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Social Worker - Adult Access Team

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 08/09/2019 23:59
£28,785 - £31,371
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work
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Employment Location:
Council Offices, Badminton Road,Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
8 Sep

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

The Access team is a friendly, developing, and innovative place to work. We have current social work vacancies which are predominately adult safe guarding and duty adult care. The work is interesting and often rewarding, a high level of support is offered and staff development is highly regarded.

You will work with adults, of all ages and client groups, their families and carers. Your focus will be devising support plans, robust risk assessments, close liaison with multi agency team and sharing information. At all times you will work towards giving greater choice, independence and social inclusion for the service user.

You will monitor each support plan and the quality of the service provision, ensuring that needs are met to the highest professional standard but also considering cost implications and effectiveness.

The access team is a busy team, the work is challenging and you will need to have some experience and transferable skills in adult care and preferably safe guarding.

The team is very supportive and the workers have a range of skills, knowledge and experience. Regular supervision both formal and informal is given. We pride ourselves on excellent CPD opportunities, training and conferences etc.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

Main Duties

Carry out assessment of needs, providing advice and guidance to service users and their carers, in order to establish support plans where appropriate, ensuring that services are effective and meet legislation, regulations and codes of practice.

To work as part of the Duty and Assessment team, the work is short term and requires a timely response. You will ensure that communication is effective and that knowledge, and best practice is promoted.

To work as a duty social worker and feel confident with Safe guarding cases. Follow procedures in order to protect adults at risk from abuse. Robust risk assessments, sharing information, accurate recording and team working are all essentials.

To manage own complex caseload or specific projects to ensure specialist inputs are obtained and effective outcomes achieved.

Support the delivery of designated areas of work by coordinating day to day operations and contributing to developing projects and processes.

Raise awareness of a range of care issues and their implications and carry out risk assessments where appropriate, in order to ensure that needs are assessed and appropriate action is taken.

To maintain a person centred focus at all times.

Complete and present records and reports in accordance with professional and council guidelines.

Make recommendations for significant budget spend ensuring that maximum value is delivered for the resources deployed and contribute to budget management or directly manage a small designated budget. This will ensure that the maximum value is delivered for the resources deployed.

Represent the Council’s interests ensuring that the Council’s position is advocated.
Contacts and Relationships.

You will build effective relationships with colleagues, internal and external customers.

You will work in partnership with them, communicating and influencing them.

You may work with challenging customers who have specialist needs.

You will work as part of a busy Duty and assessment team but also have initiative to work individually.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


You will hold a professional qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work or equivalent (eg DipSW, CQSW, CSS) and must be registered with the HCPC.

Experience of working in adult care services, preferably safe guarding or transferable skills

You will have a good level of general IT skills and the ability to use, or be trained in the use of, appropriate specialist in house software packages

You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation, regulation, codes of practice, processes and procedures. You will have well developed interpersonal and communication skills, be able to carry out assessments and communicate findings and risks to service users, families, carers.

To manage your time well and organise case load to maximise effectiveness

You will have a basic understanding of financial information, be able to work with financial information sufficient to explain options of care to service users and carers

Exemplify the council’s values and behaviours


To have worked in a Duty and assessment team and have experience of safe guarding cases.

Additional Information

Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW) joining South Gloucestershire Council will be required to undertake the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) Programme unless they have successfully completed their ASYE and are able to produce certification to confirm this. Completion of the ASYE is required for all NQSW who have qualified since June 2012.

DBS: Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check.

The contact details are: Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Use of a vehicle: If the nature of the duties require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

For an informal discussion, after having read the job summary, please contact Caroline Goodwin, Team manager on 01454 866126 or Caroline.Goodwin@southglos.gov.uk

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services

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