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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Officer

Job Introduction

We have an exciting opportunity that has arisen within The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS) Team

The team’s Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards responsibilities are centred around ensuring that vulnerable adults, who lack capacity to consent but need to be accommodated under care and treatment regimes that may have the effect of depriving them of their liberty, have their best interests protected in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act 2005 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Code of Practice.

Main Responsibility

You will:

  • Play a key role in the processing of DOLS referrals, ensuring statutory timescales are met and are line with DOLS Code of Practice.
  • Communicate with providers, assessors and members of the public.

This role will suit someone who is a strong team player and who wants to provide an excellent service for Staffordshire’s service users.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have:

  • Experience of working in an administrative function and using a computer-based information system and Microsoft Office packages.
  • Experience of working with internal & external customers to provide a high quality service.
  • Attention to detail is key and you will have the ability to be able to pick up new systems or processes quickly in this fast-paced role.
  • Previous knowledge of DoLS would be an advantage but not essential as training and support will be provided.

For more information about the role please contact: Carol Hames on 01785 895674.

This position is subject to a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) which will require you to disclose details of all unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.

(Applications are also invited from anyone looking for part time hours)

About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to Our rewards and benefits - Careers at Staffordshire

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Gold Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.


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