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Forensic Social Worker




Kent House - Kent House hospital and school,Crockenhill Road,St Mary Cray,Orpington, Kent BR5 4EP

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time




37.5 hrs p/wk

Job Advert - Division Information

Ready for the recognition and rewards you deserve?

We don’t just talk about putting employees first. We know that Priory wouldn’t exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort.  So we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone on our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.

Job Advert Location Description

Kent House is a 17-bedded Tier 4 low secure hospital for young people aged 12 – 18 years with mental health, behavioural or psychological difficulties, and an OFSTED-registered school which supports the young people with educational attainment.

The service is set in a rural environment with close links and transport to the local community and amenities.

We provide care for the young people admitted to Kent House Hospital in the least restrictive way and we adhere to the values and principles of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). We are members of the Quality Network for Inpatient Camhs to measure and improve the quality of our care and treatment.

Job Advert Role Description

Main Purpose of the Role

  • To co-ordinate, negotiate and manage the mandatory processes and procedures to ensure the unit’s compliance with current legislation and statutory regulation.
  • Use skills, knowledge and understanding of practice in the specialist area of forensic social work to provide a Social Work Service to young persons within the secure environment. 
  • HCPC qualification.

1. To contribute to the provision of multi-disciplinary pre-admission assessments of young people referred with key responsibility for obtaining and verifying information regarding a young persons family, victim issues and any other third party information.

2. To identify and contribute to the assessment and management of risk, whilst balancing the need for public protection.

3. To obtain and analyse previous Reports and conduct collateral interviews with the young person, family members, victims and community professionals in order to compile statutory reports and other associated documentation under current legislation and present these at case conference meetings, s117 after-care planning meetings, Mental Health Review Tribunals and Hospital Managers Hearings, as the detaining authority, offering verbal evidence in support of their contents. 

4. To offer a Social Work perspective to work with young people and the multi disciplinary team highlighting and challenging discriminatory structures and practices where identified.

5. To maintain accurate and up-to-date internal and statutory records that may be required as evidence in formal proceedings.

6. Act as the main contact between relatives, agencies and other official organisations taking a lead in negotiations and communications regarding service users, co-ordinating multi agency liaison regarding child protection issues, including managing the Child Protection Procedure; together with risk issues within the Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA), the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA), and victim contact (Domestic Violence, Crime & Victims Act, 2004). To act as Appropriate Adult (under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act) for young people when required.

What we’d like to give you:

  • A competitive salary
  • Enhanced disclosure cost coverage
  • Comprehensive induction and commitment to ongoing training
  • Enhanced Maternity pay inline with NHS.
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Birthday Holiday  - Your Birthday as an extra days annual leave
  • Online benefits and cashback rewards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Just Drive scheme
  • SMART Childcare Vouchers
  • SMART Pension option

Division DBS info

About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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