This role is offered on a fixed term basis for 12 months and is for up to 35 hours per week (consideration would be given to a job share)
The main focus of the Practice Supervisor role is working alongside the Team Leader/Practice Educator to run and manage the advocacy team and supervise and support social work students who come on placement and who carry out the majority of the day to day advocacy work with individual service users.
The team provides an independent advocacy service to Disabled People in relation to a wide range of advocacy requests from housing, benefits, debt and finance to complaints and discrimination issues. We also have a student unit within the team taking between 15 and 24 students per academic year. We take social work students currently from three local universities who come on either 70 or 100 day placements within the team who carry small advocacy caseloads.
- Strong abilities and background in relation to both management and supervision, and regarding supporting individuals in dealing with a wide range of complaints and issues.
- Ability to support and empower individuals in relation to advocacy requests to explore options and achieve realistic and desirable outcomes.
- An ability to provide balanced focused and supportive supervision to students helping them to explore and reflect on their work to encourage growth and development of their social work skills.
- Supporting students in relation to their individual learning needs and access requirements.
- Undertake observations of the students practice provide constructive feedback and complete written report.
- Part of the role comprises a support worker/personal assistant role to the team manager, which involves reading documents, typing and general support in accessing information or items visually.
- Multi-agency working in a number of settings, alongside a range of professionals, service users, students etc.
- Attend and take part in joint progress meetings with students and their tutors (alongside the team manger)
- Undertake personal supervision with students in relation to issues which may affect the placement when required.
- To be willing to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check carried out.
- Understand the importance of risk assessment and safeguarding when working with students, colleagues and service users and adhere to the agencies guidelines in relation to safeguarding.
- To provide admin support including collating information for meetings, filing, note taking, completing forms such as expenses and photocopying.
- Experienced background in area such as housing, teaching or social work, supporting individuals, dealing with complaints and resolving issues.
- Strong supervisory/management skills
- Ability to support and empower individuals to achieve desired outcomes
- Experience and understanding of advocacy
- IT Literate
- Experience and understanding of Personal assistant role
- Experience of working with Disabled People and understanding of choice, control and empowerment
- Basic Admin Skills e.g. form filling, photocopying, note taking
- Ability to debate and critique complex scenarios or arguments
- Experience of multi-agency working in a variety of backgrounds
- Please note that the applicant will be expected to work in the same location as an assistance Dog.