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Mental Health Safeguarding Practitioner

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Responsibility

The Mental Health Adult Safeguarding Team is a well-established specialist County Team aligned to the newly transformed Mental Health social work Teams as well as the MH inpatient settings and Forensic Services. The team undertake the Designated Senior Officer role for adult MH safeguarding enquiries in line with S42 of the Care Act 2014.  The Safeguarding team work very closely with individuals, and other agencies to promote and embed the Care Act principles as well as making safeguarding personal.

The service is now looking to appoint experienced registered Safeguarding Practitioners within Kent.  As a Safeguarding Practitioner you would be responsible for instigating and coordinating Statutory lines of enquiries and for the key decisions in response to safeguarding concerns, including chairing adult safeguarding meetings and undertaking enquiries where necessary.

You will also work within the MH quality framework to ensure continuous improvements and supporting the wider staffing group with embedding new initiatives, learning from safeguarding practices and changes in policies and legislations.

You will be expected to work as part of the County MH Adult Safeguarding Team to ensure a robust safeguarding response across the County and to utilise peer support.  Hence you will need to be able to travel across the County flexibly.

You should have extensive practice experience in adult Safeguarding and significant Mental Health experience, you will be educated to degree (or equivalent) level in social work with appropriate professional registration with Social Work England

You will also;

  • Work closely with MH safeguarding adult coordinators to ensure new initiatives in practice, changes in policies and legislations are reflected in practice.
  • Work alongside Commissioners and colleagues in Mental Health to support good quality care and preventative practices with care providers.
  • Support peer audits and reviews to ensure continuous improvement of services.
  • Work closely with external partners to improve outcomes for residents of Kent.

There is one post available to cover West Kent.  However, there is an expectation to cover across areas at times to provide a robust response and therefore flexibility is required.  There will be times you will be required to travel around the county.

In return we will support you through the Social Care Academy to achieve your career ambitions.

External applicants may be eligible for a benefits package including an introductory payment when you first start work for KCC and a relocation package if needed.

This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.

This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure application to the Disclosure and Barring service and registration as a qualified Social Worker with Social Work England.

Interviews will be held on 26 August 2020.

Contact Details

For further information on this role please contact Vickie Minkiewicz 03000 411197 or Jayne Manser 03000 422419.

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