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Senior Social Workers

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Suffolk County Council
Place of work:
Bury St Edmunds
Salary details:
£31,401 - £33,907
Job term:
Full Time
37 per week
Closing date:
18 December 2019 11:30 PM
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West Suffolk Locality, Adult and Community Services (ACS).

View the JPP for more information on the opportunities available.

Flexible Working options available to support you, your work-life balance and career.

Take the next step in your Social Work career, to play a key role in our teams and service.

We recognise that our staff are our greatest resource and with you in our team, we can achieve our authority’s priorities of enabling everyone to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives, while safeguarding the most vulnerable people in Suffolk.

As part of Adult and Community Services (ACS), you will have the opportunity to empower Suffolk residents to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives. You will strive to support independence amongst people accessing our services, using our Supporting Lives, Connecting Communities framework and Signs of Safety and Wellbeing practice approach. This approach draws on strengths, resources and networks that people and families have, to identify and build solutions that work for them and respects people as experts in their own lives.

The service:

ACS aims to support people achieve the outcomes that matter to them in their lives, promoting their wellbeing and independence through both statutory and non-statutory interventions and preventing or reducing their need for reliance on others.

We have a vision that supports outstanding outcomes for people, by working in new ways with our partners. Suffolk County Council (SCC) through its values and priorities is committed to delivering effective, efficient services and high-quality, person-centred care.

ACS is committed to delivering effective, efficient services that offer high-quality, person-centred care and the best quality support within the resources available. We embrace the use of digital, technology and innovation, delivering a higher quality service to people living in Suffolk by doing the right thing at the right time and place.

How the service works:

In ACS, we work to three areas covering the county of Suffolk; North, Ipswich and East, and West, with offices based in the main postal towns.

Our community Social Work teams in each locality, are made up of Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Independence and Wellbeing Practitioners, along with Business Support colleagues; which each team (aligned to its local GP surgeries) has its own Manager who in turn is supported by an experienced and established senior management team. There is an Head of Operations and Partnership Manager covering each part of the county and additional support is provided by central Service/ transformation leads.

Senior Practitioners are employed within each of the four Areas and they cover operational practice and professional development, linking into the county Professional Advisors. An Allocation Lead ensures that workflow within each Area is effective and a Finance and Performance Manager completes the set-up, working with the teams to ensure that the budgets are on track and all led by the West locality’s Assistant Director.

Our offer:

  • a supportive team environment
  • the best possible support and development to grow your career
  • regular professional supervision and appraisals
  • a conditional relocation package of up to £8k, to support a potential move to Suffolk.

The benefits:

    • Flexible working arrangements available
    • Access to exclusive internal opportunities, not available externally or via agencies
    • Relocation scheme for qualifying new employees
    • Free parking for you as a peripatetic worker
    • Free DBS check
    • Public transport discounts and season ticket loan scheme
    • Tax free bikes through our Cycle2Work scheme
    • A contributory pension scheme
    • Free 24/7 support line, providing general information, counselling and legal advice
    • A wide range of staff support networks and representative bodies.

    Our workplace values:

    Above all, we are seeking a great team member with the right values and behaviours, to ensure our workplace values are at the heart of everything we do.

    • Achieve – be the best we can be
    • Support – work as one team
    • Pride – take pride in and are proud of what we do
    • Inspire – model the ASPIRE values
    • Respect – give and earn respect
    • Empower – empower, encourage and motivate people.

    For more information about ACS service, please view: SocialWorkSuffolk.com

    A relevant Social Work qualification and HCPC registration is essential, along with continued professional development. 

    This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

    For an informal discussion only about the role/s, please contact Amanda Takavarasha on 07717 302400.

    Please read the Job and Person Profile for more information before applying.

    Apply by answering 3 competency questions and submitting a short online application.

    This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks required for relevant posts. Suffolk County Council - welcoming diversity.

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