Senior Social Worker - SCDS
  • Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/564/15979
  • Published: Tue 12/10/2021, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 31/10/2021, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £36,922 - ££39,880 plus market supplement (£3,206)
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: BN1 1JE

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Senior Social Worker - SCDS

Job introduction

We are currently looking to recruit one full-time, permanent Senior Social Worker within the new whole life pathway disability service.

Brighton & Hove has carried out an innovative restructure of its services for children and adults with learning disabilities to create a strong, sustainable and ambitious whole life pathway disability service. This new service is called the Specialist Community Disability Service (SCDS).

The management of childrens and adults (integrated multi-disciplinary) disability services has been merged within our Families, Children and Learning Directorate with two new Heads of Service, one with responsibilities for aged 0-24 and the other for 25+. The Heads of Service have responsibility for three social work assessment teams or pods whose functions are differentiated by the ages 0-13, 14-24 and 25+. The formation of the Specialist Community Disability Service is already proving itself successful in ensuring that service users are provided with a more positive transition to adulthood. This is reflected in positive feedback from both service users, families and professionals.   

About the role

We have an opportunity for a full-time, permanent Senior Social Worker within the whole life disability service. This role is within the 14-24 part of the service where we are seeking a candidate with experience primarily in adults social work. This role will also have an opportunity to work with those children and young people who are transitioning from childrens to adult services.

We are a team which provides a challenging and exciting range of social work services to children, young people and adults with disabilities. This includes the areas of duty and intake, undertaking care planning within a multi-disciplinary context through Care Act Assessment and review, appropriate application of the Mental Capacity Act and application of Deprivation of Liberty/Liberty Protection Safeguards, including application to the Court of Protection. We also work with individuals as part of the Transforming Care Agenda and the use of the Mental Health Act. We are also involved in supporting children, young people and adults with Direct Payments and Personal Budgets. The successful candidate would have to have a broad understanding of these issues and co-ordinate proportionate and timely assessments to meet identified outcomes for young people and adults with a learning disability at the first point of contact.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a qualified Social Worker
  • Be responsible for coordinating the allocation of work on the Intake/ Duty Service to meet statutory demands and manage risk appropriately (including Section 42 work)
  • Be responsible for managing their own small caseload autonomously with the support of their supervisor/manager
  • Have the skills to work within an integrated multi-agency setting
  • Be able to support a service undergoing some exciting changes and developments
  • Have experience of supporting and supervising other staff and demonstrate an ability and willingness to develop these skills
  • Have good knowledge, skills and experience of statutory roles and responsibilities
  • Whilst prior experience of working with children, young people or adults with disabilities is not essential it would be an advantage
  • Demonstrate a keen interest in developing their knowledge and skills in relation to disabilities

Brighton & Hove City Council – Taking Action for Equality.

For further information please contact:

Carl Campbell, Head of Service 0-24, on 01273 291158 or

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance ( as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.


Additional information

Regulations now require all staff who undertake work within CQC registered care homes to be fully vaccinated against Covid 19, unless they satisfy one of the medical/legal exemptions.  Being fully vaccinated or being medically/legally exempt will be a condition of your employment and you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status or medical/legal exemption as part of the recruitment process for this role

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Company information

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.

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