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Forensic Social Worker - Mental Health

Bridgend County Borough Council

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Forensic Social Worker - Mental Health
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37 Hours per week



We are looking for two experienced and committed Social Work Practitioners to join our regional forensic social work team at Caswell Clinic. This is an exciting and rare opportunity to work within our Forensic service, focussing on individual outcomes for individuals with a range of complex needs. You will be required to work to social work standards specific to secure services and manage your performance within the legal framework of this area of mental health practice.



You will work with an established multi agency clinical team across the health boards and local authorities in South Wales. Work will include supporting vulnerable individuals in an inpatient setting and in the community. You will be part of the social work team in Caswell Clinic which allows areas of specific interest to be developed and you will have access to specialist training as well as opportunities to deliver training to a wider cohort.



You will hold a complex caseload of individuals who may present with complex trauma, attachment disorder, severe distress, emotional disregulation and who may challenge care givers. You will be a resilient and boundaried individual, able to work in a challenging environment. You will need to have effective communication skills, both verbally and in writing representing the needs of the patients with integrity and sensitivity to the needs of the service.



The successful candidate will have a relevant qualification in Social Work and significant post qualification in mental health practice.



The ability to greet customers through the medium of Welsh is a requirement for this post.



Protecting children, young people or adults at risk is a core responsibility of all council employees.



Criminal records check by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) is a requirement for this post.



A valid driving licence is requirement for this post.



To discuss this position, please contact Susan Brown – Acting Manager on 01656 753059 or e mail susan.brown@bridgend.gov.uk



Closing Date: 28 February 2024



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  • Most people are paid a living wage

    Do Bridgend County Borough Council pay a living wage?

    Most people are paid a living wage.

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    The current rates are £12.00 per hour, and £13.15 per hour in London.

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  • Only some people are paid market rates

    Do Bridgend County Borough Council pay market rates?

    Only some people are paid above average for their job.

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    44% of people report that they don’t get to take proper breaks.

    Based on data from 18 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and January 2024.

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    84% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole.

    Based on data from 19 people who took the Breakroom Quiz between April 2022 and April 2024.

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What Bridgend County Borough Council employees say about their job

  • Best thing

    Making a difference to the lives of young people

    Worst thing

    Pay, unsociable hours, risks associated with behaviours

    6.4

    Bridgend County Borough Council Residential support worker, October 2023

  • Best thing

    The clients we care for, the team of ladies i work with

    Worst thing

    Too many to mention.

    3.4

    Bridgend County Borough Council Employee, February 2021

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