Social Worker

Company
Wrexham County Borough Council
Date Posted
16th May 2018
Reference
RQ306378
Sector
Health & Social Care
Location
Wrexham
Benefits
Inside IR35
Salary
£20 to £25 Per Hour

 

Job Description

&

Person Specification

 

SOCIAL WORKERS

Levels 2-3

 

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE SERVICE

 

< Family Support and Assessment Teams

< Child Health & Disability

< Family Placement

< Children Looked After

 

 

The Job Purpose, Client Base, Method of Intervention and Statutory Authority are different for each Team and therefore are detailed as follows:

 

Page 2                                               < Family Support and Assessment Teams

Page 3                                               < Child Health & Disability

Page 4                                               < Family Placement

Page 5                                              < Children Looked After

 

 

Pages 6-8                                         Principal Duties & Responsibilities

  • Applies to ALL teams
  • Highlights appropriate Level to each task

 

Pages 9-10                                       Person Specification

  • Applies to ALL teams with Levels marked accordingly
  • Any differences in Knowledge & Experience noted in the column marked “Relevant Team”

 

Successful candidates will be issued with Job Descriptions and Person Specifications relating to the specific posts to which they are appointed

 

 

FAMILY SUPPORT AND ASSESSMENT TEAMS

 

JOB PURPOSE

 

To provide a social work service to children/young people and their families who are in need of, or who are receiving, services from the Local Authority.  To take appropriate action in the provision of Departmental Services, and to ensure all children and young people referred have a plan based on an assessment of need, and that such plans are reviewed and modified as appropriate.

 

 

JOB CONTEXT

 

 

  1. Client Base

 

Children and young people and their families in a given locality who are in need of, or who are receiving, services from the Local Authority.

 

 

2.         Method of Intervention

 

  • Responding to the social work requirements of cases allocated by the Team Manager in terms of assessment, planning and reviews.
  • Engaging in individual direct casework with children, young people and families.
  • Undertaking detailed and thorough needs assessment of referrals
  • Planning and offering a range of interventions and enabling access to services provided by the Department, other agencies and voluntary bodies, to help children, young people and their families overcome disadvantage, problems and difficulties.

 

3.         Statutory Authority

 

Working within and implementing the relevant legislation, i.e. Children Act 1989 Guidance & Regulations, Social Work Guidelines, Children’s Service Plan, and Departmental Policies

 

CHILD HEALTH & DISABILITY TEAM

 

 

JOB PURPOSE

 

To provide and develop a high quality service for children who are ill or disabled and their families, assessing needs and developing appropriate packages of care, in accordance with the Department’s duties under part     III and schedule 2 of the Children Act 1989 & Sections 5 & 6 of the Chronically Sick & Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act 1986.

 

Job context

 

  1. Client Base

 

Children and young people who are ill or disabled and their families.

 

  1. Method of Intervention

 

  • Responding to the social work requirements of cases allocated by the Team Manager in terms of assessment, planning and reviews.
  • Engaging in individual direct casework with children, young people and families.
  • Undertaking detailed and thorough needs assessment of referrals
  • Planning and offering a range of interventions and enabling access to services provided by the Department, other agencies and voluntary bodies, to help children, young people and their families overcome disadvantage, problems and difficulties.

 

  1. Statutory Authority

 

Working within and implementing the relevant legislation in accordance with the Department’s duties under Part III and schedule 2 of the Children Act 1989, Regulations & Guidance for Children’s Homes, and Sections 5 and 6 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation Act 1986.

Working within Social Work Guidelines, Children’s Service Plan, Departmental Policies.

 

FAMILY PLACEMENT TEAM

 

JOB PURPOSE

 

To provide a quality family placement service. To develop new approaches to fostering and to recruit, train, prepare and support foster parents. To help ensure the department complies with the Foster Placement Regulations 1991 the Fostering Services (Wales) Regulations 2003 and associated national minimum standards, to advise service users on relevant aspects of fostering and associated legislation, and promote an awareness of the positive value of fostering.

 

JOB CONTEXT

 

  1. Client Base

 

Children and young people who are looked after by the Local Authority, and their families.

Existing and prospective foster and adoptive parents and providers of approved lodgings.

 

  1. Method of Intervention

 

  • Responding to the placement requirements of cases allocated by the Team Manager in terms of assessment, planning, placement co-ordination, and reviews.
  • Engaging in individual direct casework concerning family placement with children, young people and their natural, foster and/or adoptive families.
  • Undertaking detailed and thorough needs assessment of referrals.
  • Planning and offering appropriate placement opportunities and enabling access to services provided by the Department, other agencies and voluntary bodies, to help children, young people and their families overcome disadvantage, problems and difficulties.
  • Planning and monitoring fostering campaigns and recruiting in sufficient numbers and range to meet need.
  • Developing, supporting and maintaining general, task-centred and professional fostering/lodging schemes.
  • Collating information, monitoring and evaluating the need for, and the usage of such service provision.

 

  1. Statutory Authority

Working within and implementing the relevant legislation, i.e. Children Act 1989 Guidance & Regulations, Social Work Guidelines, Children’s Service Plan, and Departmental Policies

 

 

CHILDREN LOOKED AFTER TEAM

 

 

JOB PURPOSE

 

To provide a social work service to children who are looked after by the Local Authority and their families. To take appropriate action in the provision of Departmental Services. To ensure all children and young people referred have a plan based on an assessment of need, and that such plans are reviewed and modified as appropriate.

 

JOB CONTEXT

 

  1. Client Base

 

Children and young people who are looked-after by the Local Authority- i.e.: those who are accommodated or in the care of the local authority for significant periods of time.

 

  1. Method of Intervention

 

  • Responding to the social work requirements of cases allocated by the Team Manager in terms of assessment, planning and reviews.
  • Engaging in individual direct casework with children, young people and families.
  • Undertaking detailed and thorough needs assessment referrals
  • Planning and offering a range of interventions and enabling access to services provided by the Department, other agencies and voluntary bodies, to help children, young people and their families overcome disadvantage, problems and difficulties.

 

  1. Statutory Authority

 

Working within and implementing the relevant legislation, i.e. Children Act 1989 Guidance & Regulations, Social Work Guidelines, Children’s Service Plan, and Departmental Policies.

 

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

1.         Operational Duties & Responsibilities

 

a)        Direct Work with Children & Families

 

Level 2-3

  • To form, develop and maintain professional relationships with children and young people and their families through direct casework, supervision, shared activity and counselling, in such a way that the child/young person’s family’s needs are met.
  • To provide a service, which meets primary needs, promotes development, and assists behavioural difficulties and vulnerabilities.
  • To advise senior managers as to any concerns in respect of children/young people with particular reference to there being at risk of abuse or harm.
  • To identify, contribute to and suggest ideas for good practice and its development, and to take a lead in a special area of responsibility.

Level 3

  • To establish good practice by example.

 

b)        Observation, Assessment, Planning and Evaluation

 

Level 2-3

  • To provide verbal and written information to aid care planning activities and to provide evidence for assessment of need and care plan approaches.
  • To implement designated actions from care plans.
  • To gather and interpret information on agreed criteria related to the care of a client or implementation of procedures.

Level 3

  • To lead meetings to define care planning activities and to evaluate evidence for assessment of need and care plan approaches.
  • To set up mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating delegated actions from care plans.
  • To derive and interpret information related to the care of a client or implementation of procedures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.         Information/Communication Duties & Responsibilities

 

a)        Liaison with Other Professionals and Agencies

 

Level 2-3

  • To communicate effectively and in the best interests of the client in case conferences, planning meetings, discussions with clients/families, inter-agency personnel, team members and in staff supervision sessions.
  • To work within established protocols.
  • To work within established  protocols, negotiate expectations/roles in liaison with others, e.g. in the key worker role / in multi agency working.
  • To represent the Team as required on behalf of a client - this includes representing individuals and the dept/team in meetings/conference

 

b)  Administration & Record-keeping

 

           Level 2-3

  • To produce clear, precise and understandable records, reports and other documentation within the framework of record-keeping laid down by the Department and Team Management including the preparation and provision of specialist reports as required.

Level 3

  • To ensure that legislation and procedures are adhered to.
  • To monitor and check standards.

 

c)Service Improvement ideas & Implementation of Changes

 

           Level 2-3

  • To contribute ideas on improvements to system and service delivery based on a monitored approach.
  • To update self on professional developments, and continually improve own skills and manage own professional development
Level 3
  • To identify, contribute to and suggest ideas for good practice and its development and to adhere to all policies and procedures of the Team, the Department and the Local Authority, with particular regard to Health & Safety, Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discriminatory Practice.
  • To implement agreed principles of good practice.

 

 

 

 

 

3.         Supervision of People (Level 3 only)

 

  • To provide support and supervision to those individuals and groups of staff as identified by senior management.
  • To review the development of individuals and groups of staff as identified by senior management.

 

4.        Authority & Controls

Level of employee’s autonomy;

 

Level 2
  • Manages a caseload, which may include the more vulnerable clients or those with complex problems and may be expected to accept responsibility for action in relation to the liberty or safety of clients in emergency situations.
  • Undertakes specific areas of work, which arise primarily from organisational needs.
  • Supervises trainees or staff other than social workers.
  • Receives regular supervision and advice.

 

Level 3
  • Expected to accept full responsibility for managing a caseload, which will include the more vulnerable clients or those with particularly complex problems in situations where personal liberty or safety are at risk.
  • Contributes to the development of other social workers and to the development of new forms of work or service.
  • Has access to advice and normal arrangements for professional accountability.

 

  1.      Essential Qualifications & Experience

 

Level 2
  • DipSW/CQSW/CSS

 

Level 3
  • DipSW/CQSW/CSS
  • Minimum of 2 years relevant post-qualifying experience
  • PQ1

 

2 extra increments upon achieving the full PQ.SW

 

 

 

 

L08/ L09 Job ID 1172/292 Score 526/574

WREXHAM COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

 

REGISTERED SOCIAL WORKER/CARE MANAGER (PQSW - LEVEL 4)

 

A Registered Social Worker – PQSW will be expected to carry out the additional duties listed below in addition to a Level 3 Social Worker.  They will also be expected to have the additional knowledge and skills as identified below:-

 

Additional Principal Accountabilities

 

  1. To have full responsibility for caseload which will include the most complex cases which will involve assessment which can lead to loss of liberty and take responsibility for the decisions and their consequences.   This includes assessments as an approved Social Worker under the Mental Health Act.  This will involve detailed analysis and consideration of a wide range of possible alternatives in respect of these complex cases.

 

  1. To participate in any rota which will ensure that these specialist assessments are available e.g. rota for Approved Social Workers.

 

  1. To formally and regularly undertake the coaching, mentoring and assessment of Social Work Students and Registered Social Workers, including Level 3.  This can involve the formal reading of portfolios as part of assessment panels, mentoring an individual during a post-qualifying award in Social Work, the formal assessment of a level 3 Social Worker in a Post-Qualifying Award such as Practice Teaching Award, Mental Health Award and Post-Qualifying Childcare Award.

 

This includes:-

 

  1. Assessing a Social Work Student during their MA in Social Work.
  2. Acting as a reader in a Practice Assessment Panel of Portfolios previously assessed of Social Work Students during their MA in Social Work (i.e. the second and independent check of a formal assessment).
  3. The mentoring and assessment of a newly qualified Social Worker to obtain their PQ1 (which allows Social Workers to progress from Level 2 to Level 3).
  4. Acting as a reader in the Practice Assessment Panel of portfolios.
  5. Acting as an assessor of a level 3 Social Worker (in the employment of Wrexham or other Agency) who is undertaking their Practice Teaching Award.
  6. Acting as a reader in the Practice Assessment Panel for the Practice Teaching Award.
  7. Acting as a teacher/assessor of a Level 3 Social Worker undertaking the Mental Health or Post Qualifying Childcare Award.
  8. Acting as a reader of a Level 3 Social Worker undertaking the Mental Health or Post Qualifying Childcare Award.
  9. Act as a mentor to a Level 3 Social Worker undertaking the PQSW through the portfolio route.

 

To undertake the duties of coaching/mentoring/assessing and reading in respect of the new Post Qualifying Awards in Social Work which will replace the existing Post Qualifying Awards and will be available for candidates to Register from 2009 onwards.

 

Level 4 Social Workers can be transferred to or ask to undertake work within any of the teams within the service

 

Note-  the phrase ASW will be replaced by Approved Mental Health Practitioner  in 2008 in line with legislation

 

 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

 

Registered Social Worker

In addition, must have Post Qualifying Award in Social Work which includes an element to assess Social Workers as recognised by the Care Council for Wales.

Those with the Mental Health Award or the PQCCA Award can progress to this level but the competency bar is obtaining the additional assessment unit/award such as the Practice Teaching Award.

 

It is recognised that the new Mental Health Award and the new Childcare Award may include this assessment unit.

 

These Social Workers are expected to be expert in their field e.g. Mental Health e.g. Childcare to such a degree that they can formally assess the practice not only of Social Work Students but also newly qualified and experienced Social Workers.

 

There expertise will allow them to have full responsibility for their caseload and to deal with the most complex matters.

 

These complex cases will require a range of imaginative solutions or responses which will involve fresh and innovative thinking.

 

Level 4, Job ID 1260, pts, 622, L10

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION  

CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE SERVICE

 

Job Title

Registered Social Worker

Job Evaluation ID

1172/292/1260

Grade

L08/L09/L10

 

LEVELS

 

Essential

Desirable

How Measured

 

EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS AND TRAINING

 

 

 

2,3

Registered Social Worker

  •  

 

F C

 

Knowledge

 

 

 

2,3

Knowledge of Social Services Law, eg: Children Act 1989 + Regulations & Guidance.

  •  

 

F A I R

2,3

Child development and the needs of children/young people in need ant their families

  •  

 

F A I R

 

 

3

Professional Codes of Practice, eg Working Together, etc

  •  

 

F A I R

Social Work processes and models of intervention

  •  

 

F A I R

Local Authority Departmental Guidance; Social Work Guidelines; Service Plan & Departmental Policies

  •  

 

F A I R

 

Practical & Intellectual Skills

 

 

 

 

System Alignment

 

 

 

 

2,3

 

Working with Legislation, Policy & Procedures

  •  

 

F A I R

Working within Agreed Role Boundaries

  •  

 

F A I R

Systematic Approach to Work

  •  

 

F A I R

 

Process Orientation

 

 

 

 

2,3

 

 

Responsive to Others’ Needs

  •  

 

F A I R

Developing Approach to the Support of Children & Families

  •  

 

F A I R

Professional Relationships

  •  

 

F A I R

Team Working

  •  

 

F A I R

 

Operations

 

 

 

 

3

 

Maintaining activities to meet quality requirements

  •  

 

F A I R

Contributing to the improvement of activities/plans

  •  

 

F A I R

Implementing Quality Assurance programmes

  •  

 

F A I R

 

Resources

 

 

 

3

Supporting the efficient management of resources

  •  

 

F A I R

 

People

 

 

 

 

3

Contributing to the development and training of individuals and teams

  •  

 

F A I R

Maintaining effective working relationships

  •  

 

F A I R

 

Information

 

 

 

3

 

Providing information for action

  •  

 

F A I R

Facilitating informal meetings and group discussions

  •  

 

F A I R

                 

 

 

LEVELS

 

Essential

Desirable

How Measured

 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

 

 

 

 

 

2,3

 

 

Self Motivation

  •  

 

F A I R

Communication Skills

  •  

 

F A I R

Capacity to work under pressure

  •  

 

F A I R

Committed to continued professional development

  •  

 

F A I R

Ability to communicate in Welsh

 

  •  

F I

3

Managing self to optimise performance

 

  •  

 

F A I R

 

EXPERIENCE

 

 

 

2

Experience of working with children and young people in need and their families*

  •  

 

F I

3

2 years of social work with children and young people in need and their families

 

F I

 

PHYSICAL & SENSORY REQUIREMENTS

 

 

 

 

2,3

Sufficient physical mobility commensurate with the demands of Direct Work and the settings in which it is carried out

  •  

 

I

Ability to travel across the County Borough to carry out work (e.g. attend meetings / visit clients or work sites)

  •  

 

F I

 

EQUALITY

 

 

 

2,3

Knowledge of and commitment to Equality and Diversity

  •  

 

I

2,3

Understanding of the importance of Welsh Language and Culture

  •  

 

I

                        RISK MANAGEMENT

2,3

Ensure compliance with corporate policies and procedures including the code of corporate governance, health & safety, risk management procedures and financial regulations.

  •  

 

FI

 

 

Key:    

Levels:  2, 3     =          Specific requirement for each Level

 

How Measured:

F          =          Application Form          A          =          Assessment Centre

I           =          Interview                       R          =          References

C          =          Certificates

 

 

*           This is a generic Person Specification.  Specialist knowledge or experience relevant to the remit of the team is required.

 

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