First Response Social Worker [Lvl 3 Rochdale]

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES OF THE JOB To provide a high quality professional social work service to children and their families across the Borough, in accordance with Legislative requirements, the policies and procedures of the Service/Council by : 1. Assessing the needs of individual children and their families for social care service 2. Designing and arranging for provision of appropriate care services 3. Providing direct social work assistance to children and families 4. Establishing and developing effective collaborative working relationships with other agencies in pursuance of effective service provision

Responsibilities The post holder must - i. Perform his/her duties in accordance with Rochdale Council’s Equality and Diversity Policy. ii. Ensure that Rochdale Council’s commitment to public service orientation and care of our customers is provided. iii. Work in accordance with the HCPC Standards of Practice. Values and Behaviours Approach the job at all times using the values set out in the Rochdale Way:  Valuing our people  Focusing on customers  Acting with integrity  Using time and money wisely  Working together  Always learning and improving Be aware of and apply the Rochdale Way behaviours at all times. Principal Duties 1. To ensure that the Council’s duties under the relevant legislation are discharged in accordance with Council Policy in relation to individual service users, parents and carers. 2. To assess the needs of children/young people and their families, including the identification of those at risk or in need of protection, and to provide services as appropriate. 3. To determine the most suitable intervention, having due regard to the resources available and to plan, implement and evaluate action taken. 4. To engage effectively with children, young people, their parents and carers, in the delivery of services. To ensure that high standards of customer care are constantly applied across all aspects of service provision; keeping children at the centre of everything we do. 4 5. To ensure that the legal/policy/practice requirements, particular to the specialist area in which the post holder operates are fully complied with. 6. To liaise and negotiate effectively with other sections of the Service and other colleagues in other statutory and voluntary agencies in pursuit of effective service provision. 7. To carry and manage a caseload as directed, in accordance with agreed policies and criteria. 8. To effectively review and plan work with children and families; providing the right service at the right time. 9. To maintain timely recording of work undertaken in client information systems, and to produce reports etc in accordance with established policies and procedures. 10. To disseminate information to team members and ensure they keep themselves up to date with national and local policy and legislative developments and research on best professional practice. Participate in learning and development opportunities relevant to the post 11. Provide evidence of CPD that meets the requirements of the PCF at Experienced Social Worker level. Secondary Duties 1. To participate in Council programmes of in-service training as a trainee and when required as a trainer facilitator. 2. To undertake such other duties and responsibilities of an equivalent nature as may be determined from time to time by the Assistant Director (or nominated representative) in consultation with the postholder (and if he/she so wishes, with his/her Trade Union representative).

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