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Senior Social Worker (Best Interests Assessor)

Social Care

Family Work

Manchester City Council

Reference: MCC255DHJW/16
Directorate: Childrens and Families
Salary: Grade 8 £32,164 to £36,019 (bar at £35,093) per annum
Contract Type: Permanent, Full Time
Location: Longsight District Office, 523 Stockport Road, Longsight, Manchester M12 4LL

We are looking for a Lead Best Interest Assessor /Senior Social Worker for the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) Team. This is a responsible role undertaking one of Manchester's major statutory duties.

The Lead BIA will supervise a team of Best Interests Assessors and will be responsible for ensuring that the Council fulfils its responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The Lead BIA will also ensure that sufficient independent Best Interest assessors are commissioned to meet the level of demand for assessments and authorisations.

The post holder will support the local teams in delivering assessments for Deprivation of Liberty in Domestic settings

The Lead BIA will help to resolve complex queries and undertake liaison with partners such as the Coroner’s Office and Legal Services and will work closely with legal colleagues in preparation of cases for the Court of Protection.

The post holder will also promote understanding of DoLS and DoLS in Domestic Settings (DiDS) among managing authority’s i.e. hospital, nursing home, residential care, social work staff, IMCA’s and Independent Best Interest Assessors.

The person appointed will be a qualified Best Interest Assessor with experience of undertaking DoLS assessments, providing advice and support to colleagues, working with a legal team and will deputise for the Team Manager which may require presenting cases to the Court of Protection (CoP).

The Lead BIA will report to the DoLS Team Manager

For a discussion, please contact Annie Greer, DoLS Team Manager on 0161 219 2199.

Manchester City Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

We are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, younger learners and vulnerable adults and we expect all staff and volunteers to share the same commitment. The above post will be subject to enhanced DBS checks, satisfactory references and will be exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

This post is subject to BPSS checks.  You will therefore be required to consent to and comply with BPSS checking requirements prior to commencing in this post which includes applying for a Basic Disclosure check.

Successful candidates will be required to undertake a Greater Manchester Police Vetting process.

Senior Social Worker (BIA) Role Profile.pdf
About Manchester.pdf


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full time

working hours

11 59 pm

20th Jan 2017

application deadline