Social Worker (Adult Contact Team – Front Door)
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£28,672 - £34,728 Annually (Band 9/10, appointment / progression to Band 10 is subject to meeting DBC progression criteria)
Hours per week:
37 hours per week
Social Care - Adult Service
Following a recent departmental review the opportunity has arisen for a suitably qualified and experienced Social Worker to join Darlington Borough Council’s Adult Social Care Department within the Adult Contact Team, based at Central House in Darlington.
The successful applicant/s will work as part of a team of Social Workers, Community Assessment Officers, and Occupational Therapists. The robust front door staff respond 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. The case worker element of the team, will enable 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. There are plans for piloting rotational work within the team functions in order to develop skills and enhance knowledge for all staff.
The dynamic, fast paced nature of the team is underpinned by a strong commitment to the principles underpinning The Care Act 2014 and other relevant legislation. We are looking for people 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 resolving situations and meeting their needs. The successful applicants will also be able to, through gathering information from initial contacts, make appropriate and sound decisions as to what action needs to be taken, such as referring people for assessments under Care Act 2014, as to whether safeguarding issues are indicated, or signposting people to partner agencies and services. They will also be responsible for a range of assessments including: Care and Support Needs, Mental Capacity Act, Safeguarding Initial Enquiries, and Support Planning to promote the independence and wellbeing ensuring desired outcomes are achieved through person centred planning/strength-based assessment.
The successful applicant will:
- Have sound assessment and care management skills
- Be able to respond to initial contacts appropriately
- Be able to work in a busy environment and to tight time scales
- Have excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Be committed to multi-disciplinary working
Our team offers regular supervision and appraisal, excellent training opportunities and strong team identity.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals.
For detailed information on this role, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.
For a further informal discussion, please contact the Team Manager on 01325 406167.
An online application form and further information are available from www.darlington.gov.uk/jobs. Alternatively, you can contact Xentrall Recruitment Services, Tel: (01642) 526992 or email: email@example.com