Qualified Social Worker - SSJ
Portsmouth City Council
Portsmouth Central Library
Job typeFull Time, Fixed Term
£32,233 - £35,744 Per Annum
10 May 2021
Why come and work in Portsmouth?
Portsmouth is a great waterfront city and a vibrant place to live and work. It is an island city with an “inner city” feel, a seaside location packed with attractions and events, and the advantage of fantastic countryside on its doorstep. With a fast-growing university, high-tech industries, and a vibrant cultural scene, Portsmouth is a modern city that looks to the future, but which is proud of its unique heritage as the home of the Royal Navy and Historic Dockyard. With fast road and rail links to London, Brighton and major airports, and ferry links to Europe, it is the perfect place to live and work.
At Portsmouth City Council we’re all about developing our staff, because we want to build a bigger and better city but we need the best employees to do so. With a little over 207,000 residents and 7,000 businesses throughout this city, this unitary authority’s main goal is to ensure the best care and development of all those within the city. From customer service to Multi-million pound projects, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.
Your New Role
We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and highly motivated Social Worker to work as part of the Homeless Drug and Alcohol Team. The service is delivered by the Society of St James. You will be managed on a day to day basis by SSJ, and will receive their professional supervision via an adult social care manager based within the adults’ multi-agency safeguarding hub.
This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic qualified practitioner considering a new challenge within a multi-agency setting offering social care assessments and support to adults who are rough sleeping/experiencing homelessness. You will work with a wide range of services including GPs, housing, mental health, and substance misuse. The homeless drug and alcohol team is an exciting multi-skilled team, they support people with complex needs, including drug/alcohol misuse; mental health and homelessness. You will be based at Portsmouth central library however the focus of the work will be in settings where homeless people are found, including but not exclusive to hostels, day service and the street. Some evenings and weekend work will be required.
What you’ll need to succeed
You will hold a professional qualification in Social Work and be registered with Social Work England, as well as have a working legal, theoretical and practice knowledge base, in relation to The Care Act, Mental Capacity Act, Making Safeguarding Personal and safeguarding adults. You will understand the impact that homelessness and rough sleeping has on people’s physical and mental wellbeing including the complex interplay between substance use and mental health. You will have experience or knowledge of substance misuse treatment and the barriers to engagement, as well as possess robust and comprehensive skills in risk management with a confident ability in assessing, planning and recording of sensitive information and data. You will have a professional curiosity and the ability to negotiate, work creatively and flexibly with aptitude for innovative decision making. You will be passionate about putting the client at the heart of what you do. You will have an understanding of the needs of the client group and capacity to work in environments such as hostels, interim accommodations and out in the community with people who would otherwise find it difficult to engage with support in tradition office-based settings. You will demonstrate a range of effective communication skills including the ability to converse with a diverse range of people. You should be emotionally resilient and have the ability to use initiative and to problem solve under pressure with a ‘can do’ attitude.
What you’ll get in return
As well as highly competitive pay you’ll receive all the benefits of working within a local authority organisation, which ranges from flexible working hours to a fantastic pension which allows you the opportunity to pay in more for that greater return. We wish to support all our staffs development throughout, if that’s progression planning or involvement within the on the job apprenticeship scheme we will work together to drive your career. For those with families we have child care benefits as well as discounts with local businesses which can be enjoyed by all.
To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure you application matches the requirements of the role. Please review the job profile and how to apply document. You must apply your experience to the requirements listed on the job profile in the Personal Statement/Cover Letter section of this application.
We look forward to speaking with you soon.