We Are St Helens Borough Council
Located in the heart of the Northwest close to Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire, St Helens is a transformational Council which is passionate and ambitious for the communities we support. We provide a wide range of local authority services to the residents, businesses, schools, and visitors to the borough. We can only do this because of our highly valued, highly skilled workforce.
Working together, our workplace vision and values guide our organisation, and the contribution of our workforce is key to our culture journey. Employees with us receive a wide range of benefits including well-being in work, financial benefits, ways of working and learning and development support.
Making A Difference as a Social Worker in the Working Age Team
An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Working Age, Adult Social Work Team for 18 months. This 18-month post has arisen due to the permanent post holder being successful in obtaining a new role as a Homelessness Social Worker, a new post created jointly with the Liverpool City Region.
The Working Age Social Work Team is responsible for adults from the age of 18 to 67 with a Learning Disability, Physical Disability, or a Diagnosis of a Severe and Enduring Mental Health Illness. The team is also responsible for the statutory provisions under the Mental Health Act 1983 and runs the Councils AMHP rota.
The team is extremely busy, and the work undertaken is complex and challenging. As a Social Worker on the team, you will be expected to carry a complex caseload made up of all the different client groups the team deals with, alongside undertaking investigations under Safeguarding. This will comprise of completing various Assessments including those under the Care Act, Care Planning and Reviewing. The team also undertakes a huge amount of legal work and has excellent relationships with the Councils Legal Team. The team also works very closely with colleagues in Merseycare, we have a social work presence in all the Mersey care in-patient wards which are now across the whole footprint of the Merseycare region.
The successful candidate will also have an opportunity to develop their social work skills and knowledge by supporting the AMHPs when undertaking Mental Health Act Assessments in the community and hospital settings. The AMHP rota runs till 8pm Monday to Friday so there may be times when you are asked to work past your normal working hours.
An additional £1,500 Recruitment & Retention allowance will be paid for experienced Social Workers SCP 26 - 32, subject to annual review.
In return you will be part of a very supportive team, receive monthly supervision, monthly team meetings and have access to on-going training and development.
Interested to Find Out More?
You can review our full job description details, and person specification information here.
For an informal chat please contact Christopher Hardman, Head of Social Work or Ann Davies Team Manager, Working Age on 01744 675259.
This post is subject to Enhanced DBS Disclosure and Social Work England Registration
Please note we reserve the right to close the advert early should we receive a sufficient number of applications and encourage you to apply early, to avoid disappointment.
Equality & Diversity
St Helens Council respects and values the individuality that every employee brings. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, who share our values, our commitment to inclusion, and who will help us on our journey to transform our organisation. Further information about Equality & Diversity at St Helens Council can be found here https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/equality
St Helens Council is a Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident Employers lead the way in helping to take action that changes attitudes, behaviours, and cultures for the better.
NOLAN Principles of Conduct in Public Life.
All Council employees are required to abide by the ethical standards embodied by the 7 Nolan
Principles: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, and Leadership.