Job Description

Overall Purpose of the Post: To provide a high quality and comprehensive social work service to children and young people, their families and carers in line with the policies and procedures of the Children and Young People’s Directorate and within regulatory and statutory guidelines, the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Child and Family Work and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Code of Practice. To contribute to a wide range of statutory social work activities and carry out professional social work tasks in accordance with recognised social work procedures, Signs of Safety, evidence based practice and professional social work ethics. This is an experienced social worker role with specific responsibilities for managing a caseload of higher levels of complexity. This will include assessment of needs and the management of risk regarding children, young people, their families and carers. Senior social workers will be expected to maintain and update case notes and other records, write reports as required and give evidence in court in relation to care or other proceedings. They will be expected to provide casework advice, support and guidance to other team members and contribute to the planning and developing of future services and policies, whilst promoting innovative ways of developing support to service users. The role will include the supervising of students and the development of the practice learning setting, including providing support and guidance to newly qualified social workers within the team as required.

Key Responsibilities  To carry out the role and responsibilities of a key worker for a caseload which will include complex and statutory work  To undertake assessment, planning and reviewing work concerning children in need, children subject to child protection plans and children who are looked after in care using the Signs of Safety model and a child-focused approach in accordance with agreed statutory and service procedures.  To work restoratively with children and young people, families and carers to maintain and develop effective relationships and to help them make informed decisions, enabling them to clarify and express their needs and contribute to service planning  To be responsible for analysing information to support the ongoing needs of children, young people and their families and carers  To work directly with children and young people to ensure that assessments and interventions are informed by their views  To maintain and develop effective working relationships with other professionals within the directorate and with partner agencies to ensure integrated, holistic and multidisciplinary approach to the care management and safeguarding of children and young people.  To work with children and young people, families, carers and communities to help them make informed choices and decisions, enabling them to clarify and express their needs and contribute to service planning.  To utilise appropriate information and communication technology to ensure the provision of prompt and efficient services and information to service users, partner agencies and other stakeholders and maintain accurate and complete records.  To be responsible for planning and negotiating a range of appropriate services and interventions that meet the needs of children and young people within delegated levels of responsibility  To use high level communication skills including listening, building empathy, consultation and negotiation to ensure positive outcomes for children and young people.  To innovate and problem solve with the ability to identify appropriate social work interventions in order to promote positive change  To provide written and verbal reports which are concise, informative and based on analysis of complex evidence which can be used within the legal context  Where necessary, work in the court arena with appropriate support to obtain and implement court orders  Work with partner agencies, including the convening and chairing of meetings.  Work to be undertaken with the supervision and guidance of the Team Manager. This may include elements of co-working more challenging/complex casework. 8  Promote the right to advocacy to all children and young people on their caseload, and offer information on how to make complaints  Make young people aware of whom they can contact outside office hours.  To accurately maintain and update case notes and other records as appropriate and to ensure that records are kept in accordance with the policies and procedures of the directorate and other agencies  To use management information systems, keeping them up to date and able to provide concise and accurate information about circumstances and plans within the requirements of data protection  To work to the Standards of Proficiency set by the Health and Care Professions Council to maintain registration as a social worker  To work to and within the prescribed Knowledge and Skills for a Children and Family Social Worker  To effectively act as a mentor/workplace supervisor to newly qualified social workers and to social work students and to assist senior colleagues in the induction and day-to-day activities of students and new members of staff.  To participate in training and development activities that ensures up to date knowledge, skills and continuous professional development  To contribute to the development of practice and services through participation in team meetings, workshops and consultations  To ensure compliance with all responsibilities under Health and Safety at Work Legislation  To actively promote and support Wakefield Council’s Equality and Diversity Policy  To fully participate in supervision and appraisals.  To undertake any other duties and responsibilities appropriate to the grade and purpose of the job as may be determined by the Children & Young People’s Service  To assist in any local or national emergency

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**