Adult Services Social Worker

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Date Posted
17th May 2018
Health & Social Care
Inside IR35
£16 Per Hour

Purpose of the Job

  • As an exemplary practitioner, provide leadership and professional knowledge to colleagues; promote innovation and model and facilitate reflective practice
  • Work with vulnerable adults who have complex needs to assess their needs and develop support plans to enable them to achieve an optimum level of independence to develop and maintain relationships  and be valued members of their community
  • Demonstrate professional commitment and a high level of knowledge, critical thinking, communication skills and creativity, in order to support people to achieve positive outcomes and a good quality of life



Specific Accountabilities

  • Maintain fitness to practice by meeting the requirements of the Professional Regulator and uphold the reputation of the profession and the Council
  • To practice as an autonomous professional, exercising professional judgement and operating within the legal and ethical bounds of social work
  • Lead, supervise and mentor social workers (scale 8)  ASYE/ trainee social workers, & social work assistants,  supporting them to reach appropriate decisions, overcome difficulties and resolve dilemmas
  • Provide professional supervision and development for less experienced social workers and students in accordance with Professional Body requirements for continuous professional development. This may include being responsible for identifying and helping to resolve poor practice
  • Demand supervision that covers practice, organisational and management aspects of the role, applying critical reflection throughout.
  • Provide professional opinion, giving rationale and knowledge base
  • Deputise for the ATM/TM as appropriate
  • Inform, guide and model good practice in the application of antidiscriminatory practice, supporting others to recognise and challenge discrimination
  • Integrate the principles of social justice, social inclusion and equality into practice, enabling access to independent advocacy where appropriate
  • Have detailed knowledge of legislative framework of Adult Social Care and to be able to communicate legislative issues to other professionals and agencies
  • Have a critical knowledge of a range of theories and models of social work interventions with individuals, families, groups and communities and the methods derived from them
  • Work in partnership with people who use services and carers, respecting their views and promoting participation in decision making wherever possible, whilst recognising how and when self determination might be constrained (by law)
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Establish and maintain a safe practice environment

Have responsibility for a specicialist area eg BIA; Practice  Educator; AMHP etc

  • Manage and monitor a workload of very high risk, complex cases and organise work activities taking into account the need to prioritise tasks and responsibilities
  • Lead investigations into allegations of adult abuse, implementing adult safeguarding procedures and resultant safeguarding strategies
  • Chair and facilitate planning and review meetings as required by ATM/TM
  • Contribute to the budget management process
  • Use a range of methods to communicate effectively with people using services, eliciting the needs, wishes and feelings of all involved
  • Undertake interviews, assessments, observations using appropriate frameworks and applying information gathering skills to formulate plans to meet assessed needs consistent with the function of the team
  • Select, use and review timely and appropriate social work interventions that are best suited to the person and their carer, including the design and costing of care and support plans
  • Be responsible for the coordination, implementation and review of support plans and respond in a timely way to changes in circumstances
  • Work in partnership with people who use services, their families and a wide range of other stakeholders to ensure the provision of quality, innovative services
  • Contribute to the development of community resources and have knowledge of local resources, groups and networks that may contribute to enhanced outcomes for people
  • Take responsibility for identifying your own learning needs, taking responsibility for improving your practice through appropriate continuing professional development
  • Make proactive use of supervision (in line with Dudley’s Supervision Policy) to critically reflect on practice, explore different approaches to your work, support your development across the nine capabilities and understand the boundaries of professional accountability
  • Contribute to the development of the organisations information strategy and systems, with particular priority given to maintaining data quality
  • Share information in ways that meet legal, ethical and agency requirements
  • Record information in a timely, respectful and accurate manner, writing records and reports for a variety of purposes and audiences, using language suited to function and using the required information management systems
  • Operate within the legal framework, departmental policies and procedures and demonstrate a clear understanding of their practical uses
  • Comply with the Council’s Financial Regulations and Standing Orders
  • In addition to the responsibilities above, all employees must be flexible in their approach and undertake other duties that are commensurate with their grade in order to achieve the objectives of the Directorate


Key Accountabilities

  • To be accountable for and promote equality, diversity and community cohesion to meet Council, Directorate and Service objectives.  All employees have a responsibility not only for their own behaviour, but also for others regarding equality of opportunity.  Any incident must be reported.
  • To participate in a Performance Review and Development meeting and undertake a plan of training where necessary.  Develop his/her own skills and expertise in a professional manner.
  • In addition to all the responsibilities listed above, all employees must be flexible in their approach and undertake other duties that are commensurate with post holder’s level, wherever they may be, to achieve the objectives of the Directorate.
  • To represent the Council and Directorate in a professional manner meeting the Corporate and Directorate aims.  To comply with Directorate and Corporate policies.
  • If appropriate to be responsible for the recruitment and performance management of designated teams and individuals in accordance with Corporate and Directorate aims and management style.
  • To comply with the council’s financial regulation and standing orders
  • To actively promote Dudley’s commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults at a level appropriate to this group.
  • Employees must comply with health and safety legislation and will be required to comply with the Council’s Health and Safety Policies. All employees must ensure that they take reasonable care of their own health and safety as well as the health and safety of any person that is affected by their actions.
  • To be responsible for adhering to legislative requirements and Council Policies and Procedures including, but not exclusively health & safety, Data Protection and Internet/Email use.


Special Conditions

 This post is subject to the DBS checking process


Driving Licence will be subject to checking with the DVLA.  It is a council requirement to have Business Use Car Insurance and a valid MOT certificate (For cars over 3 years old)


Car Allowance


Prepared By


Ann Parkes /Anita Hughes


Review Date



Job Title

Senior Social Worker

Criteria (Essential)

Assessment By






Demonstrate experience of and  a commitment to  working in an inclusive way with professionals from other organisations and backgrounds, people who use services and carers (PCF2 & 7)



At least 3 years post qualification experience as a social worker



Where the post relates to a specialist area (eg Learning Disabilities) some experience in working in that area would be desirable



Demonstrate full compliance with all requirements of the Regulatory Body



Qualifications / Training





CQSW,DipSw, SW Degree or other qualification recognised by HCPC



Enabling Others 1 & 2 or willingness to undertake training



Demonstrate willingness to undertake additional training to meet the requirements of the JD  by developing an area of specialist expertise  (eg AMHP; BIA) (PCF5)



Demonstrate a working knowledge of Legislation relating to ASC and specific Government directives and guidance related to your area of practice (PCF5)



Demonstrate an awareness of legal requirements with respect to record keeping and the use and transfer of information (PCF7)



Demonstrate a personal commitment to CPD (PCF1)



Practical Skills





Gather information quickly & effectively to inform judgement for interventions in complex situations and in response to challenge (PCF7)



Use assessment procedures discerningly to inform judgement and demonstrate skilled use of a range of interventions (PCF7)



Undertake assessment of need of people whose needs are complex (JD)



Lead safeguarding investigations and coordinate planning in accordance with Policy (PCF7)



Coordinate assessments where multidisciplinary input is required (JD)



Demonstrate confident and effective judgement about risk and accountability for your decisions (PCF7)



Draw on a wide range of evidence sources to inform decision making (PCF6)



Apply critical reflection and analysis to complex cases (PCF6)



Ensure hypotheses and options are reviewed to inform judgement & decision making (PCF6)



Personal Qualities and Attributes





A Knowledge of Equality & Diversity issues



Be flexible and  reliable with regard to hours and place of work in order to ensure that the needs of the service  and the statutory obligations of the Council are met



Display a confident & non judgemental manner



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