Social Worker - CIC, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children

Location
England, Essex, Harlow
Salary
Negotiable
Posted
15 Jul 2020
Closes
30 Jul 2020
Ref
28761
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time
At Essex County Council (ECC) we are "Serious about Social Work".

Having won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award and been awarded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted, ECC has also been announced as a Partner in Practice by the Department of Education, and the Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) is the only Local Authority team in the country to be accredited by BASW as a CPD provider. We have invested in our workforce and created a positive environment for our social workers to make a difference and achieve change for our most vulnerable children and families through direct relationship-based social work practice.
We have supported our staff to have an understanding of systemic theoretical framework and models underpinning our interventions; to have access to the right tools, equipment and resources; and also the right supervision, training and learning opportunities they need to be strong practitioners


The Role

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

* Diploma or degree in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent.
* Registration with Social Work England as Registered Social Worker.
* Demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS).
* Case recording.
* Demonstrate ability in the application of SW knowledge, using emotional intelligence, analytical skills and act with confidence in challenging social and family situations.
* A good working knowledge and ability to use information technology and related systems e.g. Word, SW case recording systems.
* Required to work flexibly as required, including evenings and weekends if necessary.

In turn, we can offer you a highly competitive package that includes access to our desirable pension scheme, life assurance (of three times your salary), generous annual leave - plus the option to buy additional holiday. Optional benefits such as tax-free savings on childcare and discounted health and dental care are also available, and we will encourage you to develop your skills with ongoing training opportunities.

Crucially, we know that there is more to life than work. We are a motivated and enthusiastic team - but we want you to find an exceptional work/life balance. As such, you will be encouraged to make the most of our commitment to flexible working arrangements, including the chance to work from home.

So, if you want a better quality of life - complemented by a high degree of job satisfaction - then we would be delighted to welcome you to our friendly and inclusive team.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider 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 the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.




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