Emergency Duty Team Senior Social Worker

Hall Court, Telford
• £39,221 - £44,852 (includes 15% out of hours enhancement, plus 2 increments for AMHP)
20 Aug 2018
25 Aug 2018
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Contract Type
Full time permanent
Working Pattern
Shift work


Senior Social Worker

Emergency Duty Team

Full Time permanent or temporary

AMHP or opportunity to train as AMHP

Salary £39,221 - £44,852

plus 15% unsociable hours allowances, 2 increments if you are an AMHP, Essential car users allowance


This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced qualified Social Worker to join the Emergency Duty Team to experience emergency out of hours social work and if not already an Approved Mental Health Professional to be supported to undertake AMHP training.

 About us

Telford & Wrekin Emergency Duty Team responds to social work emergencies which need addressing outside normal office hour when daytime offices are closed. This includes evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays managing referrals that cannot wait until the next working day. Work is generated across all areas of social work - children, adults, Mental Health Act  and emergency housing needs, providing an emergency “out of hours” for all residents across the Borough of Telford and Wrekin. Whilst the majority of work is outside normal office hours Social Workers will also need to attend some meetings during weekday hours, such as Team Meetings, Supervision and Training.

 We are a forward thinking team and provide opportunities for flexible and mobile working, all staff have excellent manager support, and so you can concentrate on spending as much time as possible developing practice, ensuring feedback and learning.

We have excellent links with other regional EDT’s, access to bespoke training. If you are up for a challenge, can be flexible, innovative, lead others and support them to have confidence in themselves and demonstrate high quality Social Work, then we want to hear from you.

The Role

The successful candidate will be expected to work out of hours on a 5 week rota bases covering 10 shifts over 3 weeks, followed by 2 weeks off rota period. As a duty EDT worker, your primary responsibility will be to manage a specific shift safely and appropriately. Having the skills to prioritise and delegate work in a timely manner appropriate to need, is an essential part of the role.

Local Pay Point 38 – 41, Maximum Annual Salary is £43,536 this includes 15% out of hours enhancement, 2 increments for Approved Mental Health Professional status plus car allowance and mileage.

The post holder will need to demonstrate their ability to lone work, take responsibility for any situation that arises out of hours and to work along side professionals from other agencies covering an out of hours emergency service. The person we are looking to appoint will be experienced Social Workers with a high level of understanding, knowledge and experience particularly in child protection, but with respect to safeguarding both vulnerable children and adults. The post holder would need to have the confidence to manage risk and the ability to work in an often pressured environment.

The post holders will provide guidance and support to colleagues, commensurate with their knowledge and expertise

The Senior Social Worker will have access to a manager on call for consultation and support, taking responsibility for exercising the Local Authority’s statutory duties around Safeguarding, Mental Health Act work, and emergency housing.

Key Requirements

You will operate as a senior social worker having a broad experience as a Social Worker:
*Hold a recognised qualification in Social Work

*hold a minimum of 4 years’ experience as a social worker                                         


* be an Approved Mental Health Professional or work towards qualifying as such to undertake Mental Health Act workout of hours

* Must be able to demonstrate a high level of understanding, knowledge and experience with respect to safeguarding crisis.

*As EDT worker, your primary responsibility will be to manage a specific shift safely and appropriately. Having the skills to prioritise and delegate work in a timely manner appropriate to need,

*The successful applicant would need to be experienced in child protection / safeguarding/mental health. You will be responsible for undertaking safeguarding emergency social care crisis response and any necessary assessments,  

Skills & Experience

Ideally you will have experience of working with people from diverse backgrounds, enjoy working on your own initiative, be able to prioritise and make decisions.

Experience of risk assessment and management, the implementation of emergency interventions to improve outcomes for vulnerable adults, children, young people and their families, including those subject to a care / protection plans,

Ability to work alone and with a range of agencies in responding to emergency situations within a partnership/holistic approach to problem solving

Additional Information

The post holder will be responsible for professional assessment and decision making in relation to risk management strategies for  adults in need of care and support, children, their families /carers, balancing a number of key considerations autonomously, in the majority of cases and where appropriate consulting with the Team manager EDT or seek resource approval from the Service Delivery Manager on rota .
In return we offer:
• Team meetings
• Supervision & PPD including peer group supervision
• Training and development opportunities,
There will be a supportive induction and opportunity to spend time in specific daytime services depending on your induction needs.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

For more information please contact Helen Jones Team Manager on 07976100217 or email helen.jones@telford.gov.uk, or Debbie Lloyd Service Delivery manager on 01952 385385 or email Debbie.lloyd@telford.gov.uk

Interview dates will be identified in August.

Supporting documents
Job Description and Person Specification

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