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Main Grade Social Worker
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Salary Details: £31,998 – £36,372 per annum (Grade H)
Job Term: Permanent 
Hours: 36 hours
Location: Hawks Road
Directorate: Health & Adult Services
Service / School: Health & Adult Services

The Royal Borough of Kingston’s vision is that it has a national reputation as one of the very best places to live and work. An opportunity has for highly motivated and committed Main Grade Social Worker (5 days a week permanent contract).
The post holder will have a major contribution to make to the delivery of that vision and the strategic priorities set out in the Kingston Plan by providing effective management of Professional Case Management.

The team offers an excellent opportunity for a practitioner to take their practice to a new level, working with internal and external partners to promote positive outcomes for individuals that we work with. This also involves being proactive in preventing harm from occurring to adults at risk. The North Locality Team provides a service to adults living in the Northern part of the Royal Borough of Kingston and focuses on supporting vulnerable adults.

Our involvement is proactive and empowering, focussing on liaising with individuals and their carers soon after their initial referral to the borough in order to assess their needs and create effective outcome-focused support plans. We work closely with the Reablement service in order to maximise people’s independence, choice and quality of life. In order to promote a flexible, seamless service and offer continuity for individuals where required, we are able to provide targeted ongoing support. As such, team members are able to work with a varied caseload and utilise the support of the separate Access and professionals from other disciplines.

The main responsibilities of the post will be:
1. To carry a caseload including those where there are high levels of risk.
2. To undertake Safeguarding investigations and attend case conferences on occasions.
3. To be responsible for undertaking and supporting a range of of customers with non-complex needs under manager supervision.
4. To be responsible for accepting referrals, undertaking and where required, providing information and advice and carrying out initial assessments.
5. To be responsible for accepting referrals, undertaking and where required, providing information and advice and carrying out initial assessments
6. To undertake reviews of customers with , level needs as required and within statutory timelines and carry out reassessments as required.

In order to carry out these responsibilities the successful candidate will need to demonstrate the following skills:
• Excellent communication skills, both in written and oral presentation
• Good assessment and case management skills
• Knowledge of Personal Budgets/Self Directed Support and the philosophy underpinning these
• Knowledge of the local Safeguarding protocol, and the Pan London Safeguarding Protocol.
• Good supervisory skills
• Sound knowledge of relevant legislation and social care initiatives and priorities

In return, we can offer you the following:
1. Regular supervision and appraisals.
2. On-going training and development opportunities, including leadership skills.
3. The opportunity to develop and refine social work skills.
4. The opportunity to work a friendly and supportive team.

For an informal discussion about the positions above, please contact Rachel Lukwago 0208547 6130

Due to this post having access to children and/or vulnerable adults, candidates will be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

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Advert Closing date: 04/02/18.
Provisional interview date: 07/02/18

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