.
- Ability to utilise a range of Microsoft and electronic social care record software.
- A self-starter, well organised person who is passionate about delivery of high quality personcentric services.
- Ability to work with others in a developmental way.
- Ability to write clear, complex and accurate reports.
- Evidence of appropriate work experience and reflective learning from placement experience whilst qualifying as a Social Worker and of appropriate professional and personal development relevant to length of post-qualifying experience.
- 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.
- HCPC registered.
- May be part qualified of a higher level relevant professional qualification, licence / certificate / qualification required for the role.
- Good IT skills, able to use Word, Excel, E-mail and relevant Care Management Data Bases, be able to access information digitally and to promote use of self-help via digital platforms.