Are you passionate about promoting people’s rights and strengths while protecting adults at risk from abuse? If so, this post may be for you.
North Somerset Council is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to experienced social workers. A permanent full-time vacancy has arisen for a Safeguarding Adults Officer.
You will work in a supportive team that leads safeguarding adults and MCA/DoLS work across the council. The successful applicant will be responsible, under the supervision of the safeguarding adults manager, for coordinating the local authority response to safeguarding adults concerns through independently making S.42(1) decisions and undertaking S.42(2) safeguarding adults enquiries. This will involve chairing safeguarding adults meetings. Whilst significant experience in safeguarding adults work is essential, you will receive support to develop the skills to become an expert in this area of work. It is a high-profile role that involves undertaking service monitoring activities, whole service enquiries and work with adults who are funded by health and other local authorities. You will also support other adult care teams in their complex safeguarding responses and provide advice and guidance on safeguarding adults matters to local authority and multi-agency partners.
You will also have a key roles in supporting the work of the safeguarding adults board sub-groups, policy and process development and training.
About North Somerset
North Somerset is an attractive and largely rural local authority area which includes the popular coastal towns of Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Portishead. Its natural environment, which includes beautiful coastline and the stunning Mendip Hills, attracts visitors from throughout the surrounding area and beyond. Bordering with Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset (BANES) and Somerset, and with easy access from the M5, North Somerset is easily commutable from a wide range of nearby towns and cities, making it a highly desirable place to live or work.
Adult Social Work in North Somerset Council
North Somerset Council (NSC) recognises and values the unique contribution social workers make to people with care and support needs, their carers, families and the wider community. We aim to harness and develop the strengths of each social worker we employ so they can make a real difference to people’s lives.
Adult social work within NSC is overseen by a dedicated Principal Social Worker whose job it is to promote excellent social work practice and ensure the voice of social work is heard throughout the organisation. We are looking for ambitious and innovative social workers with the knowledge, skills and values to work in a truly strength-based way, seeking to maximise the independence and well-being of the people we serve.
To support social workers in their roles, we are continuously improving our learning and development offer ensuring social workers have access to a wide variety of continuing professional development opportunities. We have secured organisational membership with Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) and have partnered with a range of higher education institutions. We host an annual adult social work conference with the purpose of celebrating the social work profession and highlighting examples of innovation and good practice at a local and national level.
We are committed to ensuring all social workers’ caseloads are safe and manageable, and that they receive excellent reflective supervision. We recognise the importance of social workers feeling empowered to exercise their own professional judgment, take positive risks and make defensible decisions to help people achieve their desired outcomes.
North Somerset Council recognises the importance of work life balance. We offer competitive rates of pay, a generous leave package, flexible / mobile working arrangements, an employee assistance service and the opportunity to join a final salary pension scheme.
This post is exempt under the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions) Order 1975 and is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
For an informal discussion, please contact James Wright, Safeguarding Adults Manager on 01275 885257
Anticipated interview date: Thursday 07 January 2021
North Somerset Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sections of our community regardless of age, disability, sex, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation. North Somerset Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.