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AMHP Social Worker

Location: ESSEX, SOUTH EAST ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM Salary: 39,168-42,254 GBP (UK Pounds) Per annum, inc Benefits, Salary Negotiable
Sector: Care Job Type: Permanent
Shift Type: N/A Applications: N/A
Posted: 7 months ago Reference: X3-355895

AMHP Qualified Senior Practitioner 

Essex County Council are seeking a qualified AMHP to join their team of Senior Practitioners based at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, where you will receive an AMHP allowance of up to £2,400 and free parking onsite.

This role is "Out of Hours" and requires staff to work on a shift pattern which includes evenings, nights, weekends, bank holidays including Christmas and New Year and all public holidays, in recognition of this you will receive in addition to the basic salary a 15% supplement for the unsocial hours.


Job Purpose

The Emergency Duty Service responds to statutory emergencies outside of office hours and deals with any Social Care situations raised about children and vulnerable adults which cannot be safely left until the following working day. Our task is to assess people’s needs for social intervention through a process of screening, assessment and response. Where necessary the Emergency Duty Service will act under the supervision of the Duty Manager to keep service users safe, as well as satisfying the statutory requirements in the relevant legislation.  


Key Accountabilities 

  • Receiving and evaluating referrals and ensuring an appropriate professional response consistent with the Emergency Duty Service Model. 
  • Undertaking assessments under the Mental Health Act. 
  • Undertaking risk assessments for children and young people, with reference to Section 47 of the Children Act. 
  • Giving advice and support to all service users as appropriate. 
  • Attending Team and other Directorate meetings arranged and where essential, attending court proceedings, case conference and Mental Health Tribunals


Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Social Work Degree or equivalent and registered with Social Work England.  
  • Qualified as an Approved Mental Health Professional under the 1983 Mental Health Act. 
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as an AMHP or within Children’s front line Social Care.  
  • To have experience of direct work with children and families. Experience of child protection investigation work will be an advantage. 
  • Experience and knowledge of work with vulnerable adults. 
  • Knowledge of current Community Care practice and multi-agency systems of Assessment and Care Management for Older People and vulnerable adults

A valid UK driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit:

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link:

Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits


Would you consider joining us? I’m free to talk every week day from 8am onwards and happy to take evening calls too if it’s easier. And if we’re very lucky, perhaps you might tell your friends too – don’t forget we offer £250 per successful referral.

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