Social worker - Children in Care Specialist team
Job Purpose Summary
The specialist role is working with Unaccompanied Asylum seeking Children (UASC) who arrive in Essex. This includes carrying out a needs assessment at point of entry and if the age of the young person is in dispute carrying out an age assessment. We support young people to make a claim for Asylum, which includes identifying legal representation and attending appointments at the Home Office. Over and above being UASC our young people are Looked after Children.
The role includes managing a defined caseload, the Social Worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people and families/carers to achieve positive change and improved outcomes. This includes enquiry, assessment, purposeful intervention through direct work and review in relation to Child Protection, Child in Need and Children Looked After, achieving permanency through care for Children in Care, whilst acknowledging that any decision on permanency will be dependent on the Home Office decision on length of leave to remain in the UK.
Our Children in Care Teams work with children and young people who are in care up to the age of 18. Children in Care Team's provide a high quality service to children who are unable to live at home and are placed with foster carers or supported accommodation post 16. The work includes ensuring that all statutory requirements are met and include undertaking Care proceedings, supporting children who return home where family have been identified. The team are committed to high quality work and engagement with all children in care to maximise the potential of young people. They work with a range of agencies, including Home Office, Immigration, Solicitors, Health and Education to ensure that care plans are effective.
What you'll need to join our Social Work teams
To play a key part in transforming the lives of children and families, you'll be a DIPSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent graduate. Ideally this will be backed up by post-qualification experience as a children's social worker however we could consider a social worker with transitional skills. Open to change and ready to innovate, you will be keen to join an environment where you can stretch yourself professionally, make an impact individually and deliver positive outcomes collaboratively.
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the County of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 0844 800 6685*.
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What we offer
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all of its employees, including:
* A local government pension scheme (LGPS), a career average scheme with employee and employer contributions
* Life assurance (where a member of the LGPS) of 3 x annual salary
* Annual leave entitlement of up to 29 days per year (depending upon grade and length of service)
* Purchase of additional annual leave (up to agreed limits)
* Flexible working arrangements (for most roles but depending upon service requirements)
* Discounted shopping through a dedicated Reward Portal (including discounts at major supermarkets)
* Training and development
* Relocation package (up to £8,000) where agreed
* Interest free travel loan Payment of professional fees (approved professions only)
* Lease car scheme (dependent on requirement for business use or for employees at Band 8 and above)
* Car cash alternative to employees graded Band 8 or above who do not wish to participate in the lease car scheme -
* Private medical health insurance for employee and partner - Band 7 and above
* Discounted health cash plans at employee cost
* Dental health plan at employee cost
* Employee assistance programme provided in-house (wellbeing and counselling provision)
* Eye-care vouchers
* Reward vouchers and e-cards (to recognise high achievement)
* Volunteering leave (up to 2 days per year)
* Childcare vouchers, through salary sacrifice
* Cycles to work, through salary sacrifice
* Charitable giving through payroll deduction
* Relocation package of up to £8,000 (at hiring manager's discretion)
* Local shopping discounts
* Microsoft Office home use program
* Train fare discounts
* Bus fare discounts
* Car share scheme
* Selected car parking depending on location and salary band
Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits