MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB
To contribute to the delivery of a highly effective Children’s Social Care Service, taking responsibility for working and managing a caseload within a framework of appropriate supervision. (This will be dependent upon the complexities of the cases and the post qualification experience of the social worker).
To work with Special Guardians, connected carers and children placed in connected carer arrangements, assessing their support needs, providing support as appropriate, and making ASF applications to deliver specialist therapeutic support.
To deliver training to these carers as required.
To assess, plan, use evidence based analytical practice to implement and evaluate safeguarding measures to ensure all children are given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
As required to complete a range of assessment related to connected carers, including Special Guardianship, Viability and Connected Carers assessments.
To complete all assessments within regulated deadlines and timescales, and submit these reports to Court or Fostering Panel as required.
To attend Court, Fostering Panel and other forums as appropriate to present assessments.
To maintain accurate written and computerised records, in accordance with agreed procedures and in order to meet legislative responsibilities.
To co-ordinate, and take a lead role in multi-professional/ agency groups and other professional meetings.
To adhere to and uphold the codes of conduct set out by Medway Council and Social Work England.
To comply with legislation, statutory guidance and local policies and procedures.
To be competent in all areas of the PCF at Social Worker level and The Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) for approved child and family practitioners.
To work with colleagues to achieve service plan objectives/targets
To participate in one to one Performance Development Reviews and contribute to the identification of own and team development needs
To actively promote the Council’s Fair Access, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and observe the standard of conduct which prevents discrimination taking place
To ensure full compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Council’s Health and Safety Policy and all locally agreed safe methods of work
To fully understand and be aware of the commitment to the duty under Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to prevent crime and disorder
At the discretion of the Head of Service, such other activities as may from time to time be agreed consistent with the nature of the job described above
ACCOUNTABILITIES TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
The children and young people of Medway have said the following qualities are really important to them:
Be ambitious for young people and promote others to share the same drive.
Champion Children and Young People’s views and rights in everything you do.
Ensure Children and Young People’s voices are listened to and acted upon.
‘Do what you say and say what you do’.
A recognised professional Social Wok Qualification
Successful completion of ASYE year together with two years post qualifying experience of working with children and families.
Registration with Social Work England
Proven experience in the use of ‘Signs of Safety’ or a willingness to be trained.
Demonstrable experience in relationship and strengths-based practice, working collaboratively with children, young people and their families
Demonstrable experience of undertaking direct work with children and young people.
Demonstrable experience of completing a range of assessments to a high quality, including strong analysis and recommendations.
Demonstrable experience of working within the framework of the Children Act 1989, Special Guardianship Regulations 2005 (as amended by the Special Guardianship (Amendment) Regulations 2016), Care Planning Regulations 2010, Fostering Regulations 2011, Fostering National Minimum Standards, Special Guardianship Guidance 2017, and other relevant legislation, Statutory Guidance, Standards and Procedures including preparation of court reports and presenting oral evidence.
Ability to use advanced theoretical/ practical/ procedural/ organisational/ policy knowledge across a specialist area
Knowledge and experience in the application of relevant legislation, statutory guidance, standards and local policies and procedures.
Demonstrable ability to build sound, productive working relationships with colleagues, partners and other staff.
Demonstrates strong assessment skills and analysis of relevant information and develops multi agency SMART plans to improve outcomes for children and young people using evidence based practice.
Engages effectively with children and families and has experience of using different tools and methodologies to communicate with children and young people.
Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain effective professional relationships with other professionals and organisations.
Ability to maintain accurate and up to date case records in a timely manner.
Ability to write high quality written reports which are suitable for a variety of professional settings.
Ability to analyse and interpret varied and complex information, developing strategies and solutions for the medium and long term.
Ability to use well developed communication skills to present complex/sensitive information in an understandable way, to a range of audiences.
Competent in the use of Microsoft Office packages as well as an electronic integrated children’s system (eg: MOSAIC or similar).
Ability to practice effectively and competently with an increasing level of autonomy and independence.
Ability to make good quality judgements and sound decisions in situations of increasing complexity, risk, uncertainty and challenge, and be able to effectively explain and justify decisions.
Ability to determine which interventions, knowledge and skills to deploy to effectively respond to different issues.
Ability to work under pressure and manage time and workload effectively.
Ability to work within a court setting and other professional settings.
Ability to work effectively as part of a team to achieve team and service plan objectives and targets.
Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
Demonstrable knowledge and experience in the application of relevant theoretical frameworks, practice models and research findings.
Ability to demonstrate awareness of legislation relating to General Data Protection Regulations and Freedom of Information.
Ability to work independently within clear guidelines and regularly uses initiative to make decisions, referring to more senior officers for advice on policy/resource issues.
Ability to carry out tasks which impact on the wellbeing of people, including assessing needs, implementing care/welfare, implementing regulations, providing guidance on internal procedures and interpreting policies and procedures to meet specific circumstances or problems.
Ability to explain straightforward tasks to others, where required.
Ability to act as a role model to promote equality and manage diversity in the workplace and service provision, ensuring everyone has appropriate and fair access to support.
Ability to build sound and productive working relationships with colleagues, partners and staff groups; and can engage other in a credible, persuasive way.
Ability to initiate and develop close working partnerships with statutory, voluntary and private agencies to gather/share information in order to facilitate decision making for effective service delivery.
Car driver and daily use of a car for business purposes
Commitment to continuous professional development
Ability to demonstrate a commitment to individual and reflective supervision
An understanding of Social Work England’s professional standards and a commitment to upholding them in your practice.
Enhanced DBS check.
(i) DESCRIBE HOW AND BY WHOM THE POST IS MANAGED
The post holder will be line managed by the Social Work Manager
(ii) DESCRIBE THE LEVEL OF INITIATIVE AND/OR INDEPENDENCE EXPECTED OF THE POST HOLDER
There is a high degree of independence expected of the post holder
(iii) DESCRIBE ANY SUPERVISORY/MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
The post holder will have no direct line management responsibility, although they will be expected to assist and provide support to less experienced staff.
(iv) JOB CONTEXT – DESCRIBE THE MAIN CONTACTS, BOTH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL AND THE PURPOSE OF THOSE CONTACTS
Mental Health Trusts
Designated and named health professionals
Prospective adoptive parents
Schools, Colleges, Universities
Police Child Abuse Investigation Team
Private and voluntary sector providers
Other Teams/ Sections of Medway Children Services
Adult Social Care
Workforce Development and Organisational Change
None; however must have the ability to make recommendations to managers about case issues with financial implications
The post holder will be based in one of Medway Council’s establishments.