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Forensic Social Worker




North London Clinic, 15 Church Street, Edmonton, London, N9 9DY

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


up to 42,000, depending on experience



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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.

Providing quality, inspiring innovation and  delivering value is what we set out to achieve at Priory Healthcare. Enabling our patients with mental health difficulties to receive a truly integrated and holistic approach to their treatment, regardless of complexity or severity, thanks to the knowledge and expertise of our multidisciplinary clinical teams.

The North London Clinic provides a full care pathway from medium secure, low secure to a locked rehabilitation wing. The full multidisciplinary team works with men who have a diagnosis of mental disorder and associated challenging behaviour.

Manages and directs the Forensic Social Work Team and all social care aspects pertaining to patient care within a Priory Hospital. Ensures compliance with statutory regulations and current legislation, meets quality standards and delivers against key performance indicators

To contribute to the provision of multi-disciplinary pre-admission assessments of patients, with key responsibility for obtaining and verifying information regarding a patient’s family, victim issues and any other third party information.

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

To research, by obtaining and analysing previous Reports, conducting collateral interviews with the patient, family members, victims and community professionals; 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.

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

To ensure accurate and up-to-date internal and statutory records that may be required as evidence in formal proceedings are maintained and kept up to date at all times. To manage all statutory requirements through audit control as per HCC requirements.

To line manage and supervise all social workers within the Social Work Department and ensure all social workers work within the philosophy of social work core values as per General Social Care Council.

Act as the main contact between relatives, agencies and other official organisations taking the lead in negotiations and communications regarding patients, co-ordinating multi agency liaison regarding child protection issues, 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 patients when required.

Knowledge & Skills:

A degree level social work qualification CSS or CQSW/DIPSW/ASW and GSCC (RSW) registration, together with detailed knowledge and comprehensive understanding of relevant legislation. Role holders will accept responsibility for their continuing professional development in line with the requirements of registration with the GSCC. Must be able to provide evidence of multi disciplinary working projects, to meet the needs of the organisation and enhancing patient care.

The role holder must manage the conflicting interests and different expectations of patients, their relatives, carers and other key stakeholders whilst ensuring issues of risk are addressed. This must be achieved by identifying priority tasks and applying adaptive thinking to time management.

A broad range of well developed communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills are essential, as the role holder has to manage highly complex and sensitive situations whilst retaining the confidence of patients, their families or carers, the MDT and external agencies. A necessity to directly address the nature of offending with the patients, their family and any victims for the provision of informed risk management at a unit and multi-agency level. Report writing skills are important as documentary evidence which is open to challenge will be submitted alongside verbal evidence in Mental Health Review Tribunals, Hospital Managers Hearings, CPA meetings and other official forums. Role holders are expected to represent the Social Work Department in Unit wide forums, influencing the continuing development of the Unit and contributing to procedural development.

Operating within a secure establishment where the work requires emotional resilience and experience in dealing with the demands of both mentally ill and personality disordered patients.

A full driving licence is essential. IT literacy is also needed to enable the role holder to perform their function effectively.











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About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services to adults and young people, Priory Group promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes, education facilities and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.


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. Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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