Assessing Officer x2

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
06/11/2020 23:59
Grade H. (£29,577 - £32,234).
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Adult Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Civic Centre
Closing date:
6 Nov
Further Information

Assessing Officer – 2 posts: One post will predominantly work in the area of sexual exploitation and the other post will work in the field of substance misuse.

Gateshead Council is a visionary and ambitious Local Authority - ambitious for Gateshead the place, and for the people who live and work here.

We have made significant investment into our Adult Social Care Service (including the MAART team) and are also embarking on a major transformation programme.

The Gateshead Multi Agency Assessment and Referral Team (MAART) co-locates Northumbria Police and Adult Social Care in order to improve the initial response to adult concerns in relation to vulnerable adults.

The role of the MAART is to bring together key partners and forge stronger links with other agencies which enables information to be shared quickly and effectively and allows better informed decisions and actions to be made by all involved.

MAART will provide an early intervention for Gateshead residents who are experiencing chaotic lifestyles, multiple exclusions and negative social outcomes for themselves, families and communities but who may not meet eligibility criteria under the Care Act; and are not engaging with services.

These posts offer the chance to gain experience working in a multi-agency environment across a wide range of subjects including, homelessness, substance misuse, sexual exploitation, mental health, self-neglect (including hoarding) and mate crime.

You will have knowledge of relevant legislation including The Care Act 2014, The Mental Health Act (amended 2007) and its interface with The Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, while having an understanding of the local authority’s statutory responsibilities.

It is essential that you have direct experience of working with adults (and their carers) who present with multiple vulnerabilities, such as substance misuse, mental ill-health and those at risk of sexual exploitation.

You must have experience of providing support, advice and awareness raising through training and education within this complex area. As well experience of undertaking assessments, applying relevant criteria and where necessary identifying appropriate services to meet eligible needs.

You will be highly resilient and must have experience of managing risk and being involved in Adult safeguarding processes.

You will also have a current driving licence and access to a car or means to mobility support. You will have effective communication skills, a flexible and self-motivated approach and be committed to equal opportunities, anti-oppressive practice and interagency working.

You will have good IT skills and have the ability to make accurate recording of case observations and be able to prioritise your workload and manage competing demands. It is essential that you are able to work as part of a team and using your own initiative and have the ability to identify when support, advice and guidance is required.

You will hold qualifications in English and Maths to Grade 4 or Grade C GCSE or equivalent. You will have a willingness to work towards a qualification relevant to the Assessing Officer.

A commitment to continuous professional development and a willingness to undertake relevant training as required by the Local Authority is essential.

If successful you will have to apply for an enhanced Disclosure.

Online applications only at www.gateshead.gov.uk