Childrens Social Worker - Wirral #RQ376649
JOB ROLE PURPOSE
Commensurate with demonstrable level of practice and continued professional development and within the Standards of conduct, performance and ethics as described by the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), ensuring compliance with legal, organisational and multi-agency requirements and working independently carry a caseload and undertake a range of community care and safeguarding assessments of complex or unusual cases including appropriate management of risk. Ensure the safeguarding and duty of care of adults and children, families and carers in ways that balance promotion of well-being, independence choice and control with the need to protect people from abuse and neglect. Offer and provide expert opinion within the organisation and to others.
1. Provide information and support to enable people, groups and communities to access universal services, commission a range of services designed to minimise risks, and improve the quality of life for individuals, families, carers/carer groups and communities. Demonstrate critical awareness of current issues and evidence based best practice.
2. Balance needs and risks with rights and choices, taking account of power differences and promoting positive outcomes for individuals, families and carers.
3. Liaise with colleagues in own and other departments and external agencies in order to gather information relevant to assessment and reviewing of care planning activities.
4. Accurately record and critically analyse information, following organisational policies and meet organisational responsibilities for safeguarding.
5. Undertake statutory duties relating to safeguarding concerns.
6. Work across organisational boundaries and contribute to the work of established and developing multi agency teams, applying your skills, knowledge and professional judgement within the council and agency requirements helping to ensure seamless service responses to individuals with multiple needs.
7. Undertake social work with families in order to reduce the need for care or accommodation and a range of community care and safeguarding assessments in accordance with relevant statutory requirements, identifying risks and appropriate support plans.
8. Maintain and update case notes and other records, prepare statements or reports for, attend and give evidence in court in care proceedings, private law cases and adoption proceedings as appropriate.
9. When required give evidence in Court in relation to Care Proceedings or other Court related matters.
10. Developed expertise in one or more areas of practice, and familiar with local resources and be recognised by peers as a source of reliable knowledge and advice.
11. Work independently and demonstrate an ability to adapt their approach to more complex cases.
12. Balance needs and risks with rights and choices, taking account of power differences and promoting positive outcomes for individuals, families and carers.
13. Provide an oversight of cases and give clear directions and supportive actions within appropriate timescales to members of staff within the team.
Working with individuals, families, carers/carer groups and communities within organisational and local multi-agencies, enabling them to contribute toward service planning, critically review, clarify and express their needs, evaluate the outcomes of support and safeguarding plans, identify and agree changes and determine responsibilities for implementation.
Undertake preventative work with children and families in order to reduce the need for care or accommodation and a range of community care and safeguarding assessments in accordance with relevant statutory requirements, identifying risks needs and options.
Communicate effectively with individuals, families, carers and other professionals to negotiate and produce personalised outcome focused planning and assessments that meet assessed need and promote independence and wellbeing.
Create and maintain appropriate relationships with individuals, families, carers, other professionals, groups and communities that promote equality and trust.
Ensure a duty of care and the safeguarding of adults and children, families and carers in ways that balance promotion of wellbeing, independence, choice and control with the need to protect people from abuse and neglect.
Investigate allegations of neglect or ill treatment of individuals.
Contribute to meetings with team members, individuals, families, carers and other professionals.
Where appropriate and within the National Competency Framework support/guide students or other members of the team.
Share specialist social work advice to partner organisations and with colleagues within the organisation where appropriate.
Provide case work supervision, advice and guidance to unqualified staff, students, volunteers and Support Workers and mentor newly qualified Social Workers.
Take responsibility and be accountable for the work of others and give support to enable them to manage and prioritise work.
Support the manager in the implementation and monitoring of casework allocation.
Foster and Adoption Social Worker
Recruit, assess, prepare and train prospective carers, prospective adopters to meet the specific needs of children in accordance with legal requirements and guidance.
Undertake assessments of prospective carers through individual visits, preparation training and completion of reports and presentation of cases to appropriate panels.
Provide prompt and responsive support to carers and prospective adopters; participate in the regular review of family placements, agree the purpose and tasks of placements and the roles and responsibilities of all parties.
Assist carers to make suitable arrangements to facilitate contact between the child/young person and their birth families.