Our Client in the Swindon (Area) is looking for an experienced Children’s Senior Social Worker for the Children’s Assessment Team
Children’s Assessment Team
Senior Social Worker
£38.00 per hour
£25 a day expenses towards living/ accommodation
To undertake professional and comprehensive casework for a complex caseload of children and young people.
To maintain high professional standards and good overall knowledge of relevant legislation regulation and practice methods, ensuring that you are abreast of new developments. Provide guidance and support to less experienced staff to help them develop their professional skills and knowledge.
As lead professional, to contribute to the provision of good quality services which integrate government and local initiatives and guidance (including Working Together, Child Protection procedures, Looked After Children’s processes, the Assessment Framework and Common Assessment Framework).
Manage an allocated caseload appropriate to the extensive experience of the Experienced Social
Worker, to include complex assessments of children, families and parenting and other work to meet statutory requirements.
Work within Swindon Borough Council’s policies, procedures and good practice guidelinesin order to meet the needs of the children and families allocated.
Work with children and young people, families, carers and communities to help them make informed decisions, engender change enabling them to clarify and express their needs,and contribute to service planning.
Maintain up to date case notes and other records, utilising relevant IT systems, and write reports, including court reports, and give expert evidence in court.
Undertake specialist assessments, for your and other workers’ cases, for court proceedings, including parenting and kinship assessments.
Ensure that casework is up to date, comprehensively written up, and managed within agreed timescales.
Ensure your manager is kept fully appraised of problems arising from cases or work load and to seek advice as and when necessary.
When working with families, to recognise monitor and assess risk. To ensure information about risk is escalated to managers in a timely manner.
Develop and maintain positive working relationships with service users and other professionals.
Model good practice helping to set the expectations for others.
Where appropriate act as the duty worker for the team responding to queries and issues
Learning and development
Keep up to date with contemporary issues in children’s social work including legislation and evidence based practice and use this to inform working practice.
Use supervision to reflect on cases, and put learning into practice
Identify own individual learning needs in line with the requirements of the PCF for an experienced and advanced social work practitioner and attend relevant training anddevelopment opportunities.
Liaise with colleagues in own and other directorates and external agencies to gather information toinform assessment and care planning activities, jointly plan and deliverinterventions.
Participate in complex planning and reviewing of cases of children in care, child protection and support fostering/adoption arrangements.
Provide constructive challenge to enhance practice, procedures and policies, promote innovation, and introduce new ways of working
Lead and monitor multi-agency actions and objectives.
Provide leadership and professional wisdom to colleagues and other professionals for work in situations of high complexity
Act as a placement supervisor to students or mentor to NQSW in their ASYE year and act as a mentor to other staff.
Model and facilitate reflective and evidence-informed practice, contributing to the development of knowledge and promotion of excellence in the field
Carry out any other duties, commensurate with the post, as may be required for the efficient running of the service.
Knowledge & Experience
Candidates must have substantial knowledge and experience in the following areas of business and will be required to provide evidence of this:
Experience of identifying the needs of children and young people and establishing targeted planning to meet their needs.
Practical experience producing in depth and analytical assessments for complex cases
Experience of multi-disciplinary working with children and families and chairing formal multidisciplinary meetings
Experience of undertaking assessments and writing court reports and presenting evidence in court.
Knowledge of child protection, looked after children, and associated child in need social work practice issues
Knowledge of methods of social work intervention.
In-depth knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, guidance and policies.
Knowledge and understanding of the framework for the assessments of children in need and their families.
Contemporary knowledge of social work applications, i.e. attachment theory, enabling change, parenting and kinship assessments, behaviour and behaviour management.
If you are interested please apply below or alternatively please do not hesitate to contact me on the below details
|Samuel Noakes Regional Team Manager
RT Social Carep:01992 535770 | e:firstname.lastname@example.org | w:www.rt-socialcare.com