You will have an important role in the safeguarding and protection of vulnerable children and young people working with appropriate agencies and professionals to establish and implement appropriate protection plans.
Working within relevant legislation, government guidance and the council’s practice standards you will carry out assessments and provide social work interventions using a child centred approach.
As part of your role you may be required to prepare for and participate in, planned work relating to court work within specified timescales.
You will ensure the needs and wishes of children are fully addressed in the assessment and planning process and that there is evidence of children and young people’s participation.
You will share responsibility for planned interventions and service provision with partner agencies and work in partnership with families.
You will be expected, at all levels, to work as part of a team, in some cases teams may be multidisciplinary. As part of the team you will work on the duty rota when needed.
As a Social Worker you will have responsibility for managing your individual caseload, taking into account the needs of children and young people and ensuring effective use of time and resources. You will make full use of the council’s IT systems and work within administrative and financial procedures including the maintenance of up to date records.
As your skills and experience develop you will be expected to work with greater autonomy and with more complex cases although support will be readily available where needed. You will also be expected to pass on your expertise via mentoring and support to colleagues and students.
Social Work qualified and HCPC registered.
Keeps up to date with changes in practice, legislation and guidance and is committed to continuous professional development and working within professional standards.
Able to use social work methods to promote positive change, independence and wellbeing in accordance with assessed need, demonstrating the voice of the child.
Work or placement experience of working with children, young people and their carers.
Working knowledge of relevant legislation and ability to apply legislation to practice.
Understanding of developments in Children’s social work.
Able to undertake high quality assessments and provide clear analysis, within set timescales.
Able to transfer knowledge and skills into new situations.
IT skills to support accurate and timely case recording.
Accepts that an enhanced DBS check will be required.
Travel is an essential part of this job and therefore it would be extremely difficult for you to do your job effectively if you did not use a car for all or most of the time. It is essential that you hold a full and valid driving licence and it is expected that you will either use a council vehicle or your own car.