Qualified Social Worker; Referral & Assessment Team – Permanent
Newly Qualified - £33,598
Qualified Social Worker - £33,598 - £40,197
Senior practitioner - £38,033 - £45,159
Are you an experienced and passionate Social Worker, looking for career progression? We are looking for experienced and passionate Social Workers to join a dedicated Referral & Assessment Team. In this role you will discharge the authority’s responsibilities under the Children Act 1989 and other relevant legislation with respect to children in need, particularly those in need of protection and those looked after by the authority.
Working in accordance with social care legislation and local government requirements, informed by the values and principles of social care; you will be supporting in the delivery of person centred, safe and effective social care services. Using your professional knowledge and experience you’ll make assessments and decisions about the most appropriate interventions. Applying your significant Social Work experience and excellent communication skills you’ll establish and maintain relationships with service users and other agencies to ensure services meet identified needs.
You’ll be committed to ensure positive and sustainable results of your interventions. Using best practice, you’ll strive to provide the best outcomes for children. Most importantly however, you’ll have a passion for supporting children and their families to ensure that they thrive and flourish. Our priority is to protect the most vulnerable and to be as efficient as possible
Perfect candidate will be:
In this role you will:
- Qualified Social Worker registered with Social Work England .
- Experienced in working with children and families including those from vulnerable groups.
- Creative, flexible and forward thinking in approach.
- Knowledgeable of Child Protection legislation and understanding of child protection issues.
- Constantly striving for continuous improvement to provide the best outcomes for children.
- Able to use excellent mediation and negotiation skills on behalf of service users.
- Highly skilled at building meaningful relationships with children and families to engage them in assessments and plans
- Committed to providing our service users with a high-quality service
- Experienced in working in a multi-disciplinary, interagency basis
- With appropriate supervision, assess for and provide services to children and families in need within the framework of the appropriate legislation, regulations, departmental procedures and child care policy. This will include responsibility for children and families where needs are particularly complex and problematic.
- ensure that services are efficiently and effectively provided, liaising as necessary with other divisions, Council Departments, N.H.S. trusts, schools, carers, voluntary and independent sector providers.
- maintain high standards of professional practice within their own workload and to promote and enhance such practice within the team and division.
- Senior Practitioners may be responsible for supervision of some staff (up to level III Social Workers) in the service and share the operational management of the service.
- maintain professional standards of practice and to work in accordance with the Departmental vision, values, procedures and managerial guidance
In return we offer our pledge to you:
- To manage a caseload of children and families, including:
- Making a comprehensive assessment of need, in partnership with the child, parents, other family members and professionals as appropriate in accordance with the National Assessment Framework.
- Planning, implementing and terminating interventions.
- Facilitating the provision and co-ordination of appropriate services.
- Making referrals to the Community Mental Health Team where adults have particularly complex or problematic needs and maintaining liaison with psychiatric services in order to promote timely and effective management of mental health.
- `Formulating and updating child protection plans, with appropriate guidance from the Group Manager.
- Providing reports to Child Protection Conferences.
- Making use of the legal framework including both criminal law and the Children Act in order to protect children. This may include giving evidence in court.
- Undertaking responsibilities towards children looked after by the authority, including:
- Formulating and progressing care plans for looked after children in line with the Children and Families Division’s guidelines.
- Maintaining personal contact with looked after children at a rate no less than that laid down in Placement Regulations.
- Ensuring that the health and education needs of all LAC are met in accordance with National Standards.
- Ensuring that all procedural requirements with respect to reviewing, consultation and recording are adhered to.
- Act as duty social worker as required by the Group Manager. This may involve providing advice and guidance to less experienced colleagues.
- Make recommendations to the Group Manager (or other budget holder as appropriate) regarding financial expenditure entailed in care plans and to undertake delegated financial responsibilities.
- Undertake appropriate training and to maintain a knowledge of changes to departmental procedure, legislation and regulations and of developments in professional practice.
- Take responsibility within the team for the development of practice; to contribute to training; to have liaison responsibilities and to represent the team on working parties and other bodies as required.
- Promote Equal Opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice in all areas of work within and outside the Council, in line with legislation and Council policy.
- Undertake any other duties as may be required commensurate with the grading of the post in order to meet the changing needs of the service.
- Excellent opportunities for personal development and career progression.
- Supportive managers who provide recognition and a robust supervision policy focussed on wellbeing and workload.
- A clear and transparent pay structure linked to career progression and professional development.
This role is ideally located for those travelling from London, Bexley, Bromley, Dartford, Gravesend, Grays, Romford, Sutton, Epsom, Leatherhead, Twickenham, Croydon, Mitcham, Beckenham, Hounslow, Wembley, Harrow.