Social Work Co-ordinator

Turning Tides
Worthing, West Sussex
Contract type: 
37.5 hours per week
Salary £27,022 per annum
Deadline for applications: 
Sunday, 24 February 2019 (All day)

Reporting to the Head of Residential Services the post holders will hold a unique role working as a qualified social worker within the voluntary sector.

Turning Tides provides emergency and other accommodation, advice and assistance. A rapidly evolving organisation, the charity is central to the delivery of Recovery, Mental Health, Direct access hub services and Housing services across West Sussex although the largest proportion of our services are based in Worthing.

Reporting to the Head of Residential Services you will hold a unique role working as a qualified social worker within the voluntary sector. You will be given the autonomy to develop and grow this role, delivering interventions and support to clients while providing advice and support to staff working with some of the most at risk and marginalised individuals in our society. The role will allow you to make a real difference in clients lives and their children’s,  following clients journeys from homelessness into independent living providing a real sense of job satisfaction.

Candidates must hold a current Social Work qualification. As the registered social worker, you will create a bespoke social work service that meets the needs of our complex and diverse client group. The role represents our commitment to growing and developing social work within the organisation.

You will work closely with statutory services ensuring that clients’ needs are met under the provision of the Care Act 2014.Your ability to create positive relationships with local statutory agencies and key state holders supporting them and educating them to the needs of our clients will be key to the success of this role.

You must be able to motivate and inspire clients to make positive life changes. Possess the ability to work independently and as part of a team, taking initiative and responsibility for completing tasks whilst being able to communicate with a wide range of people. You must be able to take responsibility for making difficult decisions whilst managing challenging behavior using assertiveness and de-escalation techniques. Committed to extending your own professional competence and knowledge will be crucial along with the ability to manage and plan your own workload to meet deadlines and targets. Good computer literacy skills are essential.

You will have experience of delivering support to vulnerable people with multiple and complex needs and a basic knowledge of alcohol, drugs and issues around addiction and relapse management along with knowledge of mental health and personality disorders is essential.

The role involves working with parents of children, subject to children’s services involvement, acting as an advocate for clients and supporting them in navigating the system to achieve positive outcomes. Where risks to children are identified, you will lead on raising concerns leasing closely with statutory services.

You will be responsible for delivering our mandatory safeguarding training to all staff and volunteers and will have the responsibility for co-ordinating social work student placements across the organisation acting as practice supervisor or practice educator if suitably qualified.

In addition, you will manage a caseload of complex clients that require social work involvement delivering psychosocial interventions to maximise positive outcomes with clients.

You will take a lead on safeguarding cases alongside the Head of Residential who is the safeguarding lead including: ensuring a timely rapid response, supporting clients and staff through this process using our resources and staff skills to help mitigate against risk in conjunction with statutory services.

A full job description and person specification along with an application form are available to download from our website. Please be advised that we only accept applications made on our application form and not CVs.

If you would like an informal chat about this role please contact Niall Read Head of Residential Services on 01903 680740 Ext. 245.

Closing date for vacancies: Midnight on Sunday 24th February 2019

Interview date: Monday 4th March 2019

No agencies please

Turning Tides requires all staff and volunteers to be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults. Successful applicants (dependent on role) are required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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