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Senior Social Worker - Mental Health Homeless Team
  • Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/3108/27132
  • Published: Wed 14/09/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Wed 28/09/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours
  • Salary: £37,568- £40,578
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: East Brighton Community Mental Health Centre

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Senior Social Worker - Mental Health Homeless Team

Job introduction

An opportunity has arisen within the Mental Health Homeless Team for a Senior Social Worker M10 (37 hours per week) based at East Brighton Community Mental Health Centre.

For further information please contact Victoria Cottis, Operations Manager on 07771389448 

About the role

An opportunity has arisen for a M10 Senior Social Worker to join the Mental Health Homeless Team (MHHT). Applicants should have experience of working in mental health services and have an interest in working with the homelessness population.

MHHT is a small multi-disciplinary specialist team providing assessment, treatment and support to homeless or insecurely housed people who have a severe and enduring mental illness and who may have additional substance misuse problems.  The team has extensive knowledge of the complexities faced by the homeless population in Brighton. Over the 20 years it has been operating it has established excellent links with Primary care services, Brighton and Hove City Council, Brighton Housing Trust and many of the additional homeless person services in the city.

We aim to provide a direct and assertive outreach service, working in partnership with other local homeless agencies from both the statutory and voluntary sector. You will require a basic understanding of housing legislation as it relates to Brighton and Hove and be familiar with recent changes in social legislation as it relates to this client group

The post holder will conduct complex assessments and risk assessments in a variety of settings and manage a caseload as a lead practitioner.   As a Social Worker you will support the delivery of statutory duties placed upon us by the Care Act carrying and other tasks related to the provision of Mental Health Services.  These duties will relate to individuals, families and carers in accordance with relevant statutory legislation.  You will also be responsible for the supervision of the M11 Social Worker within the team and act as an Enquiry Supervisor for Safeguarding Enquiries.  We are looking for someone with relevant experience, someone who has high professional standards and who is keen to continue their professional development. An excellent knowledge of current legislation such as the Care Act and Mental Capacity Act is essential.

The Mental Health Homeless Team is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals all of who take great pride in their work. It is a supportive environment with good learning and training opportunities.  We would like to encourage professionals who enjoy working creatively and collaboratively to achieve patient led recovery goals to apply.


You will receive regular supervision and support and have opportunities for on-going development and specialist training.

The post holder will be responsible for:

  • Providing advice to staff about proportionate and personalised responses to service users and their carers.
  • Helping to embed consideration of strengths and relationship based practice in all of our assessment processes.
  • Providing a specialist view and/or intervention in the assessment and management of risk

The successful candidate will:

  • Be a qualified social worker.
  • Confident in their knowledge and experience of safeguarding vulnerable adults and the assessment of risk.
  • Have an understanding of the importance of information and advice in supporting people to maintain their own independence and wellbeing

Please read our Apply for a job at the council (brighton-hove.gov.uk) pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

For details of how we can support you during the application process, please read this:  Supporting your application (brighton-hove.gov.uk)

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Role working in a CQC Setting  (AND ADD THE QUESTIONNAIRE)Regulations now require all staff who undertake work within CQC registered care homes to be fully vaccinated against Covid 19, unless they satisfy one of the medical/legal exemptions.  Being fully vaccinated or being medically/legally exempt will be a condition of your employment and you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status or medical/legal exemption as part of the recruitment process for this role

*For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)

Company information

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Encouraging a diverse workforce

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).