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Emergency Duty Social Worker RBKC12666

Job Summary:

Salary Range: £34,128 - £41,466 pro-rata per annum, (actual salary £17,064 - £20,733 per annum) 

Work Location: Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX 

Hours per week: 36

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: 17 August 2020

DBS check: Enhanced

Contact details for an informal discussion: Linda Wiafe-Ababio, EDT Team Manager on 07971 320 885

About Us:

Are you an experienced adult AMHP Social Worker? Would you like to work in an Emergency Duty Social Work service based in an Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ Family Service department in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 
We are looking to recruit a full time EDT AMHP Social Worker for our Emergency Duty Social Work Service that serves the three boroughs of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham.
The team provides a shift of two children’s and two AMHP adult social workers. It provides a service out of hours and covers emergencies in relation to Adults, Older People, Mental Health and Child Protection. The team has been established as a tri-borough out of hours service since 2015. This is a resourced team, which at times is busy.
The team work from a comfortable co-located base with access to good transport links.

The Role:

The post holder will provide an emergency social work service for all Adult Service Users in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council. 
The emergency out of hours work is between 5pm and 9am during weekdays and 9am until 9am on weekends and Bank Holidays. 
The post holder will undertake work alongside colleagues from the Tri-borough Emergency Duty Service, working in partnership with the emergency services, where necessary and appropriate. 
The post holder will undertake work with clients who have mental health problems, to provide support and undertake interventions as necessary, whether they are in hospital or in the community. To undertake statutory Mental Health Assessments and other interventions in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act. 
The post holder will be expected to carry out statutory duties relating to all vulnerable adults, including vulnerable elders and people with learning difficulties. All duties performed will be in accordance with the appropriate policies and procedures for Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.


For more information about the role, please see the full Job Description

About You:
  • Experience of undertaking complex social work assessment and practice which take fully into consideration the service users’ background and lifestyle choices. 
  • Must have a good working knowledge of issues affecting Adult client groups 
  • Experience of working with people in crisis 
  • Experience of working with older people 
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. 
  • Experience of working with people with a learning disability 
  • Experience of working with adults under the Police and Crime Evidence Act 
  • Experience of working in partnerships with professional agencies and families. 
  • Ability to work alone, using one owns initiative and to make independent decisions under pressure in complex situations 
  • Good risk assessment skills 
  • Ability to build empathetic and supportive relationships with service users and their carers/families. 
  • Ability to discuss and negotiate with colleagues and partner agencies and to resolve differences of opinion or refer these to an appropriate level of management. 
  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide range of service providers both from statutory and voluntary agencies. 
  • Ability to communicate clearly and directly both verbally and in writing. 
  • Ability to make accurate and timely case recording and to update client information IT systems. 
  •  Ability to demonstrate sufficient competency in the AMHP five key competency areas as per AMHP regulations 2008. 
Role Requirements:
  • To ensure the safety to life and limb of Borough residents, in so far as the tasks needed to do so are social work and to arrange placement of vulnerable people, both adults and children
  • To ensure an “appropriate adult” service for vulnerable clients being interviewed by the police, as required by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act
  • To carry out other statutory duties of the Social Services Department as detailed in the Service Level Statement for the Emergency Duty Team.
  • To ensure that ‘ no replies’ the vulnerable and elderly are risk –assessed thoroughly to minimise risks 
  • All staff are expected to carry out their job in compliance with the Councils Constitution. This means being familiar with the policies and procedures relevant to the job and asking for information and advice if you are unsure of the correct course of action. The Council’s Constitution is published on the Internet.
  • To participate in regular supervision
  • To participate in team meetings
  • To make accurate factual and informative records on computer  of all tasks undertaken before going off duty, and to pass all information by  e-mail to the appropriate office by 9.00 a.m. on the next working day.
  • To ensure that all financial transactions are fully written up and accounted for
  • To work in accordance with the Council’s Equal Opportunities policy
  • To attend case conferences and represent the Department in Court and at other formal meetings when necessary
  • To keep abreast of all relevant legislation and of Departmental policies and procedures
  • To undertake systemic training as required
  • To undertake any other relevant duties as required by the Team Manager
  • To use computer technology as required


Allowances for Emergency Duty Socail Workers:

Emergency Duty Social Worker Supplement - £2,300 
EDT Shift allowance - £2,666.28
AMHP allowance - £1,500 



We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.


We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.


We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.


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