Working for us: Adult Social Services

All our teams are dedicated to providing the best for the people of the Borough and we do this using our Strength Based Approach. Here’s what some of them do:

Albion Mill

Albion Mill is a fantastic new housing with care scheme in Blackburn. It offers independent living, a community atmosphere and opportunities to lead a fuller life. It is available to adults in the Blackburn with Darwen area, who have an assessed need for care or support. There are one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments built to a high standard, available to rent and suitable for couples or individuals. An assured tenancy offers people secure living in their own self-contained apartment with privacy and independence. Trained and dedicated staff are available onsite to give people the support they need, when they need it.

Community Mental Health Team (CMHT)

The Community Mental Health Team works with adults of all ages who experience issues with their mental health.  These tend to be of a severe and enduring nature and might include people with schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, chronic depression, anxiety or personality disorders. 

Social workers and their health colleagues provide a care co-ordinator role, alongside statutory social care functions around assessment, care planning and review.  Social workers also provide responses to our statutory responsibilities under the mental health act. 

The CMHT is divided into several smaller teams, each dealing with specific needs. There is close co-operation with health colleagues, including community psychiatric nurses and psychiatrists. 

Many of our CMHT have the additional qualifications of Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) or Best Interests Assessor (BIA). We expect that social workers within this team will go on to train as AMHPs.

Safeguarding Adults Team

We have a specialist Safeguarding Adults team in the department. Key areas of concern are:

  • Physical, financial and sexual abuse
  • Neglect
  • modern slavery
  • female genital mutilation
  • forced marriage
  • the exploitation of vulnerable people

Safeguarding adults is everyone’s business. We provide multi-agency training as part of the Local Safeguarding Adults Board training programme.
Our social workers liaise closely with colleagues in adult services and partner agencies. The team have links to other safeguarding initiatives such as the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), the domestic abuse complex case hub and Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM).