Social Worker - Family Centre - Mid

Location
England, Essex, Chelmsford
Salary
£30906.0 - £42254.0 per annum + Plus Excellent Benefits Package
Posted
30 Sep 2020
Closes
12 Oct 2020
Ref
29679
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time
Please note that this opportunity is NOT open to Newly Qualified Social Workers. To be considered for this role you must have completed your ASYE.

The Role
Children and Families delivers direct provision of services relating to vulnerable children, young people and complex families. These services will be delivered against specifications set by the Education function in line with the County Council's overarching outcomes. The role reports directly to a Team Manager and will be a member of a small team of children, young people & families professionals focussed on delivering excellent social work practice within given area of service including, but not limited to Assessment & Intervention, Family Support & Protection, Children in Care & Leaving Care, Fostering & Adoption. The postholder is responsible for bringing to bear the highest possible standards in Social Work practice, ability and skills, working in accordance with defined legal frameworks, Policy and Procedures.

Job Purpose Summary
Managing a defined caseload, the Social Worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people & families/carers to achieve positive change and improved outcomes. This includes undertaking in depth parenting assessment mainly ordered by the court, intensive direct work with parents and children and facilitating various groupwork.

Role Specific Accountabilities

* Assess, plan, review and provide support to a child, family or carer with complex family or social care needs, taking full account of appropriate legal frameworks, policy and guidance
* Assess family functioning, providing help and support, when relationship breakdown threatens to impair the health or well-being of children at risk of abuse or neglect
* Work collaboratively, building effective working relationships with other professionals, internally and externally to help children, young people and families improve and gain control of their lives when safety or ability to participate in their community is restricted
* Carry out an assessment or direct work to safeguard a child from abuse, neglect or exploitation, building effective relationships with children, adults and families as appropriate.
* Be accountable for making recommendations about whether a child should remain in the care of their parents or be removed in a court setting
* Promoting autonomy and development with individuals who have complex social needs and are more vulnerable as a result of disability, exclusion, or diminished capacity, for example, working with people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or diminished capacity
* Maintain up to date, accurate and high quality records of activity on cases. Participate in a range of planning and decision making forums including case discussions, Strategy Meetings, Legal Planning meetings, Child Protection Conferences, Statutory Reviews
* Write court reports and give evidence in relation to children at risk during legal proceedings
* Assess people's suitability as foster carers, kinship carers (including Special Guardians), or adopters
* Act as Practice Educators for social work qualifying course students on practice placements (as appropriate) or Assessor for Newly Qualified Social Workers completing their ASYE
* Working with communities, families and individuals to maximise or promote their personal strengths, social networks and resources
* Hold a caseload of a level of complexity and provide case management, guidance, support and expert advice to social care staff, students and newly qualified social workers, as and when required

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

* 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 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.
* Required to work flexibly as required, including evenings and weekends if necessary.