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Social Worker (Adult Social Care Teams) OCC10378

Job Details:


Salary Range: £30,507 to £36,876 pro-rata, per annum - salary will be commensurate with level of experience)   

Total reward package: £37,491 to £45,318 pro-rata, per annum including employers pension contributions and annual leave above statutory provision

Work Location: Countywide (Oxford, Banbury, Witney, Abingdon)

Hours per week: 37 (part-time hours will be considered)

Contract Type: Permanent

Closing Date: 31 May 2019


Are you looking for a new challenge working within a creative, confident and ambitious organisation?


We currently have a range of Social Worker opportunities across our Adult Social Care teams.  We are an easy commute from many locations including Birmingham, North London, Newbury, Reading, Swindon and Warwick.


You will …

  • Have a social work qualification and be HCPC registered
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
  • Have the passion to promote people’s strengths and the ability to make a difference in a safe working approach to social work practices


You will receive….

  • Regular formal and informal support
  • Flexible working options (we promote and support agile working)
  • Safe, supportive and positive working environment
  • Competitive salary
  • Annual leave up to 30 days after 5 years employment
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Robust supervision and training opportunities in these roles enabling you to develop your skills, plus a career progression scheme, to help you progress professionally.
  • If you want to move to Oxfordshire, we also offer a relocation package up to a maximum of £8,000


If you are applying for a new role and looking to relocate, we are able to provide details of our partner housing providers who offer a variety of temporary accommodation to local authority key workers on a short and medium-term basis.


For further detail on our teams, please click on the relevant link below:


Further details about the responsibilities and requirements of the role are contained in the role specification and selection criteria below.

The successful applicants should have the ability to travel to and access a variety of premises across Oxfordshire.


For further information or for an informal conversation, please call or text Melanie Pearce on 07711 117426

Job Purpose:


  • To work within the requirements of the Care Act 2014, and any other legislation and guidance as may be relevant and the HCPC codes of practice, providing personalised information and advice, safeguarding, assessment, support planning, equipment and review to individuals/families and their carers
  • Ensuring that in responding to eligible need, all options including the use of informal support networks, community resources and the provision of cost effective equipment and adaptations is explored in order to achieve identified outcomes.  To fulfill the role of a trusted assessor; making an assessment of when to involve another adult social care professional where a specialist assessment, skill or intervention is required
  • The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that they work within departmental policies, procedures and guidelines including but not limited to Data Protection Act, confidentiality and information sharing protocols, Oxfordshire Multi agency safeguarding procedures, and that these are adhered to and concerns raised in accordance with these polices
  • To work within the competency framework achieving completion and progression to Grade 11, within the timeframes set out in the criteria

Role Responsibilities:


To ensure statutory requirements are met

  • To be responsible for the management and prioritisation of a caseload
  • To make telephone enquiries, undertake face to face visits in people’s homes or another suitable venue, and to facilitate clinics
  • To determine eligibility for services in accordance with the Care Act taking into account all daily living tasks and roles with consideration to people's social, environmental and psychological needs
  • To provide tailored advice and information to the individual's needs and/or situation, referring to other agencies where applicable
  • To undertake holistic assessments and take responsibility for meeting the needs of each allocated person and only involving another worker where necessary
  • To assess for and provide basic equipment including Assistive Technology to meet needs and reduce risk
  • To identify and make necessary arrangements where a person would benefit from services which will improve and maintain independence, in particular reablement services.
  • To support the person to access a personal budget where all other options for support have been explored
  • To provide a clear breakdown of the person's identified needs and outcomes and how these are being met, regardless of determination of eligibility
  • To ensure the support plan is reflective of the person's needs and outcomes
  • To identify where it is appropriate to carry out specialist assessments, including but not limited to mental capacity assessments, manual handling, and full risk assessments.
  • To carry out specialist assessments according to professional qualification and experience
  • To apply legal and professional knowledge and skills balancing protection, risk and support in order to achieve positive outcomes for individuals
  • To act as a lead professional in cases where individual's needs/situation are complex or ambiguous, or where this is dispute amongst those who have an interest in the individual's welfare
  • To identify and be responsible for relevant decision-making and intervention required to protect those at risk and undertake any necessary actions proportionate to the need/situation
  • Where required to write court reports and mental health tribunal reports and give evidence in relation to adults at risk during legal proceedings
  • To deliver a customer focused service in accordance with the standards set out in the Council "Customer Service Codes of Practice" and individual Service Level Agreements


To promote health and wellbeing through integration and links with local community

  • To actively engage with partner agencies, representing the needs of the individual and of Adult Social Care
  • To develop and maintain an in depth knowledge of local resources
  • To work with service users and carers to promote participation and inclusivity
  • To maximise the use of community resources in helping individuals to meet their identified outcomes
  • To work collaboratively with teams and services both within and outside of Oxfordshire County Council to ensure a coordinated and effective service is provided to the individual
  • To promote and engage in cross/multi agency working, ensuring strong working relationships are in place with partner agencies


To work within Safeguarding policies and procedures

  • To undertake adult safeguarding section 42 investigations
  • To complete investigation reports to the required standard
  • To attend and participate in adult safeguarding strategy meetings and case discussions as required
  • To act in accordance with the Oxfordshire Adult Safeguarding Policy and Procedures and Adult Social Care Best Practice Guidance
  • To assist with the training and development of operational staff in relation to adult safeguarding procedures
  • Direct practice with adults and families where there are safeguarding issues with a strong emphasis on co-working with their community colleagues, other practitioners and disciplines
  • To ensure clear, concise, and accurate recording of work undertaken, and that both electronic and (where required) paper files are kept
  • Can evidence an understanding of the need to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and will adhere to children's services policies and procedures as necessary


Professional Leadership, development, and working in best practice

  • To work towards developing competency and evidence to support progression to grade 11
  • Upon attaining grade 11, to work towards the provision of supervision to identified staff or students in line with the Supervision Policy
  • To provide consistent specialist advice in line with changing legislative requirements, government guidance and evolving best practice and keep abreast of developments (RiPFA, SCIE, DoH)
  • To take ownership of own professional development; attending training, workshops, courses and meetings including taking up the opportunity to undertake Best Interest Assessor or AMHP or Practice Educator training
  • To share learning and expertise across the organisation
  • To attend, participate and periodically lead team discussions and development
  • To act as a champion in an area of expertise / special interest
  • To complete any workbooks/portfolio's as required by the council and professional body in order to develop skills required to undertake the role
  • To attend and utilise supervision and appraisal to identify opportunities for development, new ways of working and reflection on practice
  • Upon attaining grade 11, to chair multiagency meetings


Service Development

  • To contribute to the development of the service i.e. by communicating new ideas or practice issues through means such as briefings, completion of council surveys, and team meetings
  • To take opportunities to network and build professional relationships with organisations, agencies and stakeholders to improve and promote joint working and effective service delivery



  • Take ownership of and responsibility for delivering against team and individual performance targets
  • Upon attaining competency, to make evidence based decisions on the commitment of financial resources within the scheme of delegation

Equal Opportunities / Diversity

  • Oxfordshire County Council is committed to an Equal Opportunities Policy, which affirms that all staff should be afforded equality of treatment and opportunity in employment irrespective of sex, sexuality, age, marital status, ethnic origin or disability. All staff are required to observe this policy in their behaviour to other employees and individuals they work with

Essential Role Requirements:


Educational achievements, Qualifications and Training

  • Recognised Social Work  Qualification and registration and maintenance of registration with HCPC
  • Evidence of consistent pattern of learning and development


Experience, Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Ability to undertake needs led assessments and reviews
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and independently
  • Knowledge and applications of the making safeguarding personal principles
  • To have a comprehensive knowledge of the theoretical and legislative framework which underpin Adult safeguarding and Vulnerable Adult work within Adult Social Care
  • Experience of working with vulnerable people
  • Experience of working with health and other agencies to deliver better outcomes for individuals
  • Experience of liaising and working effectively with clients, their families/carers, other professionals and agencies to achieve the best outcomes for people
  • To demonstrate an ability to work within agreed targets including safeguarding timeframes
  • To demonstrate and champion evidence-based practice
  • To draw upon and promote professional values and ethics
  • To demonstrate a high level of interpersonal and communication skills
  • To demonstrate skills in record keeping and report writing in line with Departmental requirements and ensure that records are sufficiently robust to withstand legal challenge.
  • Working knowledge of legislation and statutory guidance relevant to Adult Social Care
  • Good IT competency


Management of People and Personal Qualities

  • Ability to operate in a climate of change and to embrace new ways of thinking and working
  • Stays calm under pressure
  • Accepts and responds to constructive feedback
  • Highly organised with a solutions focused, logical and innovative approach to challenges
  • Is prepared to constructively challenge assumptions in decision making, seeking other people’s views and opinions
  • Considers the impact on others when making decisions
  • Is available and approachable and takes time to consult and communicate with sensitivity and understanding
  • Ability to positively and clearly communicate to a wide range of people
  • Actively supports and contributes to the flow of communication through the organisation
  • Prioritises clearly and appropriately
  • Supports the team to deliver against service plans


Strategic Awareness

  • Awareness of and ability to articulate the broad organisational goals and outcomes


Equal Opportunities

  • Commitment to and understanding of the principles of Equal Opportunities for all in employment and the delivery of services
  • Acknowledges, respects and responds to individual differences and diversity requirements


Special Requirements

  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Ability to travel to and access a variety of premises
  • Commitment to inter-agency working
  • Some flexibility in working arrangements/hours to meet operational requirements including responding to emergencies

Desirable Role Requirements:


Educational achievements, Qualifications and Training

  • Best Interest Assessor, Approved Mental Health Professional or Practice Educator (or commitment to train as one)


Experience, Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Experience of undertaking adult safeguarding investigations 

Strategic Awareness

  • Ability to identify whole system problems and propose solutions

Additional Information:


Vetting Requirements: This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check


When applying, please state your preference of the team you are interested in working with (eg. ASC Team, Transition Team, Locality Teams, Safeguarding or No Preference



Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to part time working and job share arrangements.

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