Senior Practitioner – 0-25 Team

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB

Manage and hold a caseload of complex cases within our 0-25’s disability service ensuring that our children and young adults with disabilities are safeguarded and supported to achieve their full potential.

To work closely with multi agency partners such as Health and Education, to ensure children and young adults with disabilities receive the services they require to allow them to thrive and have a voice as valued members of our community.

Offer expert advice and support to less experienced staff on aspects of casework and where appropriate act as a Practice Assessor for students on placement.

ACCOUNTABILITIES

Manage a caseload of complex cases, undertaking focused, analytical assessments, plans and reviews that have clear objectives and outcome measures in order to ensure that all children and young adults with disabilities receive a service that reflects the Council’s commitment to child and adult safeguarding and meaningful transition into young adulthood.

Demonstrate and model a high standard of practice that reflects a value based and child-centred approach to working with disabled children, young adults and their families, in recognition of the Children Act 1989, Children and Families Act 2014, and Care Act 2014.

To work directly with disabled children and disabled young adults to establish their wishes and feelings, using a variety of techniques, as required.

To be a Signs of Safety Champion and consistently use the Signs of Safety practice model to improve the outcomes and safety of children.

Provide expert advice and support to less experienced staff on aspects of casework and where appropriate act as a Practice Assessor for students on placement, ensuring a high level of practice is demonstrated.

Prepare clear, structured and concise reports for meetings, i.e. Child Protection Conferences, Children and Adult strategy meetings, Adult Safeguarding Meetings, Adult Best Interest Meetings, Looked After Children Reviews, Children in Need meetings, and court proceedings as necessary, to the required standard and within the prescribed timescales.

Participate in regular supervision to review case work and critically reflect on the work being undertaken.

Keep up to date with research findings, theoretical models and innovative practice within the social work field in order to maintain the highest professional standards.

To maintain accurate and up to date records in line with Data Protection legislation (GDPR) and use Medway Council specific recording system’s to promote effective case management

Contribute to service development in line with local plans, initiatives and strategies.

KEY CORPORATE ACCOUNTABILITIES

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 a good listener
 Be non-judgemental
 Be consistent and Stable
 Be contactable
 Understand me
 Be honest
 Be Focused
 Be realistic
 Be a good timekeeper
 Be resourceful in your approach

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’.

QUALIFICATIONS

Qualified Social Worker with post qualifying training.

Registration with Social Work England

PEPS 2 or commitment to work towards

EXPERIENCE

Demonstrable post qualification experience of working with disabled children and their families

Demonstrable experience of undertaking direct work with children and young people.

Demonstrable experience in child protection and court work.

Proven experience in the application of ‘Signs of Safety’ or commitment to undertake training

Proven experience in providing expert advice and support to less experienced staff on aspects of casework and where appropriate act as a Practice Assessor for students on placement.

KNOWLEDGE

Demonstrable knowledge required to recognise and evaluate risk to disabled children and disabled young adults and assess measures to reduce that risk.

Demonstrable knowledge of legislation and statutory guidance relevant to working in children’s and young adult services and more specifically in relation to disabled children and young people

Demonstrable knowledge of key points of transition in relation to disabled children and young adults.

Demonstrable knowledge of national policy in relation to young adult work and adult safeguarding developments in relation to the Care Act 2014.

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
Knowledge of disability and the impact that this can have on children, young adults and their families.

SKILLS

Demonstrable ability to build sound, productive working relationships with colleagues, partners and employees.

Uses advanced theoretical / practical / procedural / organisational / policy knowledge across a specialist area and has detailed knowledge of organisational policies, practices or procedures

Engages effectively with children and families and has experience of using different tools and methodologies to communicate with children and young people

Ability to work within a court setting and other professional settings.

Ability to write high quality written reports which are suitable for a variety of professional settings.

Ability to analyse and interpret varied and highly complex information, developing strategies and solutions for long term plans

Ability to use highly developed communication skills to confidently present complex/sensitive information in an understandable way, adapting the style to a range of audiences and stakeholders.

Competent in the use of Microsoft Office packages as well as an electronic integrated children’s system (eg: MOSAIC or similar)

Ability to manage time and workload effectively

Understands and is committed to equality and diversity and treats everyone fairly and with respect

Ability to maintain accurate and up to date case records.

Ability to demonstrate a commitment to individual and reflective supervision.

Ability to maintain confidentiality at all times

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Car driver and use of a car for business purposes

Commitment to continuous professional development and the acquisition of advanced and specialist skills and knowledge

An understanding of Social Work England’s professional standards and a commitment to upholding them in your practice.

Enhanced DBS check

 

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