Children' Social Worker (West Locality Team) RQ420644

Grade 8 role in West Locality Team


PURPOSE:

Grade 7:

To provide and support the delivery of high quality social work activities within the Hull Social Care Practice Model as part of a team. Works within the Access & Assessment, Locality, Disability or Looked After Children Service across a range of specialisms e.g. fostering, adoption, children with disabilities, children’s residential, child protection, children in need, with the aim of achieving the best possible outcomes for children and young people in need and their families.

This is a developmental role aimed at Newly Qualified Social Workers during the Assessed & Supported Year in Employment (AYSE).

Grade 8, all of the above plus:

To provide and support high quality social work practice with increasing decision-making autonomy in situations of increasing complexity, risk, uncertainty and challenge.

Grade 9, all of the above plus:

To provide and support expert and effective social work practice in complex situations, assessing and managing high levels of risk and providing expert opinion in relation to decisions surrounding complex cases.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

Please note decision making must be included within the Principal Accountabilities

Grade 7

1.

To promote and safeguard the welfare of children, young people and/or vulnerable adults (Service Area to include where appropriate)

2.

Contributes to the overarching strategy in Hull Children’s Social Care Services – to ensure that the team actively plans for safety, permanency and stability for children and young people regardless of the setting in which they live and to actively support children to live at home safely.

3.

Works in partnership with colleagues, parents and carers, ensuring that child-centred, systemic practice is the principal standard and framework for all work undertaken with children, young people and families.

4.

Engages in critical reflection and constructive challenge within the course of working with colleagues, other agencies and with children, young people and families.

5.

Undertakes specific pieces of direct work with children, young people and families both individually and co-working with colleagues as directed by the Team Manager.

6.

Actively engages in weekly team meetings ensuring focused and purposeful social work is undertaken with all cases.

7.

Works with colleagues in the team to ensure that children, young people and families are regularly and actively communicated with.

8.

Works with colleagues in the team to ensure that case recording is up to date and that required information is available for a variety of purposes e.g. core groups, multi-agency meetings, strategy meetings, panels, court, case conferences and looked after children reviews.

9.

Engages in the professional decision-making process with colleagues in relation to complex/high risk cases.

10.

Actively engages in the professional development framework for Hull Children’s Social Care Services (including attendance at practice development groups) and continuous learning as per relevant level of the Professional Capabilities Framework for the role.

11.

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and associated legislation places responsibilities for health and safety on Hull City Council, as your employer and you as an employee of the council. In addition to the Councils overall duties, the post holder has personal responsibility for their own health & safety and that of other employees; additional and more specific responsibilities are identified in the Council’s Corporate H&S policy.

Grade 8, all of the above plus:

12.

Engages in and advises on the professional decision-making process with children, young people and their families and colleagues in relation to complex/high risk cases.

13.

Prepares for and attends relevant decision-making panels on specific cases where there may be a requirement for additional resources e.g. Resource Allocation Panel.

14.

Prepares for and attends court as required in relation to specific cases where the engagement of legal processes is necessary.

15.

Provides co-working support and advice to other staff members within the team.

Grade 9, all of the above plus:

16.

Engages in and advises on the professional decision-making process with children, young people and their families and colleagues in relation to complex/high risk cases. Occasionally deputises for the Team Manager and liaises with children, young people and families and the Group Manager when necessary in relation to decisions on cases of a complex/high risk nature.

17.

Provides day-to-day supervision and contributes to practice education of any social work student attached to the team. Provides professional supervision (monthly) to the Family Practitioner.

18.

Actively supports and engages in practice development groups and the provision of information/professional opinion as required e.g. for policy amendments, newly developed ways of working.

GENERAL:

The above principal accountabilities are not exhaustive and may vary without changing the character of the job or level of responsibility. The postholder must be flexible to ensure the operational needs of the Council are met. This includes the undertaking of duties of a similar nature and responsibility as and when required, throughout the various work places in the Council.

DIMENSIONS:

All sections should be completed – if there aren’t any state ‘none’

1. Responsibility for Staff:

Grade 7:

No formal responsibility for staff other than contributing to and promoting the learning system within the service.

Grade 8, all of the above plus:

Provides co-working support and advice to other staff members in the team. Contributes to and promotes the learning system within the service.

Grade 9, all of the above plus:

Provides monthly supervision to Family Practitioner. Provides day-to-day supervision and contributes to the practice education of any social work student attached to the team. Contributes to and promotes the learning system within the service.

2. Responsibility for Customers/Clients:

Grade 7:

Responsible for contributing to the welfare and protection of service users within the context of the Hull Children’s Social Care Practice Model. Works directly with children, young people and families within a systemic framework as directed by the Team Manager. Communicates sensitive and sometimes contentious information to customers/clients co-worked with social worker/experience social worker.

Grade 8, all of the above plus:

Engages in and advises on the professional decision-making process with children, young people and their families in relation to complex/high risk cases. Communicates sensitive and sometimes contentious information to customers/clients.

Grade 9, all of the above plus:

Occasionally deputises for the Team Manager and liaises with children, young people and families and the Group Manager when necessary in relation to decisions on cases of a complex/high risk nature.

3. Responsibility for Budgets:

Grade 7:

Supports and promotes the most effective and efficient deployment of resources within the context of the Hull Children’s Social Care Practice Model.

Grade 8, all of the above plus:

Reasonable requests for additional resources/specialist support e.g. sessional hours and equipment purchases on a case-by-case basis in order to support the overarching strategy to maintain safety, permanency and stability for children, young people and families.

Grade 9, all of the above plus:

Autonomous decisions/permissions to provide additional resources/specialist support up to the value of £500 per case in relation to ‘children in need’ cases. Provides professional opinion in relation to request for resources over and above £500. Occasional deputising for the Team Manager in conjunction with the Group Manager to make decisions on up to £30k sessional hours and non-pay expenditure).

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.


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