Adults Principal Social Worker

  • Location

    Bracknell Forest, Berkshire

  • Sector:

    Public Sector

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  • Salary:

    Up to £400.00 per day + Umbrella

  • Contact:

    Lauren Bewick

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  • Published:

    8 months ago

  • Duration:

    3 months

  • Expiry date:


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OneTrue are recruiting for a committed Principal Social Worker to work full time within Adult Social Care based in Bracknell Forest. The ideal applicant will have previous experience working in the same or a similar service, be very dedicated, personable and willing to contribute positively to the team and service to ensure the best and most appropriate outcomes are delivered. Applicants must have previous experience working with UK statutory services and hold valid HCPC registration.


The pay rate for this Principal Social Worker role is £400 (Umbrella Company) per day and is an ongoing contract.


Choose OneTrue for the market leading locum package

* Free DBS and compliance service

* Access to roles first increasing chances of selection for interview

* Discounted FCSA Umbrella company rates (£10 per timesheet) available

* Access to a wide selection of social work positions across the UK

* "Placement Continuity Bonus" of £250 per 500 hours worked

* "Referral Bonus" £250 for each referral you make that achieves 100 hours in placement through OneTrue


Requirements of the Principal Social Worker

* Degree or equivalent in social work

* Current HCPC registration

* Experienced Principal Social Worker in Adult Social Care.


Specific Role Information

Job Purpose

* To ensure that the highest standard of social work practice is embedded across the organisation by providing skilled and experienced professional leadership and practice knowledge to social workers, social care practitioners, the organisation and partners

* As a member of the Joint Commissioning Team, contribute to the strategic leadership of services and develop and implement standards to ensure a cohesive and high performing social work workforce which embraces culture change and improved strengths based practice.


Designation of Post and Position within Departmental Structure

The post will be accountable to the Assistant Director: Joint Commissioning. It will be a 4th tier role, however will report directly to the Assistant Director until the development of integrated roles across adults and children's services is complete. It is located within the People Directorate.


Main Duties & Responsibilities

1. To work alongside social workers and other practitioners to identify opportunities to improve social work delivery and to champion excellence in social work practice within the Council.

2. Advise on complex and potentially controversial cases, ensuring statutory responsibilities are discharged effectively

3. Develop effective and representative forums for social workers and other social care practitioners, to hear their feedback on services and to gather information on the improvements or changes needed to improve social care

4. Relate the views and issues relating to social workers to all levels of management

5. Provide independent scrutiny of social work practice and standards

a. QA framework

b. Practice observation

c. Complaints

d. CPD

e. Action Learning Sets

6. Lead practice that recognises the strengths of individuals and our communities, ensuring the person requiring support is at the centre of all decision making. Champion the rights of individuals in the context of professional ethics and strategic decision making, using a legal and human rights framework.

7. Play a key role in developing the practice and the practice methodology that underpins direct work with Adults and Carers.

8. Support social workers, the council and partners to develop assessment practice and decision making skills, and the practice methodology that underpins this.

9. To support the development of transformation & improvement plans and the translation of these into effective and sustainable delivery arrangements. (Research, Best Practice, Social Work voice, the Application of Professional Ethics to strategic decision making)

10. To work pro-actively to embed the necessary changes in culture and practice required (to meet the identified strategic and transformation needs and aspirations of the department) at social work level.

11. To develop professional networks locally, regionally and nationally both to support local practice development and contribute to the development at a regional and national level.

12. To ensure compliance with all Council policies and procedures and Code of Conduct of the staff within the area, and ensure Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) Standards are met including responsibility for the implementation of the Standards for Employers of Social Workers.

13. To develop a positive model of valuing and developing staff, including a system of staff progression and an effective communication strategy which promotes a healthy organisational culture, engagement from staff and high personal commitment and motivation on the part of all staff to achieve the best possible outcomes for customers.

14. To manage the annual central recruitment of Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW's) across all services and oversee the development of a robust Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme for NQSWs.

15. To develop & review training and policy to meet the needs of this service area including the annual Training Needs Analysis.

16. Maintain a current awareness of evidence-based research and developments in children's social care and disseminate this to social workers, practitioners and managers to inform their practice;

17. To manage the framework of performance management and ensure that staff are able to perform to the best of their abilities to achieve business objectives and performance management standards.

18. To ensure that users participate both in individual case planning and service development, that complaints including service shortfall, are dealt with effectively and service delivery improved accordingly.

19. To liaise with Health, Police, Probation and voluntary sector partners at a strategic level in order to promote improved outcomes for children and young people.

20. Such other duties as may be requested from time to time compatible with the nature of the post.

21. It should be noted that the above list of main duties and responsibilities is not necessarily a complete statement of the final duties of the post. It is intended to give an overall view of the position and should be taken as guidance only.


Scope of Job

This is a demanding post requiring extensive experience, operational and managerial skills in order to ensure that the service meets its statutory requirements and that adults are safeguarded.



The Principal Social Worker vacancy is managed by Lauren Bewick; if you are interested in applying for this position, please click below 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.