Job Description

Children’s Safeguarding Social Worker – Washington/Sunderland

(3 month contract with potential to be extended or made perm)


To carry out assessments of Children in Need and Children in Need of Protection and to undertake direct work with children and their families.

To work in accordance with established policies and procedures of Together for Children and Sunderland Safeguarding Board.

Key Responsibilities:

To manage an assigned caseload of children and families, independently, in compliance with agreed casework objectives, assessing and managing risks appropriately, and in accordance with statutory regulations and guidelines.

To investigate complaints of alleged neglect, abuse or ill treatment of children undertake assessments and where appropriate arrange accommodation or children and young people maintaining appropriate personal/professional boundaries.

To work to a range of legal options to support investigation and protection; if required give evidence in court; using contingency planning to plan for changing circumstances.

To liaise with colleagues in order to gather information relevant to assessment and care planning.

To work with children and young people, families, carers and communities to formulate care plans in partnership based on their assessment of need.

To undertake direct social work responsibilities as an allocated worker to children and families assigned to monitor and review the implementation of care plans, ensuring that the services being provided are meeting the assessed need and the provision remains within any agreed costs.

To prepare, record and maintain case records and other information in accordance with child protection procedures and timescales.

To keep up to date with social work practice, and also to reflect and identify development and training needs to ensure continuous professional development.

To work within the Together for Children’s professional policy and procedures, and code of conduct.

To ensure effective and timely communication across Child Protection services, listen to and respond to the views and ideas of other professionals, stakeholders (particularly children and young people and their families) to ensure services are relevant, responsive and focused on meeting identified needs.

To champion diversity and equality.

Statutory requirements:

In line with the Together for Children’s Statutory Requirements, all employees should:

Comply with the principles and requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to the management of Together for Children Sunderland’s records and information, and respect the privacy of personal information held by Together for Children Sunderland.

Comply with the principles and requirements of the Freedom in Information Act 2000;

Comply with the Together for Children Sunderland’s information security standards, and requirements for the management and handling of information;

Use information only for authorised purposes.

Undertake the duties of the post in accordance with the Company’s Equal Opportunities Policy, Health and Safety Policy and legislative requirements and all other Company policies.

You must have:

  • A professional qualification in social work and experience of working with Children's, in particular previous experience of Assessment work
  • 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**