Social Worker / Advanced Social Worker for Young Adults aged 16-25 (0-25 Disabilities Service)

Location: Badminton Road, Yate

Salary: £28,221 - £34,106 (Upper scale subject top Advanced Level application and appointment)

Apply by: See advert
Employment Term: Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern: Full time
Job Category: Social Work
Vacancy ID: 103831
Post Number: SGC1078/850/025A/JS

Supporting documents

Document   Guidance for applicants.pdf   (225.26 KB)

Document   Staff benefits.pdf   (462.68 KB)

Document   Values SGC - we care.pdf   (47.01 KB)

Further information

We currently have the opportunity for an experienced qualified Social Worker or Advanced Social Worker to join our team working with young adults within our Disabilities Service. 

Social Workers are usually initially appointed to the salary range: £28,221 - £30,756 however, if you already meet the Advanced Social Worker criteria we can appoint to the salary range: £31,401 - £34,106. In order to be considered for an Advanced post, please complete the attached Linked Scale Supplementary Application form and return this to  with the subject Supplementary Application followed by the post number on the advert. 

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Under the supervision of the Team Manager, the post holder will work closely with young people making the transition to adulthood and their families, and will manage caseloads including complex cases, completing assessments in line with agreed policy and guidance. 

Modelling good practice, the post holder will carry out the duties and responsibilities under relevant legislation, promoting the proper care, support, safety and welfare of adults at all times. 

The post holder will be expected to concentrate on older age young people and young adults within the 0-25 Disability Service, assessing their social care and health needs and to plan, implement, review and monitor action and outcomes. This includes financial assessment within the framework of the relevant legislation, Care Act eligibility criteria, and safeguarding adults policies and at all times work towards giving a greater choice, independence and social inclusion for the service user. The post holder will be required to have detailed knowledge of mental capacity legislation, and operate compliantly within the Mental Capacity Act. You will review and monitor each support plan and the quality of the service provision, making changes in response to evolving needs and service principles. You will model best practice and, in line with legislation, policy and guidance, you will promote the wellbeing and dignity of service users enabling self-directed support and managing risk to ensure safety 

The post holder will take responsibility for the continuing professional development of themselves and contribute towards the professional development of others, including participating in staff development programmes and the promotion of specialist skills. The post holder will contribute to the development of services, policies, practices which optimise life chances for children and young people by partnership working with colleagues in other Departments or agencies. 

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce. 

Main Duties 

• Carry out assessment of needs, providing advice and guidance to service users and their carers, in order to establish care plans where appropriate, ensuring that services are effective and meet legislation, regulations and codes of practice.

• Review and monitor care plans and the quality of service provision, responding to changing needs and renegotiating service provision where appropriate.

• Manage own caseload or specific projects to ensure specialist inputs are obtained and effective outcomes achieved. 

• Support the delivery of designated areas of work by coordinating day to day operations and contributing to developing projects and processes.

• Raise awareness of a range of care issues and their implications and carry out risk assessments where appropriate, in order to ensure that needs are assessed and appropriate action is taken.

• Develop and evaluate reablement programmes as part of care packages ensuring that programmes to support independence are implemented.

• Liaise and work with contacts from different sectors, including health and the voluntary sector, sometimes as part of a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring that communication is effective and that knowledge and best practice are shared.

• Complete and present records and reports in accordance with professional and council guidelines. 

• Take necessary action in accordance with Safeguarding procedures in order to protect vulnerable children and young people.

• Make recommendations for significant budget spend ensuring that maximum value is delivered for the resources deployed and contribute to budget management. This will ensure that the maximum value is delivered for the resources deployed.

• Represent the Council’s interests ensuring that the Council’s position is advocated.

Selection Criteria 

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


Degree in Social Work or equivalent (eg DipSW, CQSW, CSS); plus completion of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment as required, or working towards this.

Registration with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), or registration in process.

Experience of working with a broad range of people including families in a social care settings.

Experience of, or be prepared to work in accordance with, the Council’s safeguarding policies and procedures.

Evidence of on-going continuous professional development and knowledge of current legislation and practice relating to young people’s and Adults services.

Effective interpersonal skills, be able to carry out good quality analytical assessments and outcome focussed care plans, communicate findings and risks to families, and keep detailed and accurate records.

The ability to use the specific client data system and common software packages e.g. word, outlook.

Full clean drivers licence and access to a car to travel to a range of locations including home visits.

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours.


Experience with working with people with a disability/complex needs

Additional Information

Physical Effort and Working Environment (other than in a normal office environment), Visits to a range of settings including visits to the homes of service users.

Disclosure and Barring Service

Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013). 

Use of a vehicle

The nature of the duties of this post will require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel. 

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme. 

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact Jackie Richard, Team Manager for Adults within 0-25 Disability Service on 01454 866191 or Email address: 

The postholder will be based at the Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 7AF.

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South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.


As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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