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Senior Practitioner EDT

Social Care


Oldham Council

Communities & Society

Safeguarding & Vulnerable Children and Adults

Senior Practitioner (Profile E) Emergency Duty Team

Ref: G9/OL-26360

Contract Type: Permanent

Salary: £38,052 - £41,846 pro rota plus 20%

Hours: 36.66 per week

Based: Marjorie Lees Unit, Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Road, Oldham, OL1 2JH

Closing date: 29 March 2019, 12 noon 

Shortlisting & Interview Dates: TBA


Role overview


The Oldham Emergency Duty Team (EDT) requires a Senior Practitioner to join their current Social Work staff in delivering support and assessment to vulnerable children and adults outside of normal working hours.


The EDT covers the work of the children's, adults and mental health divisions of Oldham social services, responding to all emergency out-of-hours social work referrals during evenings, overnight, weekends and public holidays, where emergency intervention from the Local Authority is required to safeguard vulnerable children and adults.


This role will involve time limited work with service users in their own homes and communities, multi-agency work with other professionals and office based assessment, support, triage and administrative duties.


You must be passionate about safeguarding children and adults, confident in working with colleagues from all agencies to ensure effective service delivery, and promote co-ordinated integrated working for the best outcomes.


Key responsibilities

  • To develop a local knowledge and understanding of resources which are available to meet the needs of service users, and signpost services users to appropriate service if appropriate.
  • To contribute to the review and evaluation of cases, through observations, assessment and monitoring, ensuring actions are followed up.
  • To undertake investigations and assessments of vulnerable children and adults, including assessments under the Mental Health Act.
  • To ensure files and records are accurately maintained, in accordance with Council policies and procedures.  Information should be appropriately shared with other professionals.
  • To ensure accurate information is recorded on social care IT system and passed to appropriate day time services.
  • To provide written and verbal contributions to other agencies and professionals
  • On occasions you may be asked to convey families to a place of safety and/or children to foster placements. There may be occasions when you will need to assist adults to move to care establishments.
  • To provide supervised contact between children and families in emergency situations, this may include supervising with in a hospital setting.
  • To work out of office day time hours, including weekend work. Occasional work in normal working hours may be required when working in partnership with other agencies.

Key Requirements


To succeed in this role you will need as a minimum:

  • Experience of direct work with children, adults & families and an ability to quickly build rapport to enable positive outcomes overcoming any barriers
  • A post qualifying qualification to be an Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP)
  • The ability to work cooperatively with other agencies
  • To work well under pressure and manage crisis situations
  • To have good ICT and record keeping skills
  • An understanding of good practice, legislation, issues and local/national initiatives for child and adult safeguarding
  • The ability to work out of normal working hours and have access to your own transport

 Job Description and Person Specification.docx

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working hours

full time

application deadline

12 00 pm

29th Mar 2019

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