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Senior Social Worker

Suffolk County Council
Place of work:
Landmark House, Ipswich
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Job term:
Full Time
Closing date:
12 April 2021 11:30 PM
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£38,705 - £50,743 pa

Could you be our Ideal Worker? Are you compassionate, motivated, and want to make a difference to children and young people with mental health difficulties and their families?

A rare and exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit an experienced, values-driven, confident, and reflective practitioner to join our innovative multi-disciplinary Crisis Outreach Service.

Suffolk County Council, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and the West Suffolk and East Suffolk and Ipswich CCGs are working in partnership to create a multi-agency Crisis Outreach Service. The service will be hosted by Suffolk County Council and will provide support to children and young people up the age of 18, their parents, carers and practitioners when they are in crisis, using a psycho-social model.

Based upon the THRIVE and Signs of Safety frameworks, the Crisis Outreach Service, strives to adopt a whole system approach to meeting the needs of children, young people, and their families, providing risk support at any stage of a young person’s journey. You will play a key role bringing specialist expertise, skills, experience, and passion to where it is needed.

The outreach model of care will provide intensive interventions, ensuring that children and young people living in East and West Suffolk can access the services that meet their needs at the right time, and forms part of the Mental Health Crisis response pathway. This service will wrap around any services that currently work with these children and young people and complements existing provision.

Working alongside colleagues from psychiatry, clinical psychology, mental health nursing, and social care, you will:

  • demonstrate passion and commitment towards relationally focused practice; and have experience of forming safe, trusting, positive and collaborative relationships with children, young people, and families who may traditionally struggle to engage with services, and who may present with complex and significant mental health difficulties
  • have experience and confidence in supporting children, young people, and families facing crisis situations
  • be skilled at working in partnership with children, young people, and families to assess and manage risk
  • have excellent communication skills, and the ability to work flexibly and creatively in conjunction with children, young people, families, and other professionals
  • demonstrate flexibility, and a commitment to new ways of working, including supporting children and young people directly in their homes and community settings; as well as providing indirect support to existing networks through consultation and advice
  • demonstrate evidence of commitment to continuous professional development and reflective practice
  • have experience, of delivering psycho-social interventions with children, young people, and families (desirable)
  • have experience of promoting physical and emotional safety and supporting children and young people to reach their goals (desirable).

For an informal discussion please contact Anita Farrant on (01473) 265890

Please read the Job and Person Profile and the Ideal Worker sheet before applying for this job.

Interviews: w/c 26 April 21

This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but on occasions there may be a requirement for you to travel using reasonable and suitable means available to you and agreed by the authority.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts. We are also committed to flexible working. For the types of flexible or part time working available for specific roles, please see the Job and Person Profile. Suffolk County Council - welcoming diversity.

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