Job Description

We are looking for a qualified and experienced advanced social work practitioner who is trained in PAMS assessments to undertake an assessment for us in North Fieldwork services.  You must have experience in undertaking assessments and can work to specific deadlines as determined by the manager.

Job Purpose

Manage a caseload of the most complex cases or a case of sufficient risk and profile to warrant an experienced worker to work solely on it.

Co-work difficult cases with less experienced allocated workers. Act as a practice teacher to students on placement so as to ensure the dissemination of learning.

Duties and Responsibilities

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

§ Manages a workload of the most complex cases which includes looked after children, child protection and assessment of carers. The caseload is dependent on:

o The complexity of cases

o The risk associated with cases

o The profile and potential publicity surrounding a case which will service to increase the pressure placed on the named Social Worker.

o In some instances where a case is of sufficient size, profile and risk it may be appropriate for an Advanced Practitioner to work solely on that case until completion.

§ Have an increased level of autonomy and decision making, based on experience and knowledge, around the cases allocated and report to an Assistant Service Manager on the progress of those cases.

§ In managing cases:

o Carry out assessment and investigations into cases involving significant harm, child protection or assessment of carers and compile reports to case conferences, courts/statutory panels in accordance with statutory procedures and best practice.

o Adhere to statutory legislation and service priorities.

o Implement, monitor and review plans relating to the assessed need of children and young people, their families and carers.

o Chair some practice meetings in order to ensure the regular review of plans and make any necessary amendments.

o Produce assessments of need for children and young people in line with statutory regulations and ensure that services are available to meet those needs.

o Undertake statutory supervision and care planning in relation to children who are looked after.

o Maintain up to date records of cases using management information systems.

§ Act as a Practice Teacher to students on placement.

§ Co-work difficult cases with the allocated Social Worker to allow less experienced staff to benefit from the expertise and experience of an Advanced Practitioner were they have available capacity.

§ Maintain performance and develop practice and experience in line with personal targets as agreed with the Senior Fieldwork Manager through supervision.

§ Contribute to the achievement of Key Performance Indicators identified through service planning.

§ Work to the prescribed quality standards for service provision set out by the service for all workers.

SUPERVISION/MANAGEMENT OF PEOPLE

§ Will act as a Practice Teacher to students on placement.

§ Co-work difficult cases with the allocated Social Workers to allow less experienced staff to benefit from the expertise and experience of an Advanced Practitioner. They will not have any supervisory responsibility over these staff

CASE MANAGEMENT

§ Responsible for the management of a caseload as determined by the Senior Fieldwork Manager dependent upon the complexity. In some instances where a case is of sufficient size, profile and risk it may be appropriate for an Advanced Practitioner to work solely on that case until completion.

§ Cases managed through a process of regular review of agreed plans.

§ Carry out investigations into cases of significant harm including child protection and compile reports to case conferences and courts/statutory panels in accordance with statutory procedures and best practice.

RELATIONSHIPS

§ Legal Services as required.

§ Children and Family Courts representatives.

§ Key relationships include; Service Users, Principal Child and Family Social worker, other Social Workers, Support Workers, Senior Practitioners, Senior Fieldwork Managers, Social Work Consultants, Health Visitors, HEI’s, Police Officers, Education, Voluntary Agencies, Legal Representatives (both through the Council’s Legal Services and the representatives of service users, General Practitioners, representatives from child and adolescent mental health, representatives from adult services and other member of Multi Agency Support Teams.

§ DfE Social Work Reform Unit, Chief Social Workers and other agencies associated with the delivery of the Social Work Reform vision for 2020

DECISION MAKING

§ Responsible for analysing information gained from assessment and making recommendations concerning services that are available to support the ongoing needs of a child, young person their family or carer.

§ Responsible for making day to day decisions on case work in conjunction with the Senior Fieldwork Manager. A high degree of autonomy and decision making will be allowed based on the Advanced Practitioners expertise, experience and knowledge.

§ Decisions affecting the service users ability to gain education, employment, emotional security, safety, healthy growth and development and to reduce the risk of social exclusion.

§ Practitioners will need to show ongoing professional development/training and practice in line with those agreed by HCPC and the Social Worker knowledge and skills standards (KSS).

§ Evidence of Continuing Professional Development with the achievement of an MA in Advanced Professional Practice and Stage 2 PEPS award will be required.

§ Professional/Practice/Theoretical knowledge which they can effectively demonstrate can be used in practice to request the service and profession as a specialist worker in a range of settings i.e. Court etc.

§ The ASWP will be required to have more practice knowledge and training against competencies than any other post in the service

General Duties and Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of all staff to be vigilant and to immediately report any child protection concerns, suspicions or allegations they have or are made aware of, no matter how small or trivial they may appear to be.

This Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Successful candidates will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure and Barred Service Check and a Disqualification from Childcare Declaration

Should you be required as a regular and intrinsic part of your role, to speak to members of the public in English, you must be able to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English as required by The Immigration Act 2016.

To undertake all duties and responsibilities in line with current Council Policies and Procedures, including those relating to health and safety; equalities, diversity and inclusion; safeguarding procedures; financial instructions; procurement and commissioning.

To undertake any other duties in agreement with the post holder and manager. Significant changes that may affect the role and responsibilities of the post or the job description would be managed through an agreed process in consultation with the Trade Unions.

Emotional Context

§ The work involves dealing with staff and service users under stressful and emotionally charged situations, that involve child protection concerns, removal into care of children, complaints regarding procedures and performance, national inquiries, and other factors that impacts upon the Portfolio/Council Performance. The cases that the post-holder will deal with are of a particularly complex nature.

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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