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Social Worker – Adults (£39,264 – £44,019)

  • Full Time
  • London

Website Kingston Council

This special place in South West London between the capital and the country has been a Royal borough longer than anywhere else - it is where the first kings of England were crowned.

This post attracts a golden hello incentive of £1,000 that is applicable to successful candidates for joining The Royal Borough of Kingston T&C’s apply.

We have a great opportunity to join the Kingston Hub Locality Team as a full time Social Worker. You will need to be registered with Social Work England to be considered for this post.   At this time, we are unable to consider applications from Newly Qualified Social Workers who need to complete their ASYE.

The role will require the worker to:

– Facilitate effective assessment and support planning in accordance to the Care Act 2014 for adults with physical health needs.

– Be responsible for undertaking reviews of our service users and supporting them and their needs as required, within the statutory timescales.

– To care manage a number of cases, including undertaking safeguarding investigations. The work will vary with different levels of complexity and risk.

– Achieve effective communications with colleagues in other departments within health and social care to ensure efficient and person centred multidisciplinary support planning.

– Ensure that onward required referrals to the correct service are made.

– Consider the correct funding path (e.g. ASC, CHC, Section 117, joint social care and health funding).

– Make effective use of resources through care planning, signposting to other services, or providing individuals with information and advice.

The Kingston Hub is a part of Adult Social Care within the Royal Borough of Kingston (RBK). We are one of three locality teams who support adults with physical health needs.

We are a friendly team of Social Workers and Support Co-ordinators that provides interventions for people with long-term care needs from the age of 18 and above. The primary client base is older adults and people with physical disabilities. The role offers an excellent opportunity to promote positive outcomes for individuals that we work with. This also involves being proactive in preventing harm from occurring to adults at risk.

Our involvement is proactive and empowering, focusing on liaising with individuals and their carers soon after their initial referral in order to assess their needs and create effective outcome-focused support plans. We work closely with the Reablement service in order to maximise people’s independence, choice and quality of life.

In order to promote a flexible, seamless service and offer continuity for individuals where required, we are able to provide targeted ongoing support. As such, our Social Workers have a varied caseload and are able to utilise the support of other specialist practitioners across other parts of the service.

In order to fulfil this role, you will need to be able to demonstrate excellent communication, assessment and case management skills. You’ll also need to possess effective organisation skills in order to balance and manage your cases and workload. In addition you’ll need to have knowledge and experience of applying local Safeguarding processes, as well as the London Multi-Agency Adult Safeguarding Policy and Procedures. A sound and up to date knowledge of all relevant legislation, social care initiatives and priorities is also required.

Other requirements include:

-An undergraduate or postgraduate in Social Work

-Registration with Social Work England

-Excellent communication skills, both in written and oral presentation

-Good assessment and case management skills

-Knowledge of Personal Budgets/Self Directed Support and the philosophy underpinning these

-Sound knowledge of relevant legislation and social care initiatives and priorities

As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential and will offer you a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills. We’re constantly striving to improve our ways of working so putting your ideas across however big or small; will be fully encouraged and supported by your colleagues and our dynamic and experienced management team.

In addition we offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff supported by our IT infrastructure, Google Chromebooks and Google Apps, which have acted as a key enabler for collaborative and streamlined working. We operate hybrid working, a flexible working model which allows staff to work from a variety of locations and staff are not required to work within the office 5 days a week. It enables staff to achieve a work life balance whilst still meeting the needs of the organisation.

Employees have access to a wide range of benefits, some of which include:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays (pro-rata if part-time working hours apply)
  • Three volunteering days per year in Kingston
  • Flexible and agile working arrangements
  • Comprehensive learning and development programme
  • Discounts on a range of local shops, restaurants, gyms and leisure centres
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme
  • Zip car scheme
  • Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses
  • Confidential wellbeing and counselling support
  • Subsidised gym membership

Please apply online outlining what skills, abilities and experience you can bring which makes you an ideal candidate for this role. Please ensure you refer to the requirements outlined in the job profile when completing your application.

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 submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

We are committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) so all personal information that can identify job applicants e.g. name, title etc is completely anonymised during the shortlisting process. Our hiring managers review applications based on the knowledge, skills and experience demonstrated in your application, and how well these match the job profile. Our HR Shared Service with Sutton Council was recently recognised nationally for having the ‘Best Inclusion and Diversity Programme’ at the PPMA Excellence in People Management Awards 2023, something that we’re incredibly proud of.

Hiring managers are encouraged to ensure that their interview panel is diverse, and representative of a range of protected characteristics, to help remove unconscious bias and ensure candidates are treated fairly during the selection process. Some characteristics may not be obvious, but our panels are diverse wherever possible. We have a number of measures in place to inform and support our approach, including mandatory EDI and unconscious bias training for all staff, safer recruitment training for diverse panel members, engaging with our staff networks and encouraging allyship. We are fully committed to removing barriers and enhancing the diversity of our workforce.

We are proud to be a diverse and welcoming Borough. Our aim is to create a workforce which reflects the community we serve, and staff feel a sense of belonging. We celebrate and respect differences and appreciate the value of having a diverse workforce. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, particularly Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, and disabled candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.

As a Disability Confident employer, we are committed to thinking differently about disability and taking action to improve how we recruit, retain and develop disabled people. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum essential criteria for a role.

We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.

We are an accredited London Living Wage Employer and this means that everyone working at the Royal Borough of Kingston, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers receive the London Living Wage. The real Living Wage is higher than the government’s minimum, or National Living Wage, and is an independently calculated hourly rate of pay that is based on the actual cost of living.

The UK has introduced a new points-based immigration system affecting EU and Non-EU workers and sponsorship requirements. We advise checking the GOV.UK website for right to work guidance.


Important Information – Criminal Records
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 result 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).

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