QSW - Service Manager

Social Care
up to £375 Per Day
Contract Type:
Full Time

Evergood Associates are currently supporting our client based in Berkshire in recruiting for an experienced and Qualified Social Worker to act as a Service Manager based within the Adults Safeguarding Service. 

Main Accountabilities

  • To direct and ensure the effective delivery of performance, policy and planning for multi-agency Safeguarding services to respond to the abuse of vulnerable adults. Provide regular reports and comprehensive strategic oversight to the  Director of Adult Services; Elected members; Members of the West of Berkshire Partnership Board and the Wokingham Safeguarding Partnership Forum in line with statutory guidance from Department of Health.  Co-ordinate the Council’s responses to government and other authorities or external bodies. Manage and develop professional links with other agencies, other authorities, senior officers and Elected Members of WBC, providing reports, input and expert advice regarding the functioning and performance of Safeguarding Adults  functions so as to influence policy and aid integration with commensurate agencies.
  • To lead, Monitor and ensure that that the quality of service response to allegations of abuse and mistreatment reported to WBC is excellent. Develop and implement systems to monitor and quality assure decisions and activities related to safeguarding adults. Oversee the analysis of performance data and the development of improvement plans to ensure that practice across agencies embodies the principles of corporate and government requirements. Give assertive and effective feedback and advice for improvement where service provision is inadequate, and monitor that improvement is being made. Promptly bring any weaknesses in service performance to the attention of the Director of Adult Services and Lead Member for Community Care Services.
  • To advise on complex safeguarding issues and chair complex Adult Safeguarding meetings as required.
  • To develop and promote initiatives arising from Government policy, providing advice, guidance and support to Wokingham Safeguarding Adults Forum; the  Director of Adult  Services, senior officers and elected Members of Wokingham Borough Council on the scope and impact of their statutory duties and responsibilities to safeguard adults whose circumstances make them vulnerable to abuse.
  • To develop, formulate, review and take a lead on the planning and policy formulation processes relating to Government policy and local initiatives regarding joint working with Health, Police, private and voluntary organisations, in order to achieve greater coherence and more effective partnership working in relation to safeguarding vulnerable adults with a particular emphasis on maximising preventative work to avoid harm occurring in the first place.
  • To lead on work that WBC does with service users and partners to prevent abuse and direct and develop strategy relating to the involvement of users and carers in the determination, delivery and evaluation of both their own care plans and the strategic direction of Safeguarding services 
  • To direct, manage and oversee the development and implementation of a training strategy which provides appropriate training to key personnel across agencies to ensure staff are adequately trained in adult safeguarding in line with Department of Health and National Care Standard Act requirements.
  • To direct and lead the promotion and understanding of  adult safeguarding issues within the statutory, independent and voluntary and community sectors across Wokingham Borough. To manage, direct publicity campaigns, promotional literature and local media publicity to alert the wider public to the abuse of vulnerable adults and safeguarding issues in Wokingham Borough and ensure that  the WBC website is up to date in adult safeguarding content.
  • To lead on ensuring that WBC fulfils it’s statutory responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.
  • To be a full and active member of the Extended Children’s Services Leadership Team and the Health and Wellbeing Joint Operational Leadership team, to work cooperatively to improve outcomes for Wokingham’s young people, and take on specific programmes as required.

General Description

  • To ensure that Wokingham Borough Council fulfils its statutory role in safeguarding adults whose circumstances make them vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, ensuring decisions and actions regarding adults in need of protection are appropriate and within the law
  • To act as the lead professional on behalf of Wokingham Borough Council  in the strategic direction, development, governance and professional practice of all work that is done by the Council to safeguard adults whose circumstance make them vulnerable to abuse.
  • To work closely with the West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board members and the Wokingham Safeguarding Adults Forum to deliver an integrated, co-ordinated and consistent response to the management and work of partners in delivering services to safeguard and promote the welfare of vulnerable adults in Wokingham.
  • To be the lead advocate for adults whose circumstances make them vulnerable to abuse, and their carers, in the Wokingham borough and to promote their participation in the design, delivery and evaluation of services provided by the Council and it’s partners.
  • To advise the Director of Adult Services and the Lead Member for Community Care Services in support of their safeguarding responsibilities, professionally and politically, and bring any matters of serious concern to their attention directly.

Working with Evergood Associates offers you a number of benefits including:

  • Your own dedicated specialist consultant
  • Access to the widest variety of social work jobs across local authorities and private organisations throughout the UK
  • Reliable Payroll run on a weekly basis
  • Free DBS and compliance service
  • £150 recommend a friend scheme

If you would like to find out more, apply for this position or enquire about similar roles please call Mark Thompson on 01992 513 777 ext 3 or send your CV and contact details to Mark.Thompson@evergoodassociates.co.uk