SOCIAL WORKER – COMMUNITIES TEAM

ADULT SOCIAL CARE

EMPLOYER: KNOWSLEY COUNCIL

SALARY

Social Worker, Qualified pay band L: £40,221- 41,418

LOCATION

Nutgrove Villa, Westmorland Road, Huyton , Knowsley, L36 6GA

CONTRACT

Permanent

WORKING HOURS

Full time: 36 hours per week.

(Consideration will be given for part time working.)

Do you want to work in a welcoming and supportive social work team?

Are you passionate about social and want to support adults to have great outcomes?

 Are you looking to take the next step in your career?

In Knowsley you will work closely with Social Worker colleagues, Assistant Care Managers, Senior Practitioners and Team Managers to ensure that Knowsley residents are supported to maintain or regain their independence, helping them to identify their strengths and assets to support their wellbeing. We also want people to have great outcomes.

One of our strengths is that we are a small Local Authority, which gives you the opportunity to make a big impact through your social work practice and develop your professional network with Knowsley colleagues and our partners in the community.

Our Managers and Senior Managers are visible and accessible to support you to do your role. We are proactive in our approach to risk management and support our social workers when working with complex situations.

We have opportunities now in our Communities Team.

About the Communities Team

The Communities Team supports Older People, adults with Learning and Physical Disabilities, adults with Mental Health issues who are not known or open to Secondary Mental Health Services, and people who require ongoing support to address substance misuse.

Find out more.

More about this opportunity

Completing strength based social care needs assessments and developing support plans with adults with care and support needs, you will bring a person-centred approach to the role, actively encouraging the involvement of the adult, listening to their views and experiences, identifying how their needs can be best met with them. Being professionally curious is a skill that we value.

With access to the Live Well Directory and working with Adult Social Care colleagues, you will regularly liaise with other organisations, our partners, and care and support providers, and will keep updated on community resources, activities and services, signposting adults to resources that may be beneficial to them.

The safeguarding of adults at risk and the quality of the care and support services that adults receive is a priority for Knowsley Adult Social Care, you will be committed to reducing the risk of abuse and neglect towards adults in our communities.

Training opportunities will be available to support you to develop your skills and knowledge; we are committed to your professional development.

You will also benefit from working with experienced colleagues and managers. Social Workers will receive regular supervision, have good peer support, and have the opportunity to contribute to team meetings.

For newly qualified Social Workers we have an Approved Supported Year in Employment, (ASYE), programme and a dedicated ASYE Co-ordinator to support you as begin your first social work role.

Along with a generous annual leave and concessionary day allowance, Knowsley has a range of benefits for you to access.

These are just some of the reasons to work for Knowsley:

Learning & Career Development: We have a wide range of blended learning opportunities available to all employees, which will be relevant to your job & progression.

Flexible working and hybrid working arrangements: Our flexible working scheme allows you to manage your hours, and our hybrid working offers a blend of home and office-based working.

Generous Holiday Entitlement & two paid concessionary days- with the opportunity to buy an additional 10 days leave per year.

Formal and informal supervision to support you in your role.

Secondment Opportunities to support your professional role.

Dedicated Assessors & ASYE Coordinator, protected caseloads & bespoke training plan for newly qualified Social Workers and those joining us for an Assessed Supported Year in Employment (the ASYE programme)

High quality IT Kit supporting agile working arrangements

Four week induction programme

We can also offer you…

  • Generous Local Government Pension Scheme

  • We are a Disability Confident Employer – we offer inclusive & accessible recruitment, offering an interview to disabled people, providing reasonable adjustments, & supporting existing employees.

  • Differentiated sickness absence for individuals living with a disability.

  • Occupational Health Services with free & fast access to physiotherapists and acupuncture.

  • Vivup Employee & Member Assistance Programme – A 24/7 helpline offering a range of support, with access to experienced counsellors & psychotherapists.

  • Equality and Diversity Operational Staff Working Groups: Join our Black & Minority Workers’ Group; LGBT+ Forum; Knowsley Multi Faith and Belief Group; The Women’s Operational Workers Group; Neurodiverse Staff Support Group; Knowsley Carers Forum or Men’s Support Group.

  • Menopause policy supporting women in the workplace.

  • Currently offering free parking on some sites

  • Currently offering free Tea & Coffee in the workplace

  • Childcare vouchers

  • Cycle to work scheme: We are committed to greener transport solutions. Our scheme entitles you to significant discounts on the price of a new bike & safety equipment

  • Discounted Gym membership at Knowsley’s Volair Leisure Centres

  • Vivup staff discount scheme

  • Eye tests: We provide all display screen users with a free eye test on request. We have a corporate eye care scheme which includes a contribution to the cost of glasses.

  • Enterprise Credit Union Membership – Offering Knowsley staff great savings and loan rates

  • Travel support – Interest free travel loans for train, bus and Triopasses

  • Dedicated financial advice helpline

How to apply

For more information about the role, download the Job Description and Person Specification.

Social Worker Job Description

Social Worker Person Specification

View the Conditions of Service.

If Knowsley Adult Social Care sounds like a place you could take the next step of your social work career with, book your interview today.

To apply for a Social Work role with Knowsley you must have the right to work in the UK and hold either a work permit or a visa.  Proof of these documents will be required with your application.   At this current time, Knowsley Council are unable to provide sponsorship for international applicants. 

More information relating to working in the UK can be found on the Government’s website.

If you have a recognised Social Work qualification and the right to work in the UK, you would then need to register with Social Work England (SWE) as they are the UK’s Social Work regulators. Once that is in place you could apply for vacancies with Knowsley Council.

To clarify in order to proceed you would need to:

  1. Have the right to work in the UK- Prove your right to work to an employer: Overview – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  2. Have a recognised social work qualification- check via this link- List of overseas qualifications – Social Work England
  3. Be registered with Social Work England Home – Social Work England