Social Worker - Drug & Alcohol Team

Location Caerphilly, Caerphilly County Borough, Wales
Job type Contract
Salary £28 per hour
Contact Kelly Page
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Reference 157683

Sanctuary Personnel, an award-winning and renowned Recruitment Agency is looking for an experienced and dedicated Social Worker to work full-time based in Caerphilly, within the Drug & Alcohol Team.

The pay rate for this locum Social Worker job is £28 per hour (Assignment rate) and is an initial1-month contract.

This work involves intensive contact with service users at home and in the community.


  • Deliver a Social Work service to individuals with complex needs, experiencing drug and/or alcohol issues
  • Work within the remit set out within the Substance Misuse Strategy for Wales ‘Working Together to Reduce Harm 2008 – 2018’ and the Social Services and Wellbeing Act, with adults in need of support, in order to prevent harm, improve health and maintain recovery
  • Ensure social work is provided within the policies and procedures of the Directorate
  • Ensure that the quality of social work practice meets the National Occupational Standards and Codes of Practice for social work
  • Ensure that safeguarding concerns are investigated or communicated to the relevant person for action to be taken
  • Assess and manage risks in relation to individuals, families, carers groups and communities
  • Support individuals to represent their needs, views and circumstances
  • Manage complex ethical issues, dilemmas and conflicts
  • Contribute to the management of resources and services
  • Work within multi-disciplinary and multi-organisational teams, networks and systems
  • Ensure that interventions with service users and carers are managed in a confidential context
  • Prepare for and work with individuals, families, carers groups and communities to assess their needs
  • Bring concerns in relation to the quality of social work practice, assessments and care plans to the Team Manager
  • Ensure breaches of contract / concerns about the quality of service provision are brought to the attention of Contracting and Quality Assurance for action
  • Ensure that the service is delivered within the equality commitment of Caerphilly County Borough Council and is anti-discriminatory and addresses the language and communication preferences of service users and carers
  • Monitor the effectiveness of care plans in terms of user carer satisfaction and review all aspects of the Service Users’ Care Plans and outcomes
  • Identify unmet needs and bring this to the attention of managers in order to inform the planning and commissioning process
  • Maintain effective communication with all relevant stakeholders significantly users and carers to ensure that a continuum of care is created and maintained
  • Participate in regular supervision and appraisal
  • Develop practice standards within a Performance Framework
  • Attend departmental meetings as required
  • Liaise with other departments and agencies
  • Maintain accurate, accessible, comprehensive and easily understood casework recordings
  • Attend relevant training to improve own knowledge and skills
  • Offer advice to students within the team
  • Work within the policies and procedures of the Council including recognising the duty to protect vulnerable adults, children and young people

Requirements of the Social Worker:

  • Degree or equivalent in social work
  • Current Social Work Wales registration or equivalent regulators in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland
  • Significant senior level frontline experience within Adults’ Services
  • Able to demonstrate the ability to work with a high level of autonomy
  • Willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check/any other checks as required
  • Understands and demonstrates the principles of confidentiality
  • Understands and demonstrates commitment to the Council's policies
  • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing personal development
  • Successful completion of the Consolidation of Practice Programme within the first three years of practice (if qualified after 1 April 2016)
  • An understanding of the strategy documents pertaining to substance misuse e.g.
  • Knowledge of the safeguarding responsibilities for social workers in working with vulnerable adults and children
  • Knowledge of the Continuing Health Care framework
  • Knowledge of assessment and care planning processes for working with vulnerable adults and children and their carers
  • Knowledge of IT systems, databases and programs
  • Understanding of the complex ethical issues, dilemmas and conflicts pertinent to working with people whose lives are affected by drug and/or alcohol
  • Ability to undertake assessments with people experiencing substance misuse issues
  • Ability to assess and devise care plans in a creative manner
  • Ability to use IT databases e.g. Microsoft Outlook
  • Time management skills and ability to prioritise work
  • Ability to work in partnership with others
  • Effective communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Good team worker
  • Welsh language skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work with people and support them with their drug and alcohol issues
  • Ability to prioritise activities and deadlines
  • Ability to work on own initiative and make safe and effective decisions
  • Able to contribute effectively to team development
  • Able to demonstrate compliance with policies and procedures and statutory regulations including Code of Practice and National Occupational Standards for Social Workers
  • Experience of effective assessment and care planning
  • Experience of working with people who have issues around substance misuse
  • Experience of working with parents who misuse substances
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary Team and inter-agency working
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluating service delivery
  • Commitment and enthusiasm towards achieving positive outcomes for service users and Carers
  • A commitment to Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL)
  • Full UK Category B (Cars) driving licence and the use of a motor vehicle insured for business / work purposes to travel throughout the borough to visit clients and attend meetings

Benefits of working for Sanctuary Personnel:

  • Daily payroll
  • Free DBS and compliance service
  • Access to exclusive roles that aren't available with other agencies
  • Your own dedicated consultant with extensive social work knowledge
  • Refer a Friend bonus - get £250 for each social worker you refer who we successfully place after 100 hours of work has been completed
  • Find your own job bonus - Receive £250 for bringing your own position to us
  • Clinical governance support with a specialist safeguarding team
  • In-house payroll system
  • Free digital copy of the Social Work News Magazine


This Social Worker job is advertised by Kelly Page; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.