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Principal Social Worker

Job Description

Principal Social Worker

Service care Solution are currently recruiting for a Principal Social Worker for the Emergency Duty and Assessment team in Northampton.

As a Principal Social Worker, you will take the lead in child protection investigations, adult safeguarding investigations and will undertake Mental Health Act assessments as Approved Mental Health Professionals, ensuring that services are delivered within the legislative and statutory planning frameworks.

Main Responsibilities

As a Principal Social Worker, you will be responsible for:

  • Assessing the needs of children and their families against the Departments agreed threshold criteria and in accordance with National Guidance with set timescales
  • The creation and implementation of culturally appropriate care plans that demonstrate flexibility and innovative use of resources
  • Will fulfil the statutory requirements of the Department until the next working day.
  • Provide guidance and support to sessional and unqualified staff
  • Provide an emergency statutory social work duty service out-of-hours with minimal supervision.
  • You will be supported by an on-call Service Manager on each shift, and you will have regular formal and informal supervision by the team manager


  • AMHP and a minimum of three years post qualifying children protection experience.
  • You must be a qualified Social Worker, Registered with Social Work England.
  • Enhanced DBS

Working with Service Care Solutions comes with many benefits, including:

  • 2 Day Induction Programme
  • Flexible and family working arrangements including enhanced maternity benefits
  • Local government Pension Scheme
  • Heavily subsidised town centre car parking scheme
  • Employee Discount Scheme

If you are interested in the Principal Social Worker role, or know of anyone who may be, please contact Emma at Service Care Solutions on 01772 208964 or email

Service Care Solutions also offers a £350 referral bonus! So if you know of anyone who would be perfect for this position and they are placed into work, you will receive £250 for the referral once their probationary period has been completed!