Social Worker

Norfolk County Council
£15,000 - £19,999
09 Nov 2019
15 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Part Time
Social Worker 47432 SSLE (2)

County Hall, Norwich

£17,848 - £19,890 per annum

18.5 hours per week

Permanent contract

We have a part-time, permanent post available for a Qualified Social Worker in the Emergency Duty Team. There is also an opportunity for an increase in hours if desired from Spring 2020, so this is an exciting opportunity to join our service.

The Emergency Duty Team is a small bespoke service that responds to emergencies out of hours. As a generic team, this includes adult social care, child care and assessments under the Mental Health Act.

The Emergency Duty Team is a great opportunity for Social Workers to practice generically, utilising all skills and knowledge gained in your Social Work training. If your experience lies in either Adult or Children's Social Care, help, support and training will be provided to learn other areas of practice.

Being an Approved Mental Health Professional would be advantageous in relation to the Emergency Duty Teams statutory work under the Mental Health Act however, there will be the opportunity to train as an Approved Mental Health Professional if appointed (which will be mandatory to work in the Emergency Duty Team).

Whilst there is a management support 24/7, overnight shifts require skill and experience and the ability to work autonomously at times, therefore it is a requirement you have a minimum of 3 years post qualifying experience and have obtained your first year ASYE/NIPE as a newly qualified Social Worker.

The Emergency Duty Team responds to emergencies that cannot wait until the next working day. This may include Mental Health Act Assessments, child in need/child protection and adult safeguarding/supporting vulnerable people to remain at home via organising additional support etc. Ability to triage, risk assess and prioritise is important. Excellent communication skills in all forms is essential - this includes verbal, electronically and in writing. Being confident and competent in IT is advantageous as this is a key method of communicating work to day time colleagues. The Emergency Duty Team works closely with other agencies that also work out of hours both in the voluntary and statutory sectors.

The Emergency Duty Team operates a rolling shift pattern over 8 weeks for Social Workers. You will have your own shift pattern, so you can plan your working hours ahead. As the Emergency Duty Team covers over 126hrs a week, the shifts are of varying hours of evening/nights during the week and days/evening/nights at weekends. We also cover Bank Holidays, which is paid at double time and there is an enhancement for weekend working (a third on top of your main salary).

As well as Social Workers, the team also consists of Assistant Practitioners, Call Handlers and Managers. You will receive regular supervisions and attend monthly Team Meetings. The Emergency Duty Team is a small team, but you will be well supported and have the benefit of highly experienced and skilled colleagues to work alongside you. As a generic team, you will also have the opportunity to attend training regularly in both Adult and Children's Services to keep your skills and knowledge up to date. If you an Approved Mental Health Professional or aspire to becoming one, you will attend regular mandatory training ongoing to maintain your warrant.

If you would like any further information, please contact Jo Felgate, Team Manager (Emergency Duty Team) at

For further details and to apply, Click "Apply"

Closing date: 13 November 2019