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Senior Social Worker
  • Employer: Richmond upon Thames & Wandsworth Borough Council
  • Reference: randw/TP/17402/1582
  • Published: Thu 13/02/2020, 14:20 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 23/02/2020, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £35,246 - £42,710
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: London

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Senior Social Worker

Job Description

Richmond and Wandsworth Adult Social Services are looking for an experienced, Senior Social Worker within the Teddington and Twickenham Social Care Team.

The team is based across 2 sites, in Whitton and Teddington. We are co ‘located with 2 GP surgeries and with our community nursing colleagues, with whom we have excellent multi agency working relationships.

Both offices have a close and efficient rail service into and out of London and are also very accessible to major routes into London via M25, M3 and M4.

We in the team are proud of our inclusivity and our commitment to flexible working.

The team’s focus is to provide a holistic, personalised, strength-based service to residents in Teddington and Twickenham who are over the age of 18 with physical disabilities and older people with physical and mental health disabilities.

Your duties will include:

  • To facilitate service user choice and empowerment through promoting independence and strength-based practice to enable residents to maintain their independence and local community connections for as long as safely possible

  • To assist with the management of budgets, ensuring that processes and procedures are carried out in a timely and effective way; including authorising assessments, reassessments and arranging necessary funding to meet the requirements of individual support plans within available resources.

  • To undertake statutory intervention where service users are deemed to be at risk, including situations where people may be neglected or abused in accordance with the Inter-Agency Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Adults and to chair Section 42 Safeguarding Adults Enquiries where required.

  • To provide operational and motivational leadership of staff, promoting a positive working environment with the primary aim of delivering high quality services

  • To manage the duty team jointly with our 2nd Senior Social Worker and oversee all incoming referrals and safeguarding concerns.

The person interested in this post will:

  • Have a ‘can do’ attitude to work

  • Have the interests of residents and service users at heart, and ensuring they receive the highest standards of service provision

  • Take a team approach that values collaboration and partnership working.

  • Have knowledge of current developments in relevant legislation, national guidance and frameworks and how to access more detailed information when necessary, including the local authority’s responsibility to safeguard adults at risk

Candidates must have 2 years post qualification experience. You must have good communication, decision-making and time management skills.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a CV.

For an informal discussion please contact Rosemary Lambe, Service Manager on 020 39033633 or

In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance.  These include Compressed hours, home working (dependent on service need) and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays. 

In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities is also offered.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date:  17/02/20

Shortlisting Date: 19/02/2020

Interview Date: 02/03/2020

Useful Information:

Please note that these dates are only indicative at this stage and could be subject to change.

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

Important Information:

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).