Social Worker - Transition Team, Lifelong Services

Posted 31 August 2023
Salary £43000 - £47000 per annum + Additional Benefits
LocationWest Sussex
Job type Permanent
Discipline Social Work
Contact NameAdam Smith

Job description

The Role

A Local Authority in West Sussex is looking for a Social Worker to join their Transition Team, Lifelong Services.

This is for a full-time, permanent position.

The Transition Teams are county-wide teams that offer a service to young people from the age of 16 who have lifelong disabilities.

This Local Authorities Lifelong Services Teams have a unique focus, and their Social Work Practitioners are exceptional at supporting the teams to deliver legislatively compliant services. They offer a dedicated, strengths-based approach to disability that we know makes a positive difference.

The successful candidate will have a challenging, complex caseload, and provide an accountable social care service to those people who access or need the service. The successful candidate will be expected to work within organisational, policy and legislative requirements which include the Care Act, Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act. Good working knowledge of safeguarding, risk assessment and enablement are essential.

This Local Authority is committed to improving their services for the children and families and currently in a key time in their improvement journey. This journey includes establishing a new and experienced senior leadership team, driving their 'Children First' improvement plan and implementing the Family Safeguarding Practice Model.


  • Up to 29 days Annual Leave.
  • Hybrid Working.
  • An Excellent Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Training and Development Opportunities, including Coaching and Mentoring
  • A minimum of 5 CPD and Training days per year.
  • Access to Excellent Learning and Development Provisions such as Research in Practice and Community Care Inform.
  • Social Work England Fees Paid.

Main Responsibilities:

  • To work within organisational, policy and legislative frameworks as you support young people to increase their independence and plan for the future.
  • Ensuring the effective delivery of services to those people who access or need the service.
  • Manage and advise on complex cases within a specialist area including working alongside many other agencies, dealing with complex family dynamics, managing complex risk levels and dealing with legal issues.
  • Take a lead and proactive role within the discipline of a specialist area, this may involve being a dedicated representative for a particular forum or being at the forefront of developments within a particular field.
  • Develop effective working relationships and communicate effectively with those people who access or need the service, families, carers, colleagues and other professionals to deliver the appropriate interventions and service delivery.
  • Responsible for promoting a strengths-based approach in both your own practice and that of the whole team, and for the application of creativity in support planning in exploring all potential options for meeting needs and outcomes, and consideration of the availability of resources across the service.
  • Lead in initiatives and development work as required.
  • Represent the service at events and meetings with external agencies, making commitments as directed and agreed.
  • Maintain accurate records of all work undertaken and produce case reports and correspondence for a variety of audiences including meetings, conferences, court, panels and other agencies. Monitor colleagues' record keeping as part of supervision.
  • Responsible for expenditures from an agreed budget when appropriate. E.g. making necessary purchases in relation to situations arising with people who access or need the service such as commissioning respite care.
  • Support equality and diversity and respect individuals, carers and colleagues regardless of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic origin. Challenge oppressive practice and behaviour.
  • Responsible for the care of, accuracy, confidentiality, security and maintenance of all individuals' records and related manual and/or computerised information, including highly sensitive and confidential adult/child protection issues.

Skills and Qualifications Required:

  • A Recognised Social Work qualification (Degree/DipSW/CQSW/CSS or equivalent).
  • A valid registration with Social Work England Registration.
  • Expectation to undertake post qualifying training in one or more specialised roles, i.e. AMHP, BIA and/or Practice Educator.
  • Demonstrable experience of dealing with a wide breath of issues and complex situations and using highly developed analytical skills to provide solution focussed and resource efficient options.
  • Evidence of good assessment skills, including the ability to ensure regular reviews and risk management with a variety of individuals, carers or families.
  • Evidence of effectively prioritising work and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience of managing levels of risk within a caseload of complex safeguarding cases.
  • Experience of leading and supervising others.
  • Valid, full driving licence.


West Sussex


£43,516 - £46,549.

Please follow the instructions on the website, or alternatively contact Adam Smith on 07442 576 906 for more information and please be sure to leave your contact details.

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