Social Work Assistant
Mental Health social work in Kent has recently undergone really exciting transformation which has enabled us to develop a service based on recovery and social inclusion principles, designed to be accessible to anyone needing mental health and wellbeing support in both Primary and Secondary Care including those people who fall through the gaps between services.
The service which is co located with our health colleagues is now looking to appoint a Social Work Assistant
The role will offer you plenty of opportunities to both undertake and contribute to training initiatives and in-house core training courses, while assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating appropriate recovery plans under the guidance of qualified practitioners. We are committed to working in co-production with service users and carers, within a recovery approach which maximises self-determination and empowerment. Working alongside multi-disciplinary colleagues and with other agencies, including Acute and Community Trusts, Primary Care Services and the voluntary sector you will support service users and carers to develop personalised care and support plans which draw on community resources in order to achieve the most positive outcomes.
You will be educated to NVQ in Care Level 2 or equivalent and be working towards NVQ in Care Level 3 or equivalent. You will have GCSE or equivalent in Mathematics and English. You will have experience of working with people with social care needs and of undertaking initial assessments.
You will ideally have experience of supporting clients within mental health services to become more independent, utilising support that is available through the statutory and voluntary sector.
You must also possess:
- Experience of working within a multi-agency environment.
- Knowledge of relevant Mental Health and Social Care legislation and the welfare benefits system.
- Good computer literacy and report writing skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and mediation and negotiation skills.
- Ability to work in partnership with people, the Kent Enablement and Recovery Service (KERS) and with our Strategic Partners to help identify services or resources in the community that can support well-being.
KCC are committed to supporting un-registered staff in accessing social work training by applying for a social work apprenticeship via the social care academy.
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.
Simon Stockwell, Team Leader 03000 416454
About the Company
KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.
Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.