Job Description

JOB TYPE: Contract usually lasting around 3 months – usually extended further on a monthly basis, depending on services need.

The social worker will manage a caseload of children subject to CIN and child protection cases along with some court work

MAIN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY: 1. Hold and effectively manage a complex and varied caseload with appropriate supervision, guidance and support, reflecting the function of the team and Children’s Social Care in accordance with policy, procedures, statutory guidance and legislation. 2. Be accountable for complex decision making in relation to allocated cases ensuring professional judgement, evidence based tools, critical reflection and analysis is used to inform this. 3. Identify and assess levels of risk and need in often complex situations, ensuring that the safety and welfare of children is paramount. 4. Undertake work within legislative frameworks including the preparation of written statements and representations to the judiciary at Court hearings. 5. Model critical reflection and evidence based decision making and support others in developing these. 6. Demonstrate the use of a range of social work interventions with children, young people and their families to reduce risk, promote change and produce positive outcomes. 7. Deliver protective and/or supportive services for children at risk, in need and/or looked after. 8. Complete good quality single assessments incorporating robust analysis of risk and needs to inform the child’s care plan. 9. Ensure that children, young people, their families and other carers are fully involved in the process of assessment and care planning and that the views, wishes and feelings of children and young people are sought, recorded and taken into account in decision-making in line with best practice. 10.Ensure assessments and care plans are up-dated regularly to reflect the child’s current needs. 11.Prepare and present good quality, accurate and thorough reports for a variety of purposes e.g. child protection conferences, care planning meetings, reviews, legal gatekeeping etc and submit these within the allocated timescales. 12.Ensure reports are shared with parents/carers and children, who are of an age and level of understanding, prior to meetings. 13. Undertake statutory visits within required timescales and ensure that an accurate and timely record is made of this visit. 14.Undertake work outside of the City Council’s boundary in relation to children placed out of area e.g. statutory visits, attending a range of meetings etc. 15.Be responsible for accurate, sensitive, timely and up to date recording on all cases. 16.Ensure children and young people achieve permanence without delay through effective care planning and completion of required tasks. 17.Ensure young people are prepared for adulthood through effective and timely transition planning involving a range of services and agencies. 18. Communicate skilfully and confidently in complex or high risk situations. 19.Attend and represent the department at a range of multi-disciplinary forums and undertaking the role of Chair as required. 20. Undertake Achieving Best Evidence interviews as required. 21. Undertake direct work with children, young people and their families. 22.Work collaboratively with colleagues within the Council and in partner agencies. 23. Model inclusive practice in relation to identity and diversity, challenging any issues of concern. 24.Take responsibility for obtaining regular professional supervision to ensure effective and reflective practice. 25.Prepare and participate in Performance and Development Reviews, identifying areas for improvement and carrying out agreed learning and development opportunities including using research to inform practice. 26.Take responsibility for the continuous professional learning and development of self and others including participating in team meetings and contributing to the development of the team and the overall service. 27. Manage and appropriately prioritise tasks within an allocated caseload through effective time management. 28.Ensure that expenditure on cases is properly authorised and recorded. 29.Ensure that client information data is lawfully gathered, accurate, up to date and only divulged in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) and the local government common law of duty of confidentiality. Failure to apply these duties can lead to the individual or the Council facing financial penalties or court proceedings.

What’s on offer for the Social Worker

· Excellent competitive pay rate – paid weekly!

· Excellent management structure with experienced leaders

· Desirable location with excellent transport links

· A stable and well-supported working environment

You must have:

  • A professional qualification in social work and experience of working with Children's
  • Social Work England registration.
  • Post qualified experience.
  • Enhanced DBS/Update service.
  • References required for the last 5 years of employment.

Benefits of working with

  • 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 *

If you would like to find out more information about this role, or the other opportunities have available feel free to click the 'Apply' button below or contact the team on 0161 4199285**