The Emergency Duty team runs a professional out-of-hours service, responding to statutory emergencies and other social work matters within the childcare and adult arenas that cannot be safely left until the following working day.
The positions within the team are principal social worker roles. This is on a rota basis, and you will provide an emergency statutory social work duty service out-of-hours with minimal supervision. The ability to work autonomously is therefore paramount.
You will provide guidance and support to sessional and unqualified staff. You will take the lead in child protection investigations, adult safeguarding investigations and will undertake Mental Health Act assessments as Approved Mental Health Professionals. Ensuring that services are delivered within the legislative and statutory planning frameworks, Government Guidance, the Council's Core Values and Strategic Aims, and Service policies and procedures.
What does the job involve?
The role includes
assessing the needs of children and their families against the Departments agreed
threshold criteria and in accordance with National Guidance with set
timescales, the creation and implementation of culturally appropriate care
plans that demonstrate flexibility and innovative use of resources, and which
will fulfil the statutory requirements of the Department until the next working
You will have good communication within the Directorate, Local Authority and Partnerships, promoting a culture of continuous improvement and service user focus that delivers good outcomes for children and adults
In a rewarding, diverse but complex environment, the team deals with a range of cases from child protection to mental health assessments, and decisions that need to be made in the context of each individual case to achieve optimum outcomes.
You will be supported by an on call Service Manager on each shift, and you will have regular formal and informal supervision by the team manager. The team hold fortnightly team meetings, and have a team training profile that supports your professional development. Northamptonshire Emergency Duty Team have received consistent positive comments in recent OFSTED Inspections and we would welcome any worker who shares the team ethos to provide the right amount of help and support at the right time, to those most in need.
Northamptonshire's children's service will deliver their services via a Trust. We can only accept applications from people who have flexibility in relation to working patterns as these may change within re structuring process. All statutory employment legislation would apply.
Principal Social Worker - Job description Principal Social Worker (PDF 102KB)
Salary up to £43,273 per year - plus
15% out of hours and £8,000 towards relocation.