Social Work Jobs Social Worker (Adult Services and Wellbeing) - Calderdale Council

NQSW: £25,419-£27,514, Level 2: £28,226-£30,095 Level 3: £30,984-£34,373

We have an excellent opportunity for a qualified Social Worker to join the Older Person’s South Halifax Team based at the Shay Stadium in the centre of Halifax. There is also access to other touch down points within the local area including Elland Library. The South Team covers areas around Elland, Sowerby Bridge and Ripponden.

Applications from Newly Qualified Social Workers are also encouraged, and you will be supported to complete your assessed year in practice ASYE. The successful candidate will be joining a recently re-structured service that is dedicated to strengths-based and outcome-focused practice.

Calderdale Adult Services have a dedicated older people’s team supporting adults over the age of 65 years. We believe ensuring the health and well-being of older people is more important than ever as adults with increasingly complex needs and frailty are often more vulnerable members of society. What Adult Services seeks to achieve by recognising the interaction between physical, mental, and social care factors is to ensure independence of older adults and their quality of life is not compromised.

Calderdale’s approach to social work is to be creative, proactive, preventative and personalised with a focus on holistic strengths-based assessments. The council’s overriding ethos is to engage with adults, carers, and their families through a shared conversation model. This is a new way of working which encourages professional engagement in the ‘persons’ story and a move away from the process led assessment tool.

Our social work practice in Calderdale is:

• Human rights based with a key emphasis on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and subsequent Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. • Underpinned by values of social justice, the idea of fairness between the individual and society. • Ensures individual rights to access health funded services is assessed under the NHS Continuing Health Care Framework (amended in 2018). • Person-centred when approaching the safeguarding of a vulnerable adult. • Positive about enabling ‘risk’ considering prevention and the management of risk.

You will be supported in your professional role to:

• Develop multi-agency links while increasing confidence in leading multi-disciplinary meetings i.e., health, social, housing, police, therapy • Complete legal reports understanding current legislative frameworks and your responsibilities • Undertake safeguarding duties under s42 of The Care Act 2014 • Planning discharges for individuals who are an inpatient in local and out of area hospitals. • Complete statutory assessments, understanding eligibility and support planning which outcome is focused. • Work with carers, considering eligible needs and support planning

The role requires you:

• Take accountability for self-development • Engage in critical reflective practice, both in 1-1 supervision and group reflect sessions. • Take ownership of continued professional development needs mapped against the BASWA Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF).

What we are proud to offer:

• A significant degree of autonomy. • A flexible working policy which ensures personal and work life balance is maintained. • A hybrid model of working between office and home-based working. • Committed to providing our workforce with exceptional levels of support, from a comprehensive induction through to continuous personal and professional development. We provide and encourage you to make the most of the high-quality opportunities we offer. • Provide dedicated time for monthly group supervision and reflective pods, as well as regular quality shared discussions. • We have approachable and supportive managers who have an open door, regular advice surgeries and are willing to listen; we’re experienced professionals, we all pull together to support each other and share our expertise. • We understand that social work is challenging and know how important it is to take care of ourselves. Work life balance is very important, and we’ll support you with that. • Offer a generous annual leave entitlement with an additional 5 days after 5 years' service and enrolment into the local government pension scheme. • We have excellent technology and equipment that enables you to connect and collaborate from anywhere.

As this is role is based in a locality team driving is an essential requirement of the post.

Location Calderdale
Hours per-week 37
Salary £25,419 - £34,373
Job description

Applications will be considered from those who hold the relevant qualification and are registered with Social Work England.

Closing Date: Sunday 21st August, shortlisting will take place on Monday 22nd when successful candidates will be contacted with an interview time.

Please be aware that interviews are expected to be held remotely via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 24th August 2022.

For further information please contact Natalie Cooper-Illingworth on 01422 393895.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. Applicants to posts that are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act will require a DBS (formerly CRB) from the Disclosure and Barring Service before the appointment is confirmed.

Employees of the Council enjoy a comprehensive reward and benefits package, which includes generous terms and conditions of employment and access to a wide range of retail discounts and lifestyle savings to name a few.

We may utilise digital interview methods.

As part of our Vision ( we aim to be a talented, resilient and inclusive community. We welcome applications from all and offer a variety of flexible working / job share opportunities for both full and part time staff.

On 30 January 2019, the Council declared a climate emergency in a bold move to step up its action to tackle climate change.

Calderdale Council embraces the positive benefits of a diverse workforce and we are committed to providing an environment that is inclusive. We encourage applications from people who share our commitment to challenge inequality and promote diversity across Calderdale. We particularly welcome applications from communities that are currently under-represented in our organisation, including Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic applicants. All applications are anonymised before being seen by the selection panel.

We reserve the right to close vacancies prior to the advertised closing date, an early submission is advised.