Social Worker - Young People with Disabilities Team
In Essex County Council we are "Serious about Social Work".
Having won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award and been awarded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted this is an exciting time to join us. As if that wasn't enough, Essex 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
Children and Young People with Disabilities - YPWD Team
The role of a Social Worker within the Young People with Disabilities Team (formerly Transition Team) will involve the managing a caseload of children/young people with disabilities requiring assessment of their needs, advice, support and development of care plans and support packages in accordance with practical guidance. The Young People with Disabilities Team (YPWD) focusses on working with young people and their families from the age of 16 years up to the age of 25 years.
Social workers are responsible for building on the relationships with young people and families using systematic and the strengths based social work approaches. Through this they will work alongside young people and their families through the transition from Children's services into adulthood, including school and leaving college (Education, Health and Care Plans). This will include support into accommodation (residential / supported living,) support into day services, developing independence, support into work experience/ supported employment.
The work is varied and involves working with the Children Act 1989 and 2004, Children and Families Act 2014, Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005, including all other relevant legislation pertinent to supporting children, young people and adults within the remit of Social Care. Undertaking Transitions Pathway Assessments, Mental Capacity Assessments (including Deprivation of Liberty), Community Care assessments, Implementation and Review of support packages/plans.
The Young People with Disabilities Team (YPWD) is part of the Children and Young People with Disabilities Service (CYPWD) which consists of The Child and Family Support Teams, The Preparation for Adulthood Advisors Teams, Occupational Therapy Teams and a core Children and Young People with Disabilities team (0-16yr olds)
It is an exciting phase as we improve our services to children and young people with disabilities (from birth up to age 25) and their families and embracing the SEND reforms.
Skills and Knowledge
Diploma or degree in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent.
* Registration with Social Work England as a registered Social Worker.
* Demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS).
* Demonstrate an ability in the application of social work 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, social work case recording systems.
Required to work flexibly as required, very occasionally including evenings and weekends Required
Please note that for this team, experience in Adults Social Care is particularly desirable.
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.
As part of employment with Essex County Council 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 visit: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link: https://www.workingforessex.com/working-here/pay-reward/
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 email or call us on 033303 22073 Lines are open Monday to Friday 08:30 - 16.30.