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Forensic Social Worker
  • Employer: London Borough of Enfield
  • Reference: 6778
  • Published: Wed 18/11/2020, 2:00 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 30/11/2020, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: £33324 - £42855
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Chase Farm Hospital

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Forensic Social Worker

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Forensic Social Worker (Level 2/3)

Fixed Term/ Secondment for 6 months

We are seeking a motivated individual to join a team of 18 social workers at North London Forensic Service based in Chase Farm Hospital part of Specialist Services. NLFS provides care for mentally disordered offenders who are detained under the MHA within medium and low secure settings including specialist services for women and patients with a learning disability. The SW England registered social worker, who may be an AMHP, will have mental health practice experience and in line with the 'Forensic Mental Health Social Work: Capabilities Framework' will bring a social perspective to the multi-disciplinary team’s formulation and in delivering appropriate interventions. They will discharge statutory duties, work in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders and agencies; ensure that effective bridges are built between in-patient detention and community discharge processes which promote social inclusion and recovery. Professional development opportunities are available for practitioners at all levels. Main tasks;

  • Working with approximately 20 patients across 2 wards & 2 MDT's, assessing risk and social care needs and identifying appropriate discharge pathways

  • Responding to Safeguarding concerns, (adults and children)

  • Applying relevant legislation and guidance in practice eg. MHA, MCA (assessments of capacity), Care Act, Criminal Justice Act, Children Act, HRA, DVCV Act etc.

  • Working with families, victims and family victims, making referrals to MAPPA, MARAC

  • Completing various social work reports e.g. MHT & MHAM (presenting report to the MHT & MHAM hearings), CPA, social circumstances admission reports etc.

  • Holding in balance public protection with the least restrictive option principle.

  • Working alongside a community social worker from the patient's Responsible Borough to complete, Care Act Assessments, housing and funding panel applications.

Why it's great to work for Enfield Council

  • An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
  • Up to 31 days annual leave depending on grade and length of service. You will also get eight public holidays per year and an extra day off at Christmas.
  • A blend of remote and office based working for most roles.
  • Interest free season ticket loan repayable over three or ten months.
  • Career development and learning experiences from a range of training courses and learning methods.
  • Employee Assistance Programme to provide advice and counselling services. This is a free and confidential service available to staff and members of their family.
  • Health and leisure discounts and tax-free bikes for work.

We are passionate about our people and how we deliver services to our community in Enfield. That’s why we encourage a culture that puts our customers at the heart of everything we do - by empowering our people to work together to find solutions, be open, honest and respectful, take responsibility and listen and learn. If you value these behaviours too, we’d love to hear from you - and of course we are always happy to talk flexible working, click here to find out more.

For further information or informal conversation please contact Michele Pearson Social Work Team Manager on 020 8702 6067 / (working days Mon – Wed) or Keith Foster / Mirella Marenghi senior social workers on 020 8702 6013 / 020 8702 6038.

This role requires that you upload 2 documents - in the "Document upload" section of the online application form.

1. a supporting statement addressing how you meet the requirements of the job description and person specification. 2. your CV which includes your full work history since leaving full time education.

Your supporting statement should be around 2 pages in A4 format.

Closing and Interview Dates

Closing date: 23:59 Monday 30th November 2020

Interview date(s): Week Commencing 7th December

Additional Information

If you have any difficulties accessing this information, please contact Vickie McGrath on 020 8132 1053 or

“This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment”.

Fixed Term post/Secondment Opportunity

An external candidate, including Enfield Council agency workers, would be appointed on a fixed term contract, whilst internal candidates who are Council employees, would normally be expected to take up the post on a secondment basis.

To be eligible to apply for a secondment, Enfield Council employees must have completed probation and must have discussed/agreed the proposed secondment with their line manager. Fixed term contracts may be considered where secondment is not possible.

Secondments are the temporary loan of an employee from one part of the organisation to another part of the organisation and rely on the secondee to return to their substantive position on completion of the secondment.