Qualified Social Worker.

£29.01/hour, 37hrs/week (Mon-Fri)

Hayley Alden
E: hayley@gofalrecruitment.co.uk
T: 02921676502
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We have multiple vacancies for Qualified Social Workers, Grade 11, to commence short-mid term contracts within RCT Council ASAP. Positions are currently available in the following locations; 

- Ty Elai, Tonypandy CF40 1NY
- Pontypridd CF37 2TR 
- Ty Trevithick, Abercynon CF45 4UQ
- There are also roles based from home, or based at hospitals throughout Cwm Taf. 

All positions are full time, Monday-Friday (37 hours per week). 

To discuss the roles available in more detail, please get in touch via the contact details on the left, or submit an application with your CV and covering letter. 
 

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Accessing Personal Social Services

  • Engaging in a structured conversation with those making initial enquiry of the service and evaluating any information given 
  • Giving information, advice/and or sign- posting to other services
  • Apply service access criteria to make a judgement on whether a referral is appropriate
  • Assessing urgency of response required to a referral 
  • Assessing initial level of priority of a referral
  • Making initial enquiries, e.g. other agencies, contacts
  • Accurately and fully recording referral information in accordance with departmental procedures
  • Ensuring the timely transfer of referral information in accordance with departmental procedures and time scales 
  • Safeguarding the welfare of a vulnerable person at immediate risk of harm

Assessment of Need

  • Evaluating the nature of possible needs based on referral information and any previous records
  • Making enquiries, e.g. inter-agency contact
  • To identify the risk of abuse, failure to protect, harm to self or others and assess the need for intervention in such situations
  • To act as a Best Interest Assessor under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and to undertake training to enable you to do so
  • Safeguarding the welfare of a vulnerable person at risk of harm
  • Making arrangements for an appointment and/or visit for assessment
  • Engaging in direct work with service user and carer/s to carry out initial assessment 
  • Engaging in direct work with service user and carer/s to carry out core/ comprehensive assessment
  • In working with service users and carers, social workers seek to enhance their problem solving capabilities in a way that support maximum independence and choice 
  • Agreeing the range of needs with service users and carer/s
  • Considering with service user and carers, options to best meet agreed needs and assist in making informed decisions
  • Adopting a creative and holistic approach whilst exploring options
  • Seeking to maximise the financial and material resources available to service users from all possible sources
  • Recording unmet need
  • Collating the findings of the assessment and completing assessment documentation in accordance with statutory guidance, legislation and departmental procedures and time-scales
  • Preparing court and other specialist reports in the required format
  • Ensuring that case file recording is completed in accordance with departmental policy and procedures and policy
  • Ensuring that electronically held records are completed and/or updated in accordance with departmental policy and procedures
  • Convening and/or attending inter-agency meetings/liaison, e.g. case conferences, strategy meetings 

Planning and Managing Care

  • Promote the empowerment of service user and carer/s through agreeing desired outcomes that promote self determination 
  • Agreeing a range of services to meet needs with service user and carer/s
  • Obtaining managerial agreement to plan
  • Negotiating, arranging and confirming resources with service providers to meet needs
  • Recording and disseminating care plan in accordance with statutory requirements, legislation and departmental procedures
  • Completing commissioning/contracting documentation in accordance with departmental policy and time scales
  • Ensuring that case file recording is completed in accordance with departmental policy and procedures
  • Ensuring that electronically held records are completed and/or updated in accordance with departmental policy and procedures
  • Convening and/or attending inter-agency meetings/liaison, e.g. case conferences, planning meetings
  • To identify the risk of abuse, failure to protect, harm to self or others and assess the need for intervention in such situations
  • Participating in statutory processes to promote and protect the well-being of vulnerable children and/or adults including investigation where appropriate
  • As well as managing care on an individual casework basis, having an important role to play both directly and indirectly in shaping services, improving organisational performance and achieving better outcomes for service users.  This has relevance at team, divisional, departmental and authority levels.  Indirectly this is fulfilled for instance by the collation of aggregated data from individual case records to identify patterns of need and performance.  Directly social workers contribute their operational knowledge and expertise to the process of service review and development as well as developing local implementation strategies for new legislation, guidance and advice.

 

Monitoring and Reviewing Provision

  • Delegating monitoring task (if appropriate) to another individual, e.g. care provider where appropriate, ensuring that the Contract Monitoring review is carried out.
  • Liaising with other professionals and contacts to ensure on going appropriateness of the care plan
  • Engaging directly with service user and carer/s to update assessment of need 
  • Ensuring that case file recording is completed in accordance with departmental policy and procedures

Arranging and co-ordinating review of the Care Plan

  • Engaging directly with service user/families/carers/ in the review of the Care Plan and agreeing changes where necessary
  • Negotiating and agreeing changes to plan with providers and other agencies involved
  • Completing review documentation in accordance with departmental policy and time scales 
  • Ensuring that case file recording is completed in accordance with departmental policy and procedures
  • Ensuring that service users are aware of complaints procedures and advocacy services

Managing Workload

  • Timely administration of all aspects of caseload to ensure that the recorded caseload fairly reflects work done
  • Preparing and engaging in professional supervision with line manager
  • Establishing and maintaining good working relationships with colleagues
  • Identifying and addressing areas for professional development and training
  • Completing appropriate documentation, e.g. agenda/minutes of supervision
  • Agreeing action plan 

Maintaining and Developing Professional Competence

  • As a registered social worker the individual practitioner is required to demonstrate Continuing Professional Development that will meet the requirements of the Care Council for Wales.  This amounts to the equivalent of 15 days over a three-year period and should ensure the registrant updates their knowledge and maintains a level of competence that at least meets the requirements of the National Occupational Standards.
  • Following a minimum of 2 years post qualifying experience and as a career development opportunity, may as mutually agreed with the Council undertake a post qualifying award and subsequently act as a Practice Teacher / Assessor. 
  • Social work has become more specialised in the last ten to fifteen years.  It is important that the core skills and knowledge are shared between social workers in different areas of specialism
  • Social Workers have a responsibility to plan and work within the financial resources which have been secured to deliver social care services within their area of accountability

 

To carry out health and safety responsibilities in accordance with the Division’s Health & Safety Responsibilities document.

To undertake such other duties and responsibilities commensurate with the grade, as may be reasonably required by the Service Director, or as a mutually agreed development opportunity.

Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults is a core responsibility of all staff.  All safeguarding concerns should be reported to the Cwm Taf Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).