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Social Work Assistant - 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 01/09/2019 23:59
£21,589 - £24,799
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care/Education/Health
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
1 Sep

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Summary of Post

The Access team is enthusiastic, forward thinking, and friendly, committed to good practice and the work is interesting and rewarding. Change can often be made quickly, to improve the quality of people’s lives. Support, training and coaching is readily available to ensure you feel able to complete work to a good standard, whilst maintaining wellbeing.

You will be part of the Access team and work under the direction of the Senior Practitioner, carrying out Care Act 14 assessments, devising support plans and packages of care and reviewing.

Extra care housing assessments, and duty work, are also part of the SWA role.

Ensuring person centred care and innovative working are essential in this role and also, promoting the needs, views and wishes of service users and their families/carers.

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

Identify needs and arrange service provision ensuring that services are appropriate, accurate, targeted and well-organised and contribute to project planning meetings.

Assess, monitor, evaluate and review cases, support plans or re-ablement programmes, making recommendations for changes or adjustments as necessary.

Take action to refer issues as necessary in accordance with Safeguarding Procedures in order to protect adults at risk.

Provide advice, support and guidance to service users and their carers ensuring it is in line with Council national standards and legislation.

Provide information to support and improve service provision.

Liaise and work with external contacts and partner agencies e.g. health, emergency services, ensuring that communication is effective.

Engage with the community and volunteers in order to gain wider and more inclusive support for people.

Maintain confidential reports and case notes, record support plans and risk assessments in accordance with professional and Council guidelines.

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.


Experience in a relevant area of statutory or voluntary sector work in the health or social care field.

Understanding of the needs of people and good interpersonal skills.

Work at all times with a person centred approach

IT skills to use case file and data system.

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours.


A relevant qualification e.g. NVQ Level 3 in health or social care or equivalent.

Additional Information

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 3JDEmail sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

The post is based at Badminton Road council offices in Yate, near Bristol.

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact Caroline Goodwin on 01454 866126, for an informal discussion about this position.

Safer Recruitment

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

Our Values

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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