• Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Reading, Berkshire
  • 36648 - 41418 £ / Year
  • 5 May 2024

Website Reading Borough Council

£36,648 to £41,418 + £2,000 Market Supplement = £38,648 to £43,418

We are a local authority working for the community, improving the lives of our residents and we are looking for a motivated and talented and Experienced Social Worker in Adult Social Care with experience in Safeguarding.

Working as an Experienced Social Worker for Reading Borough Council you will be part of a friendly and supporting team.  We are looking for an individual who can demonstrate great communication skills and the ability to build and maintain relationships with colleagues, young adults and health care providers.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.

About the Role:

Safeguarding is pivotal in Adult Social Care and Reading Borough Council are committed to ensuring that people are able to live safely, free from abuse or harm.

The Social Work role in the Safeguarding Adult Team is varied and fast paced but also provides the opportunity for personal development and growth.

It is essential that applicants have experience of working with safeguarding in their practice and can demonstrate understanding of the relevant legislation and how this is applied to keep people safe. Involving the person in any safeguarding activity is key and we would like to see evidence of how this has been achieved. As part of this role you will be screening safeguarding concerns as well undertaking section 42 enquiries.

As an Experienced Social Worker you will be able to also demonstrate a robust understanding of risk and of the various kinds of harm and abuse which a person might be at risk of experiencing.

Working for Reading you will have the opportunity to develop your own Continued Professional Development either through formal training (such as Practice Educator, BIA or AMHP) and through vocational activities/informal training.

The successful candidate will undertake work using the Conversation Counts model, working on prevention and early support. This will include using your social works skills to undertake Care Act assessments, safeguarding investigations, Mental Capacity assessments and support best interest meetings.

We offer a flexible working environment with a mixture of home working and access to an office based in the centre of Reading.

You will work within the legal framework provided by the statute, guidance, policies and procedures.

You will need to have:

  • A degree or equivalent in Social Work
  • Registration with Social Work England
  • Understanding of the Care Act 2014 and all other legislation related to safeguarding adults practice is required.

We offer excellent support, supervision and induction.

You will have access to our Learning and Development programme and be supported in your career and personal growth with opportunities to learn and develop new clinical skills, helping you to build your Continuing Professional Development portfolio, extending your skills and supporting you to grow as a social worker.

The social care teams consists of Social Workers, Social Care Coordinators and Occupational Therapists.

We work closely with our colleagues in Reading Borough Council, Health Professionals, Voluntary and Charity colleagues to facilitate the best possible outcomes for those people we support.

This role offers Agile/Hybrid Working – you have the opportunity to work from home and the Civic Offices in Reading but also you will need to attend face to face visits within the Reading Borough.

You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place.

Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:

  • Work Together as one team – work collaboratively, with each other and with our partners, and demonstrate the Team Reading values in everything we do
  • Drive Efficiency – show initiative, be adaptable to change and put forward ideas to help improve delivery and efficiency. Take responsibility for our own learning and development and for reaching our potential
  • Be Ambitious – be demanding of our own performance – striving to be even better – and be prepared to engage with and challenge leaders in a constructive and positive way
  • Make a Difference to Reading – maintain the highest levels of customer service and be flexible and willing to provide the services needed at the time they are needed

Our offer

A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

  • Generous holiday entitlement – 25 days holiday each year plus bank holidays – rising to 33 days after 10 years’ service, with the option to buy additional leave
  • Maternity, adoption, parental and sick pay
  • A wide range of flexible working opportunities
  • Access to a range of training and learning opportunities to help you develop
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
  • On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
  • Season Ticket Loan – a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
  • Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years.  The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) to help you save for your retirement
    If you would like to find out more about this role and the team, please contact Shazia Deen (Safeguarding Team Manager) on Shazia.Deen@reading.gov.uk

Closing date: Applications reviewed on submission
Interview date: To be confirmed

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

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