Staffordshire County Council

Social Worker

Stafford, Staffordshire
£32,798- £37,568 per annum
07 Jul 2022
31 Aug 2022
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Job title: Social Worker

Location: Staffordshire Place 1

Salary:  £32,798- £37,568 per annum

Contract type: 37 Hours per week | Full time

About the role

37  Hours per week – Fixed Term 12 months

The First Contact Team, engages with citizens of Staffordshire, carrying out strengths based, outcome focused assessments via the telephone and other virtual means. The Care Act 2014 compliant assessments determine citizens assessed eligible needs while promoting their assets and facilitating their independence.

The First Contact Team now supports additional activity of Home First referrals (Pathway 1) and support planning for Brokerage for a cohort of Community referrals, in order for needs to be understood with the least amount of handoffs and for care to be implemented at the earliest opportunity. The Team will also provide statutory assessments for all age carers. The team is part of the wider Adult Social Care Team within the council.

Key Responsibilities-

1.     Take responsibility for the provision of:

  • Asset based assessments under the Care Act inclusive of all statutory functions
  • participation on the inter-agency best interest assessor rota for adults
  • using person centred thinking tools to inform the assessment

2.     Develop a collaborative relationship with citizens, their representatives, and any professionals involved in their support, promoting positive expectations of what citizens can achieve, understanding their talents, wishes and feelings.

3.     As part of the assessment process, undertake purposeful interaction with citizens, families and other professionals to understand the needs and strengths of the individual, their network of relationships and their capacity to consent.

4.     Support and mentor Social Care Assessors by actively engaging in peer group discussions about cases, to inform practice; and to identify the need for and provide professional interventions.

5.     Analyse information to understand risks and develop strategies to explain, avoid or manage risk appropriately.

6.     Negotiate and agree appropriate, tangible and realistic outcomes with citizens and families.

7.     Collaborate with other professionals, within Adult Social Care or other organisations, to fully understand need and enable citizens to achieve their outcomes and to be as independent as possible.

8.     Maintain appropriate professional records of all key discussions, investigations, findings, assessments, opinions (including factual basis) and decisions, including electronic client records and necessary performance data, in line with policies and procedures.

9.     Use research findings, service principles and case discussion with peers to inform and develop personal professional practice.

10.    Contribute to the shaping, continual improvement and promotion of Adult Social Care

11.    Actively participate in quality assurance processes, including peer and reflective supervision, analysis of performance data, learning from complaints and compliments, personal development and continuing professional development.

12.    Flexible working in response to business demand and the ability to work weekends.

13.    Undertake any other duties required by Management which are commensurate with the grading of the post.

What you’ll bring

Registered Social Worker

Our benefits

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance.

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to a range of benefits including:

  • An excellent local government pension scheme
  • Generous holiday entitlement from 24 up to 33 days (plus 2 extra statutory days and bank holidays) depending on job role and length of service T
  • he option to buy up to an additional 2 weeks annual leave
  • A range of flexible working options, depending on your job role, which includes agile working, flexible retirement
  • Family Friendly Policies - maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave
  • Vivup benefits platform – gives you access to lots of retail, lifestyle savings and offers all in a handy app on your phone
  • Volunteering Scheme Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
  • Access to health and wellbeing support (including Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services)
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Car lease scheme / cycle & car loan scheme / employee car share scheme
  • Bus and rail travel discounts  

How do I apply?

Just click on the ‘Apply’ button below. If you experience any technical issues accessing or completing the application form please contact

Closing Date: 31/08/2022
Interview Date: September 2022

For more information about the role please contact: Tammy Drinkwater

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Our recruitment process

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, we offer a guaranteed interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

This position is subject to a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) which will require you to disclose details of all unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

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