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Priory Hospital Cheadle Royal, 100 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, SK8 3DG

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time





Job Advert Role Description

We are currently looking for a qualified social worker to join our small safeguarding and social work team, whereby you will work with both young people and adults service users in our 13 ward hospital. You will be assigned a specific number of wards, whereby you will review and respond to all safeguarding concerns raised. You will also take a lead on one of our CAMHS units offering social work support to the patients, and well as a valuable social care perspective to the MDT. The role is a mix of being office based and meeting with service users and staff in-person.


Key duties will include:

-Receive, record, advise on and oversee actions relating to safeguarding referrals raised by and about patients from assigned wards 

-Complete Level 4 safeguarding training to become site Deputy Safeguarding Lead

-Undertake section 42 adult safeguarding enquiries on behalf of the local authority

-Complete external referrals to the local authority, police and other relevant agencies

-Support wards in accurate reporting to relevant bodies, such as the Care Quality Commission and Local Authority

-Attendance at ward rounds for allocated CAMHS wards, CPA reviews and MDT meetings as required. Bring a holistic social work perspective to a varied MDT, promoting anti-oppressive and challenging restrictive practice

-Take a lead on complex discharges, liaising with external services to ensure relevant community support is in place

-To work alongside service users to support discharge in terms of planning, aftercare and community support, and champion views of the service user within professional decision making

-Collaborate and act as main contact between relatives, agencies, and other official organisations

-Act as point of contact for looked-after children, and hospital representative at local authority meetings

-Assist and support colleagues and relatives in understanding and interpreting changes in Priory safeguarding policy and relevant external legislation

-Support with site safeguarding induction for new starters

-Commit to continuing professional development


Role requirements


-Qualified social worker, with current registration with Social Work England

-Sound knowledge of relevant legislation and policy, including the Children Act, the Mental Health Act, the Mental Capacity Act, the Care Act

-Experience at, and confidence in, a variety of complex safeguarding concerns including demonstrable knowledge of relevant safeguarding legislation

-Interest to work in both CAMHS/adult safeguarding and social work in an inpatient setting



-Experience working as a qualified practitioner within a relevant mental health setting

-Proficiency in Microsoft office  

Due to limits on sponsorship allocations, we are not currently in a position to offer sponsorship to new candidates for these roles, this remains under review.

Division DBS info

About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services, Priory 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 and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.

Priory maintains that vaccination remains our very best line of defence against COVID-19 and believes that our colleagues working with vulnerable individuals have a professional duty to be vaccinated.  As part of our wider infection control efforts, and to meet our commissioner and customer requirements, we continue to record vaccination status for all colleagues and we therefore request that you disclose this information as part of your application. Your vaccination status will not affect any offer of employment and will be held in line with GDPR requirements.  We thank you for your understanding. 


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 will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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