Social Worker - Vulnerable Adults Team
£37,722 - £40,869 per annum + £3,000 market supplement
An exciting opportunity for social work career development has presented within the Adult Social Care and Health Directorate for a Qualified Social Worker to work with the ASC Vulnerable Adults Team. The successful candidate will have a keen interest in Safeguarding and vulnerable adults issues generally
We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic team player who is looking for a creative career development opportunity. The successful candidate will need to be knowledgeable, person centred and creative, with a strong belief in/and experience of, effective partnership working and empowerment principles
You will need to have excellent communications skills, both written and verbal and be able to assess and mitigate risk at the initial stage of receiving safeguarding referrals. You will need to be familiar with local safeguarding pathways, policies and procedures, whilst also possessing a broad understanding of all necessary national adult social care legislation, safeguarding policy guidance and in particular the Care Act 2014
You will report directly to and be directly line managed by, the Vulnerable Adults Practice Manager and will be expected to utilise this support to deliver a high quality initial screening and risk mitigation response to all adult safeguarding concerns referred to the local authority with an emphasis on both person centred and timely responses
Overall Purpose of Job:
- To contribute to the daily screening and processing of Adult Social Care safeguarding referrals and Police Merlin notifications
- To provide initial responses and acknowledgements to referrers
- To ensure timely responses to concerns raised, whilst also ensuring that initial risk identified is suitably mitigated and that people are essentially safe with risks reduced
- To adhere to both strength based and making safeguarding personal principles when screening and communicating with persons at risk of harm and their representatives
- Complete electronic safeguarding processes to a good standard and ensure that all necessary supporting information is uploaded to customers records
- Respond to information requests from customers, representatives and safeguarding partner organisations as required
- Ensure that any necessary referrals for assessment or service provision both internally and externally are completed in a timely manner
- Contribute to continuous development of Vulnerable Adults Team by sharing ideas and offer constructive criticism regarding screening processes and procedures
- Ensure quality and value for money at all times whilst ensuring that the service complies with relevant legislation, regulations and policies.
- Work in partnership with Children and Younger Persons’ services to ensure that contextual safeguarding issues are addressed as a response to those young adults at risk of exploitation
Overall responsibility for:
- Operational screening functions and corresponding electronic processes
- Delivering information advice and guidance IAG relating to the safeguarding screening process
- Effective and timely signposting to all internal and relevant safeguarding partner agencies
- Modelling strength based and person centred values and principles in all aspects of the safeguarding screening role
- Supporting the wider agenda of the Vulnerable Adults Team in terms of meeting the increasing and complex demands of vulnerable people who do not always meet local authority or partner thresholds for accessing service provision
A good understanding of Newham and the diverse community that we serve is also an essential requirement for any successful applicant to this post.
The role will be based ordinarily at 1000 Dockside Road but remote home working will likely continue to some degree even when pandemic restrictions are fully lifted. Professional supervision will be provided by the Adult Social Care VAT Practice Manager.
If you would like any further information about this role please contact Tony Pape on: 0203 373 0513.
Closing date: 1st February 2022
Please view Adults Social Worker Job Description
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.
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).