Salary range: £35,724 - £38,799 p.a. inc.
Hours of work: 36 hours per week
Location: Civic Centre and other locations from time to time
The SMART Service (Supportive Multi-Agency Response Team) is looking to recruit an experienced Social Worker for this brand new and innovative team
Brent is a tremendously vibrant London borough where the iconic arch of Wembley Stadium dominates the skyline. Spanning both inner and outer London, it is a borough of huge contrasts in terms of its economic, environmental, ethnic and social make up. Brent’s diversity is evident to all who visit our borough and our long history of ethnic and cultural diversity has created a place that is truly unique and valued by those who live and work here.
The council is pursuing a far-reaching transformation agenda that better meets the needs of our community so it is an exciting time to join us.
This is a new and unique service in the London Borough of Brent and has been created to provide targeted support for individuals with intersecting complex needs, particularly those with vulnerability and experience of exclusion that impacts on their mental health and wellbeing. These individuals would not normally be eligible for support from adult social care, as they do not meet the criteria set out in the Care Act. They may be under primary care for mental health, and are less likely to be managed long term under secondary mental health, potentially due to their reduced ability to engage.
The SMART Service is a creative response to work with people within the Borough who often have a cycle of homelessness, mental health admissions, drug and alcohol dependencies and contact with Criminal justice and probation services. Their multiple complex needs requires a more holistic response in order for them to be able to move forward and until now there has not been a targeted provision for this group of people.
We are looking for an experienced social worker who has worked effectively to support people with mental health problems and complex social problems in the community. Utilising your social work strengths in communication and engagement you will support service users who traditionally have found it difficult to maintain a relationship with professionals. Working as part of a mini team who will wrap around the service user, you will support the service user to identify their needs, stabilise and move forward with their life.
We will be utilising a strengths based approach in our work with complex service users with multiple needs. We are looking for a social worker who is creatively able to comprehensively assess people’s vulnerabilities and risks and identify ways in which service users can be supported.
You will assess people who are marginalised and difficult to engage, they may be Care Act eligible and at risk of significant harm. You will utilise your social work skills to identify and mobilise services, commission packages of care and safeguard our service users.
You will need to be able to work creatively with an assertive outreach approach.
What can you expect? To be part of a dynamic team with expertise in mental health and social care that embraces creative ways of working. Weekly wellbeing and reflective practice sessions are embedded into the team’s practice.
Closing Date: 09 March 2021 (23:00)
Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.
We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.
Brent has a positive approach to flexible working.
As a disability confident employer Brent welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including hidden disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on email@example.com. Please note the information you provide will be treated fairly and confidentially.
Please note CVs will not be considered as part of your application for this position.