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Senior Practitioner - Emergency Duty Service - Chelmsford

Job Title: Senior Practitioner - Emergency Duty Service - Chelmsford
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Chelmsford
Salary: £38k - 46k per year
REF: 26800
Contact Name: Parbej Miah
Contact Email:
Job Published: 9 months ago

Job Description

Senior Practitioner - Emergency Duty Service – Chelmsford

Salary: £38k – 46k PA

Full-Time (37 hours)

In addition to the basic salary offered, a 15% supplement is paid for unsocial hours.

This role requires staff to work on a shift pattern which includes evenings, nights, weekends, bank holidays including Christmas and New Year and all public holidays.

Job purpose

The Emergency Duty Service responds to statutory emergencies outside of office hours and deals with any Social Care situations raised about children and vulnerable adults which cannot be safely left until the following working day. Our task is to assess people’s needs for social intervention through a process of screening, assessment and response. Where necessary the Emergency Duty Service will act under the supervision of the Duty Manager to keep service users safe, as well as satisfying the statutory requirements in the relevant legislation. 

Key Accountabilities

  • Receiving and evaluating referrals and ensuring an appropriate professional response consistent with the Emergency Duty Service Model.
  • Undertaking assessments under the Mental Health Act.
  • Undertaking risk assessments for children and young people, with reference to Section 47 of the Children Act.
  • Giving advice and support to all service users as appropriate.
  • Attending Team and other Directorate meetings arranged and where essential, attending court proceedings, case conference and Mental Health Tribunals

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Social Work Degree or equivalent and registered with Social Work England. 
  • Qualified as an Approved Mental Health Professional under the 1983 Mental Health Act.
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as an AMHP or within Children’s front line Social Care.  
  • To have experience of direct work with children and families. Experience of child protection investigation work will be an advantage.
  • Experience and knowledge of work with vulnerable adults.
  • Knowledge of current Community Care practice and multi-agency systems of Assessment and Care Management for Older People and vulnerable adults

A valid UK driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

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We offer:

  • 24 hour one on one specialist social work consultant based within your geographical area
  • 4Recruitment Services Employee Benefits Programme
  • Our own dedicated payroll support ensuring you get the full benefits of your payment

Recruitment is done in line with safe recruitment practices. 4Recruitment Services is an equal opportunities employer.