1. To co-ordinate and chair looked after children’s reviews within statutory timescales placing the child at the centre of the reviewing process ensuring their thoughts and feelings are taken into account in the planning process.
2. To review and monitor the effectiveness of care plans for looked after children. To ensure that Care plans are promptly implemented, that agreed actions are being progressed and that there is no drift in permanency planning.
3. To ensure that there is appropriate preparation for LAC reviews and to follow up any concerns regarding Bradford MDC as a Corporate Parent.
4. To liaise with operational staff across agencies to ensure the effectiveness of the Review
and Care Planning process.
5. To produce a timely, outcome focused report after each review that clearly sets out how
the care plan is being implemented, the actions that are required to meet the child’s Care needs. Plans should be SMART.
6. To identify poor practice and cases where children’s needs are not being met and to seek
to resolve identified problems, through effective communication and negotiation, with relevant
practitioners and managers across agencies.
7. To contribute to the evaluation of and monitoring of standards of practice and to fulfil a quality
assurance and audit role in services for looked after children.
8. As well as reviewing those children placed within the district, to review care plans of those
children placed out of the district, those in secure accommodation and those who are subject
to Interim Supervision Orders.
9. To review respite care arrangements for children with disabilities and/or complex needs.
10. To meet separately with children to ensure their views and wishes are understood and taken into account at the review and where a child wishes to challenge their legal status, to assist the child in obtaining independent legal advice and assistance.
11. To support parental participation and ensure that children have access to representation and
advocacy services and ensure that children are aware of the complaints procedure.
12. To collate information arising from reviews relating to practice, service development and
inter-agency participation and collaboration, as requested by the Principal Care Manager.
13. To contribute to performance management monitoring arrangement and reports submitted
to senior management.
14. To remain aware of developments in relation to relevant research, legislation, guidelines
and regulations and departmental procedures.
15. To be a member of the Children’s Safeguarding and Reviewing Unit and contribute to the
development of the Unit and to the development of practise and policy in relation
to safeguarding looked after children.
16. To demonstrate and understanding of, ensure implementation of, Health and Safety and
Equal Opportunities policies and procedures.
17. To design and be involved in the facilitation of training programmes for practitioners and
managers from all agencies, involved in safeguarding, permanency planning and interventions
for looked after children.
18. To investigate complaints from children and families under the Children Act 1989 and
Children’s Complaints Procedure and to undertaken independent management investigations
In accordance with local procedures.
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1. To monitor the Local Authority’s review of looked after children’s care plans, ensuring that actions required to implement the care plan are progressed and carried out in a timely manner and that outcomes are monitored.
2. To endorse care plans, make and record recommendations and actions that are required to meet the reviewed child’s needs, achieving timely outcomes.
3. To make recommendations about discontinuing the child protection plans for children subject to such plans who become looked after.
4. To refer to relevant Senior Managers cases and practice that are not addressing the care plan and to implement guidance and procedure for the referral to CAFCASS where the criteria for doing so is met.
5. To meet with children to ascertain their wishes and feelings and ensure that this are considered within the planning and review process.
You must have:
- A professional qualification in Social Work and experience of working with Children
- Social Work England registration or Social Care Wales registration for North Wales.
- Post qualified experience.
- Enhanced DBS/Update service.
- References required for the last 5 years of employment.
What’s on offer for the Social Worker?
- Excellent competitive pay rate
- Excellent management structure with experienced leaders
- Desirable location with excellent transport links
- A stable and well-supported working environment
Benefits of working with Semester.co.uk:
- Free on-going training opportunities upon registering as part of our commitment to you.
- Competitive Rates of pay
- In house payroll, providing weekly payments and support
- Enhanced DBS completed.
- Support and expert advice from an approachable, dedicated and friendly team
- An assigned dedicated & experienced consultant
- Various employment opportunities in your preferred geographical area
- Flexible hours to meet your needs, full or part time
- Recommend a friend bonus scheme
- “Find your own job” bonus – get £250 for bringing your own position to us *
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