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Senior Social Worker




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

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Fixed Term - Full Time


up to £40,000 DOE



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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, including ASD, 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

We are currently looking for a qualified Senior Social worker to join our Therapies team, using their skills, knowledge and understanding of practice to provide a Social Work Service to patients within the secure environment. This is a fixed term contract for maternity cover. 

As a Senior Social Worker, you will be a member of the multi-disciplinary team to develop and deliver care, ensuring the patients receive a holistic standard of care. You will offering a Social Work perspective to work with patients and the multi-disciplinary team, highlighting and challenging discriminatory structures and practices where identified.

Other responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Identify any social issues which a patient may be experiencing and ensure these are addressed within risk assessments and care plans and make sure the patient is supported.
  • Create links between the care team on the ward and the patient’s community team, ensuring that early discharge planning is arranged and community teams are fully up to date and aware of the care pathway of the patients.
  • Develop links between different agencies within a patient’s local community, for example Care Co-ordinators, Children’s Services, families/carers and future possible placements.
  • Take a proactive approach in supporting the ward within the hospital with monitoring any safeguarding concerns amongst the patient group on the ward, ensuring the safety of patients at all times.
  • Complete investigations into incidents in the hospital and feedback this to the Senior Management Team.
  • Investigate complaints made by patients in the hospital as required by the Complaints and Compliance Administrator.
  • Support carers and family members of patients, signposting them towards appropriate links within their local community to ensure they receive the appropriate support.
  • As the senior member of the department, you will actively engage within the Clinical Governance of the hospital, attending meetings, providing feedback to the Hospital Director and working towards the agreed goals and objectives of the hospital.
  • Acting as the main contact between relatives, agencies and other official organizations taking a lead in negotiations and communications regarding patients, coordinating multi agency liaison.
  • Looks at potential safeguarding risks around young people’s contacts, including placing management measures around this such as supervision by staff.
  • You will look at the potential risks around home leave, this includes environmental and emotional.

Experience and qualifications required:

  • Degree level Social Work qualification BSc or MA
  • Registration with Social work England
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of current legislation
  • 2 years’ experience within a similar setting (forensic, criminal justice or mental health, children’s Services) including completion of ASYE.



Our benefits:

•  25 days annual leave pro rata (excluding bank holidays)

•  A Group Personal Pension Plan (GPPP)

•  Employee Assistance Programme

•  Free meals and parking on site whilst on duty      

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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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