Job Description

Social Worker with Duty & Assessment Team in South Locality to cover Maternity Leave.

Primary purpose and scope
To provide effective and high quality professional social work to children and their families
in accordance with legislation; statutory guidance at national, regional and local levels; and
policies and procedures, with the outcome of improving the lives of children in Manchester.
Key accountabilities
Understand the role of the child and family and child development
The post holder will be responsible for building effective professional relationships with
children and families that enables full participation in assessment, and care planning based
upon best evidence which addresses risk in all its forms.
The post holder will take account of child development theories and new learning to inform
their practice and shape their assessment and analysis of risk and care planning, taking into
account that each child is unique within developmental norms.
The post holder will assess the influence and impact of cultural and social factors on the
child’s development including key factors such as parenting styles, and the child’s
resilience/uncertainty to change and loss.
Understand factors that impact children including abuse and neglect
The post holder will identify the impact that social and environmental factors have on
parents and carers ability to promote good outcomes for children accessing help for them
via other services and adult interventions to promote the outcome of improving the child’s
outcomes. This will include early help, domestic violence, mental health services and
coordinating as part of social work intervention to reduce concerning adult behaviours that
could increase risk to children.
The post holder will exchange information with partner agencies as part of their
responsibilities to safeguard and promote the safety of children. Taking into account the
long term and acute aspects of child abuse in all its forms.
The post holder will lead investigations of allegations of significant harm listening and
challenging appropriately the views of others to assess and analyse risk. As part of this the
post holder will coordinate and lead a coordinated risk management plan to protect children
from significant harm.
Undertake effective direct work with children and families
People. Pride. Place.
The post holder will demonstrate the ability to develop strong interpersonal skills to engage
and motivate children and their families in a variety of circumstances such as child
protection enquiries and assessment, in order to enable change.
The post holder will draw on theoretical evidence based interventions and research to
inform their practice and interactions with children and families in all stages of their journey
and interaction with social care from early help transition to adult services, independence
and adoption.
Undertake child and family assessment demonstrating effective analysis,
decision-making, planning and review
The post holder will have the ability to communicate clearly and sensitively with children of
all ages and abilities drawing on a range of agreed evidence based communication
methods to enable them to share their wishes and feelings.
The post holder will be able to demonstrate effective care planning utilising skills to critically
evaluate risks alongside evident strengths in order to make effective decisions and ensure
solution focused approaches to problem solving that draws on utilising finite resources to
maximum effect. This will include working with the voluntary and community sector.
The post holder will be able to undertake clear jargon free case recordings, written reports
which evidence clear analysis and rationale for decisions made.
Understand the law and the family justice system undertaking ongoing research
Understand the role of a Social Work within the family justice system and how relevant
regulation and statutory guidance relates to the law and carry out all duties with due regard
to confidentiality and data protection regulations and legislation. Keep records up to date in
compliance with Manchester City Council recording policy and procedures.
Develop opportunities to share and reflect on decisions made on an ongoing basis,
including seeking advice from other professionals and agencies
Demonstrate professional ethics
Ensure that all children and adults are valued regardless of age, gender orientation and
Personal commitment to continuous self development and service improvement.
Through personal example, open commitment and clear action, ensure diversity is
positively valued, resulting in equal access and treatment in employment, service delivery
and communications

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**