Hours: 37 per week
Contract Type: Fixed
Term until 28 May 2022
Are you an enthusiastic
social worker who would like to support our Island by working with people who
are at risk of experiencing abuse or neglect and empowering them to achieve
best possible outcomes? We would love to hear from you!
About the role:
The Adult Safeguarding
Team has a 12 months fixed term Social Worker vacancy.
The team has multiple
functions such as triaging safeguarding referrals and completion of complex s42
and other enquiries. The focus of this post will be to ensure the principles of
making safeguarding personal are implemented effectively. Your role will be to
complete safeguarding enquiries following the safeguarding principles in a
variety of settings.
The Team is experienced
and is well known for its supportive nature and effective multi-agency working.
The team has a supportive
and engaged management structure including a Service Manager, a Group Manager
and 2 Consultant Practitioners. It also consists of 15 other staff members,
including qualified Social Workers, Adult Social Care Officers and an
To find out more about
working in the Isle of Wight Safeguarding Team, please visit our “Meet the
Teams” webpage here.
Our Social Workers must be
able to listen effectively to the people of the Isle of Wight, to understand
what really matters and to connect them to resources that help them continue
with their chosen life, either with support or independently. You will also be
working with individuals to help them to regain control of their lives in a
crisis. In order to best support the people we work with, we need Social
Workers who are experienced in promoting their own and others professional
curiosity and who are competent in their knowledge of legislation and meeting
their professional capabilities.
As a Social Worker, we
understand the work you do on a daily basis and provide the support you need to
make a difference to the people of the Isle of Wight. To join us, you must:
a social work qualification and be SWE registered
completed your ASYE program or have relevant statutory experience
working in a fast-paced environment
the passion to promote people’s strengths and the ability to make a difference in a safe working approach to social work practice
You will share our
ambitions, passion and attitude to ensure the people we serve live the best
lives possible. You will be a critical thinker who has competence and
confidence in your practice.
You will be able to
demonstrate skills and experience of promoting a person centred and
strengths-based approach. In addition, you will have proven ability to work as
part of a team that puts the strengths of individuals, families and community
at the heart of care and wellbeing. You will also be required to take part in
the Out of Hours (OOH) stand-by duty rota as and when requested by management
on an occasional basis.
Here on the Isle of Wight,
we are in year three of our strategy “Care Close to Home” (CCTH). The results
so far have been impressive. Under CCTH we have: more than halved the rate of
admissions into residential care amongst elders; reduced the rate of permanent
admissions into care homes by working age adults by over 80%; established a
highly effective and innovative approach to demand management through the
voluntary and community sector (seeing less than a 3% re-referral rate into
ASC); quadrupled our home based reablement offer with over 69% of people
needing no onward care and support; reduced the numbers of children living in
bed and breakfast accommodation by 81%; and secured the support of our
colleagues across the Department in making the many changes we have so
We are obsessed with how
to best use the strengths of those we serve in designing their care and support
– supporting people to regain and maintain the maximum level of independence
possible. And we are blessed with having a vibrant and expert voluntary and
community sector – who we regard as equal partners in the design and delivery
of care and support for the people we serve (so that all of our contracts with
them are now a for a minimum three years).
Of course, integration
with health is a key priority – and being surrounded by water means that we
really have to invest in making relationships and care pathways work
effectively – as our residents cannot easily, or cheaply, go elsewhere. We have
recently published our single Health and Care Plan for the IoW. Our Integrated
Locality Services work effectively in avoiding attendance at A&E and
“admission” (be that hospital or a care home). Equally, we are integrating care
management with health across mental health and learning disabilities – and the
plan is also to fully integrate commissioning budgets in these areas.
Very importantly, Care
Close to Home has enabled additional investment in our workforce over the last
two years – filling gaps in our previous learning and development offer and
ensuring that we support colleagues to keep abreast of best practice from
elsewhere and research findings by our active membership of Research in
Practice for Adults. We have appointed a new Principal Social Worker (and
created a new Practice Development Unit to support his work) and strengthened
capacity at service manager level.
These are exciting time on
the Isle of Wight within Adult Social Care, the whole service has supported a
redesign that enhances strength-based practice, working with the community and
our third sector partners.
You will benefit from a
unique and enriching environment within an organisation that values strong
leadership, a good work life balance, quality management and reflective
Please visit the Adult
Social Care career opportunities which holds inspiring testimonies
from team members, a guide to what the Island offers as well as personal
development opportunities we offer.
Team IWC Values:
& Customer focused
We are proud of our
commitment to offer:
- Supporting and supervising all our social care workforce
- Providing opportunities for our staff as they develop and
progress their professional careers
- Providing regular training opportunities.
We are looking forward to
receiving your application if you have what it takes to make a difference and
share our vision and values.
Find out more about
working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.
For further information
about this vacancy or for an informal discussion, please contact
The Isle of Wight Council
protects its employees from discrimination, we actively promote the diversity
of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to
support the different needs of our employees.
The Isle of Wight Council
is an equal opportunities employer and is proud to encourage applications from
all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within
our local community.
This council and its
schools recruit according to the council's Safer Recruitment policy and are
committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young
people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.
In addition to the above,
the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that
providing an individual meets the basic essential requirements of the
advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled, they will be offered
an opportunity for an interview within the council.
In the interests of efficiency and economy, no further communication will be sent to you unless you reach the final shortlist. This means that if you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion.