Job Description

Overall purpose of job:

To plan, provide and evaluate a range of person centred social work interventions to individuals and their circle of support enabling individuals needs to be met and aspirations achieved.

Post holders will be expected to be flexible in undertaking the duties and responsibilities attached to their post and may be asked to perform other duties, which reasonably correspond to the general character of the post and are commensurate with its level of responsibility.

Main responsibilities:

Referral and assessment:

Basic Grade 7

Provides a duty, contact, referral and assessment service for members of the public and other professionals making a referral to the specialist social work services

Receives referrals and with the appropriate supervision determines initial service delivery

Undertakes enquiries and assessments under Section 17 of the Children Act and with appropriate supervision determines the most appropriate actions and interventions to meet the safeguarding and welfare needs of Children in Need and children in need of protection

Works closely with other agencies and professionals to ensure that the most appropriate services are provided to children and their families to meet their assessed needs

Maintains all case records in line with departmental policy and uses computer systems as required

With appropriate supervision formulates and implements appropriate plans to meet the needs of children and their families

Developed (Grade 8)

All of the above plus

Undertakes safeguarding enquiries and assessments under Section 47 of the Children Act and within delegations determines the most appropriate actions and interventions to meet the safeguarding and welfare needs of children and young people

Within delegation and with the support as required prepares assessments and reports for Child Protection Case Conferences and court

With the support as required presents the above reports within multi agency case conferences or other meetings

With support as required prepares court statements and gives evidence in court

Advance (Grade 9)

Undertakes all of the above autonomously, professionally and within delegations plus

Ensure that all referrals received by the service have an initial assessment and Social Work interventions are allocated appropriately

Provides an advanced level of Social Work expertise and knowledge of the team and uses the knowledge to support other less experienced workers and to develop high quality and professional Social Work practice across the service

Acts as agency decision maker alongside the Police in determining the most appropriate actions to be taken in case of significant harm to children an young people

Ensures the smooth transfer of cases from the Referral Assessment Service to longer term Case Management Services as appropriate.

Case Management

Basic Grade 7

With the appropriate supervision manages a caseload of Children in Need, Children in Need of Protection or Children in Care

Liaises closely with other agencies and other service arenas in formulating and implementing plans to meet the assessed needs if children and their families and carers

Works within Child Care legislation and departmental policies and procedures to the required standards in assessing and meeting the needs of children and their families and carers

Maintains all case records in line with departmental policy and uses computer systems and other communication systems as required

With appropriate supervision and supports acts as ‘Lead Professional’ in respect of individual children and young people. Works in partnership with families and other agencies to provide a range of Social Work interventions to ensure that the assessed needs of children and their families and carers are met in the most appropriate way.

Ensures the views, wishes and feelings of children and their families and carers are taken into account when formulating and implementing plans.

With supervision and support undertakes statutory supervision and case planning for children who are subject to public law orders (i.e. ‘in care’ or subject to supervision orders)

With supervision and support undertakes assessments and prepares statements for court in respect of Private Law Proceedings

Developed Grade 8

All of the above plus

Takes responsibility for more complex work, commensurate with the level of competence and experience including

  • Acting as ‘lead professional’ for children who are subject to a Child Protection Plan
  • Undertaking assessments for Child Protection Case Conference or Court
  • Undertaking specialist Social Work interventions
  • Providing assessments for Adoption or Foster Panel
  • Providing statements and evidence within court proceedings in both public and private law proceedings

Advanced (Grade 9)

All of the above plus

Manages a caseload of complex work involving multiple and complex safeguarding needs or in respect of children subject to complex Public Law proceedings

Manages this caseload autonomously and professionally within appropriate delegations

Provides advice, guidance, support, coaching, mentoring and supervision to newly qualified and less experienced social Workers within the team.

Provides an advanced level of Social Work expertise and knowledge to the team and uses this knowledge to support other less experienced workers ad to develop professional Social Work practice across the service

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 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 *

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

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