Safeguarding Adults Practitioner

£38,984 - £40,881 yearly
  • Buckinghamshire Council
  • Aylesbury, UK
  • 06 Oct, 2020
Full time Public Sector and Government Social Work

Job Description


We’re looking for a knowledgeable and diligent Safeguarding Adults Practitioner to take a lead role in safeguarding adults in the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

The MASH is a dynamic multi-agency environment in which the Safeguarding Adults team is based. Operating from Aylesbury Police Station, the space is shared with police, children’s safeguarding, education and substance misuse professionals. The Safeguarding Adults team handles concerns from the community and professionals, and aims to support vulnerable individuals by undertaking s.42 safeguarding enquiries in order to prevent/reduce/remove risk of harm. The team work together as a supportive network and no decision is made in isolation. There is a wealth of knowledgeable professionals to provide guidance and assistance.

We are a friendly and supportive team who all share a desire to achieve great results for our service users. If this appeals to you, we’d love to hear from you!


About us

Our vision is simple. To make a real difference to the people and communities we serve. Now, and for the future. This means safeguarding the vulnerable, creating opportunities, building self-reliance and keeping Buckinghamshire thriving and attractive. All whilst ensuring that we’re delivering value for money.

Our local communities are at the heart of everything we do and they really rely on the work we do. Whether it’s new roads being built, helping parents get their children a school place or providing essential support to vulnerable children or elderly residents, what we do touches the lives of everyone in Buckinghamshire.

In April 2020 Buckinghamshire Council became the UK’s newest council and the residents of Buckinghamshire will be served by a single, unitary council. Buckinghamshire is an ambitious, rapidly growing county, and our economy is one of the strongest in the country. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and ranks as one of the top rural areas to live in the UK and yet it is incredibly well connected– only an hour from London on the train. The county has a rich history and heritage and is the birthplace of the international Paralympic movement.

We are looking for motivated, ambitious and inspiring people to join us on our journey. Not only will you be an integral part of the unique and exciting transition through the unitary process, you will also be entitled to a range of different benefits to make sure you are happy both at work and at home.

About the role

The purpose of your role as a Safeguarding Adults Practitioner is to provide coordination and take a lead role in safeguarding adults in the MASH team.

You will report directly to the Safeguarding Adult Business Manager and be happy and flexible to work across a large county to provide safeguarding support to all adults in all settings. You will have the skills and competencies to work in collaboration with key agencies whilst maintaining a person-centred approach.

Please see the attached job summary for more information on the core responsibilities.

About you

About you

We are looking for candidates who are passionate, supportive, motivated and professional in their conduct. We’d love to hear from you if you also have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Registered with HCPC/Social Work England, as preferably a Qualified Social Worker
  • Proven ability to carry out complex client risk assessments
  • Investigation and risk management skills
  • Substantial relevant experience of working in the service area / related professional field
  • Extensive knowledge and expertise in safeguarding adults law and an in-depth understanding of national developments in adult safeguarding practice
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary and partnership working and awareness of the issues involved
  • Proven ability to work with challenging client groups and situations
  • Sound knowledge of person-centred safeguarding and positive risk taking.

Please see the attached job summary for more information.

Other information

Other information

Access to / use of a vehicle is an essential requirement.

Due to the sensitive nature of the duties, the post holder will be expected to undertake an enhanced DBS check and to pass the Police Vetting Check as part of the recruitment process.

A comprehensive induction takes place over a number of weeks and includes shadowing, e-learning, training courses, meeting with other relevant health professionals and visiting services.

We pride ourselves on developing our staff and offer fantastic training opportunities including PEPs, BIA, development into specialist roles, DoLS and MCA, AT, presentation skills and much more!

Our values

We pride ourselves on our core values of being Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.  We work together to deliver the very best outcomes, with both our residents and employees being at the heart of what we do.

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:

  • A fair and inclusive culture
  • The chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • Health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • A unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • Ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • Opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events.

About the Business Unit

The Safeguarding Adults team coordinates enquiries through collaboration with other professionals and organisations. The service user remains at the heart of our work, using a strengths-based approach and following the principles of safeguarding.

The majority of Buckinghamshire residents will have contact with our services at some point in their lives. Whether it’s for information and advice, access to a dedicated service or through the work of our trading standards or environmental health teams, we aim to deliver to the highest standard possible.

This is a very exciting time to join our Adult Services and Health directorate, as we join together adult social care, public health and regulatory services for the first time in Council history. Our Better Lives Strategy sets out our ambition to enable people to live independently for longer and reduce dependency on services - something we are keen to focus on over the next year. This new directorate gives us the opportunity to develop an integrated approach to services that will better support our residents. After all, our residents are at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people.

We actively encourage a good work-life balance and offer a generous annual leave entitlement up to 30 days/year, as well as promoting flexible and agile working arrangements. We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme with an employer contribution of 26%.

We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more.

Qualified Social Workers are also entitled to a ‘Golden Hello’ - lump sum payment of  £2,000, paid upon successful completion of probation.