Senior Social Worker - Children's in Shrewsbury

Shropshire – A lovely place to work and live… This is an exciting time to join Shropshire Children’s Services, following our Ofsted ‘Good’ rating in October 2017. Our Social Workers tell us that we have: • Easy access to management support in the office. • Good quality supervision which takes place on a regular basis • Mutual respect at all levels. • A small authority where there are direct relationships between senior managers and “shop floor” staff. • A beautiful locality to work in. • Excellent training programme. • Great opportunities for progression. • A relationship based practice model with both our clients and staff. We are looking for experienced Social Workers to join our Case Management Service, working and supporting children who require safeguarding and are subject to child in need plans, child protection plans and court proceedings. You will have post qualifying statutory experience and solid knowledge of legislation and Working Together 2018 alongside experience of working in frontline children’s services. Access to support, regular supervision and training opportunities are extended to both permanent and agency staff. If you are thinking about commuting or moving to the area, Shropshire is a lovely place to live, with lots to do locally. We have had a number of staff move to the area from cities who enjoy the lower rents and house prices, lovely restaurants, scenic views and regular local festivals. Shropshire are looking for experienced social workers who have experience in Child Protection, Child in Need, Looked after Children and Court Work to join our busy but settled teams. Main Duties 1. To visit and work with families as required, assessing and re-assessing children’s needs and to carry out duties under the Children Act with particular references to Sections 17 and 47 2. To act as a Case Manager where children are identified as being in need and co-ordinate Core Groups, as appropriate 3. To act as Key Worker in cases where a Child Protection Plan is in operation 4. To provide and contribute to Single Assessments as required 5. To contribute to and to develop ways of identifying and assessing children determined to be in need within the criteria set out in the Children’s Services Plan 6. To provide children and families with particular information and advice to assist in resolving problems. 7. To liaise with other agencies on behalf of service users, to co-ordinate the various resources and arrange specific types of assistance 8. To carry out statutory duties as authorised by the Group Manager, Safeguarding Service and The People’s Director 9. To present evidence and reports to Courts as required 10. To attend and prepare for Case Conferences as determined by Directorate policies 11. To take part in the office duty system as required 12. To maintain computerised records and documentation in accordance with approved Policies and Procedures 13. To work in collaboration with parents, guardians, carers and other professionals in relation to Children Looked After and to maintain records in accordance with LAC requirements 14. The post holder may be required from time to time, to undertake other duties appropriate to this grade which may not be specifically mentioned in this job description The post holder will ensure they: ? adopt a customer focused approach when delivering their service, ensuring engagement with service users and maintenance of an appropriate personal profile, ? act as an advocate for their service and work collaboratively with colleagues across the whole Council to meet the needs of the people of Shropshire, ? meet individual, service and personal development targets agreed through the Personal Development Review Process, learn from experience and are committed to continuous improvement individually and as an employee of the Council, ? work with colleagues to meet the team’s key performance indicators, support a culture of team working and ensure the team functions successfully in support of the Council’s corporate and service objectives. meet the behaviours and competencies adopted by the Council in the way in which they achieve their objectives and carry out their work. 15. In addition to the above duties, the post holder will be expected to demonstrate the following skills: a) to be fully competent over a range of appropriate duties and responsibility; b) to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of relevant legislation, procedures and resources; c) to show that he/she is fully competent in case recording, administration and associated tasks; d) to establish that he/she is able to recognise situations where it is appropriate to seek further advice; e) to show that he/she has attended the necessary supervisory sessions and has used these constructively; f) to be able to recognise potential repercussion of a decision beyond the local level e.g. other agencies, political considerations, the media etc; g) to comply with safe systems of work in accordance with the Directorate’s Health, Safety and Welfare policies and procedures; h) to develop an understanding and awareness of issues related to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice and to demonstrate this in carrying out your duties; i) responsible for promoting continuing personal and professional/vocational development of self through staff development processes. These duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The post holder will be expected to become involved in a range of work to enable the service to respond effectively to the changing requirements of the Council and changes affecting the workforce.

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
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  • Recommend a friend bonus scheme
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