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Senior Practitioner - Autism Lead
  • Employer: London Borough of Newham
  • Reference: 787
  • Published: Mon 16/08/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Closing on: Sat 18/09/2021, 15:40 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: FULLTIME
  • Salary: £40,000 - £44,999
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Greater London

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Senior Practitioner - Autism Lead

Senior Practitioner - Autism Lead
£40,869 - £43,860 pa plus £3,000 market supplement


Experience of working with Autistic adults or adults with Learning Disabilities desirable

Two years + experience, having completed AYSE.

About the role

Newham’s Learning Disability & Autism team is a unique opportunity for a Senior Social Worker to make real and lasting change for those we support.

In Newham all public, voluntary and independent organisations work collaboratively to improve services for autistic people, their families and carers. We want to support autistic adults to:

  • Be independent,
  • Have choice and control to live fulfilling lives
  • Be fully participating members of the wider community
  • Voice their opinions and experiences
  • Have services that meet their individual needs.

About you

As the Autism Lead you will be key in leading the local authorities offer to autistic people. You will hold a manageable case load where you will implement short – long term interventions, utilising a strengths based approach to ensure that independence and wellbeing is promoted in the community. You will routinely undertake social care assessments, reviews and support planning and will also be required to complete mental capacity assessments, Continuing Health Care decision support tools, Court of Protection work and safeguarding enquiries when necessary. You will offer line management and lead on case discussion as required to support other practitioners in supporting autistic adults. 

We're looking for a resilient, experienced Senior Social Worker who is passionate about improving the lives of Autistic people. You are full of energy and enthusiasm, taking a creative but pragmatic approach to practice to help create stability, or change where it’s needed, to achieve positive outcomes for Autistic adults and their carers. You will be passionate about the quality of life for these adults and their families, with a keen interest in promoting independence and wellbeing, focusing on people’s strengths.

You will have previous experience and an understanding of working within a diverse, urban community, and share our ambition and energy in embracing new ways of working. You have high working standards and are conscious of your own professional development and that of those around you. You are always open to learning and to helping others learn so that Autistic

You will have undertaken statutory work as per the Care Act 2014 and Mental Capacity Act 2005, and have awareness of other pertinent legislation (Mental Health Act 1983 / 2007, Human Rights Act 1998, Equalities Act 2010). Experience of undertaking Court of Protection work, or an eagerness to quickly develop skills in this area, is essential. You will appreciate that people’s complex needs are not always best funded by Adult Social Care, and will have an understanding of applying for funding through other means.

You will have previous experience and an understanding of working within a diverse, urban community and share our ambition and energy in embracing new ways of working. You are always open to learning, and helping others to learn, so that the people you support benefit from the very best practice. You have high working standards and are conscious of your own professional development and the potential that comes with this. You really want to develop yourself and be the best practitioner you can be.

Our offer

  • Flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to work from home whilst completing face-to-face visits when appropriate.
  • Smarter Working with new modern technology.
  • Oyster card / parking permit scheme for business use.
  • Permanent and stable senior leadership with a consistent vision.
  • Wellbeing service, leisure and discount benefits (Council scheme).
  • Cycle scheme

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Closing date 17.9.21

Additional Information

The London Borough of Newham is a Disability Confident employer. Candidates who declare that they have a disability in accordance with the Equality Act 2010 and meet the essential criteria as specified in the Job Profile will be guaranteed an interview.

Newham is one of the youngest, most diverse, and vibrant boroughs in the UK. As an inclusive employer, we are committed to ensuring our workforce reflects our local population. We welcome and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, including applicants who are ethnically diverse and/or applicants who have a disability.

Priority consideration on all advertised roles will be given to London Borough of Newham Redeployees.

The London Borough of Newham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 

Please be aware that a Disclosure and Barring Scheme (DBS) check will be required for any position with access to these groups under the provision of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

In addition, the Authority reserves the right  to request employees undertake a basic disclosure check (Disclosure Scotland) where required for the role this includes  anyone who has access to (or information obtained directly from) a government database, or has a GCSX account. These posts will be required to have a Basic Disclosure Scotland check as per the requirements of BPSS (Baseline Personnel Security Standards).