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Opportunities for Adults’ Senior Social Workers

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Adult Care Operations and Health
Work Location
Various locations across Devon  
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Occupational group
Social Care & Health
Salary details
£32,029 to £35,934 per annum pro rata (a relocation payment may be made to the appointed candidate)
Job term
Appointment type
Various Hours
Full and part time hours available
Closing Date
29 September 2019
Interview date
15 October 2019
For an informal discussion please contact
Deborah Rudman, Practice Lead, Recruitment on 01392 383000
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We are looking for experienced social workers to join us at DCC where we can offer both Full and Part Time opportunities to people interested in developing their skills and experience in a supportive environment.

About the Senior Social Worker Role

As a Senior Social Worker you will assess and plan support for a range of complex cases, as well as providing professional advice, mentoring and support to your colleagues, newly qualified social workers and student social workers. We have an expectation that you will have a sound working knowledge of social care legislation. You will carry out safeguarding enquiries where adults are at risk of abuse or neglect and with good assessment skills, undertake Mental Capacity Assessments and make Best Interest decisions to ensure that people are living as independently as possible. Employing a strengths based approach, you will be creative in your thinking and employ a Person Centred approach to your work. Good time management and organisational skills will support you to manage your work/life balance.

About you

An experienced and qualified Social Worker (CQSW, DipSW, BA Hons, MA or equivalent) who is registered to practice with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will have completed the Assessed First Year in (post-qualifying) Social Work practice, if appropriate, and can demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development as we are committed to supporting you to look at post-qualifying opportunities during your career with us. Bringing a comprehensive working knowledge of the issues currently impacting on social care delivery, you will be up-to-date with policy and practice development.

The roles require travelling significant distances, sometimes in urgent situations and without prior notice, in a rural environment where public transport may not be available. Our posts all carry an essential car user role, and you will need to hold a current full driving licence and have access to a vehicle.

What we can offer to you

We are committed to your continuous professional development, doing all we can to help you to get the most from your career. We offer 21 days’ annual leave (plus 2 statutory days over the Christmas Period and Bank Holidays), rising incrementally to 29 days after 20 years’ service. We support flexible working and offer a generous pension. For people considering a move to the County, relocation expenses will be considered and should be discussed at interview.

You will enjoy excellent support and supervision, with regular opportunities to discuss and reflect on your practice, both with your line manager and peers.

As a place to live and work, Devon is hard to beat with top-performing schools, universities, vibrant cities, pretty villages and some of the most scenic coast and countryside in the UK.  Living and working in Devon as a Social Worker has never been more attractive.

Community Health and Social Care Teams

Our vibrant and friendly community teams cover both very rural areas and more densely populated areas, to include the City of Exeter. They have excellent working relationships with the wider multidisciplinary teams, to include mental health and community health teams, alongside a strong voluntary sector.

The Community Teams work with adults of working age who may need support because of physical or learning disabilities and older adults. Social Workers within those teams have the opportunity to develop a specialist area of focus in their work, for example in working with adults with learning disability who may require significant support with communication, or in working with adults with a physical disability, or older people with dementia.

You will have experience of working with individuals with complex needs, a good working knowledge of undertaking Mental Capacity Assessments and making Best Interest Decisions, to include those decisions that need to go to a formal meeting, and to be able to provide advice and support to non-qualified social care staff, as well as student social workers and ASYEs. You will be responsible for producing outcomes-focused purposeful care plans for interventions which provide explicit aims and objectives, within the context of managing risk. Adult Safeguarding is part of the role and you will be expected to attend update training as appropriate.

We currently have a number of vacancies across Devon which can be viewed on the attached Vacancy List.



We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This role requires a DBS disclosure.

This role requires the ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence and fluency in English.

Personal data we collect from you will be processed in accordance with the Applicant privacy notice.

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