Senior Practitioner 16+ Care Leavers Service

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB

Hold a caseload of no more than 8 children in care aged 16-17, or care-leavers aged 18+, supporting them to achieve their full potential through their journey in care and on to independence. Manage a complex caseload within a framework of appropriate reflective supervision, undertaking focused, analytical assessments, SMART plans and reviews that have clear objectives and outcome measures to ensure that all looked after children and care experienced young people receive a service that reflects the Council’s commitment to achieving positive outcomes for our looked after children.

Safeguard and promote the wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people through the provision of high quality social work practice, supporting them to achieve their full potential, living within their family if safe to do so.

Participate in effective partnership working and engagement and to work collaboratively with a range of organisations, statutory and voluntary in delivering services to children and young people. Support the Service in providing effective service delivery and promote excellent performance.

To comply with legislation, statutory guidance and local policies and procedures

To be competent in all areas of the PCF at Experienced Social Worker level and The Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) for approved child and family practitioners.

ACCOUNTABILITIES

Demonstrate expert and effective practice in complex situations that reflects a commitment to relationship and strengths-based practice, assessing and managing higher levels of risk and working collaboratively with children, young people and their families and carers.

Provide expert advice and support to less experienced staff on aspects of casework ensuring a high level of practice is demonstrated.

Participate in and promote effective partnership working and engagement and to work collaboratively with a range of organisations, statutory and voluntary, in delivering services to children and young people. Support the transition of young people from care to independence as they move from the Child in Care teams to the 16+ Care Leavers teams.

Contribute to the learning and development of others either through supporting a newly qualified social worker, acting as a Practice Assessor for students on placement, or contributing to training activities in a specialist area.

Lead on an area of practice (i.e. contextual safeguarding, Education Training and Employment, Emotional Wellbeing, Court Work etc) for the team or service and support others to enhance their knowledge and skills in relation to that subject.

To be a Signs of Safety Champion and consistently use the Signs of Safety practice model in assessments and interventions with children and their families.

Prepare clear, structured and concise reports for meetings, i.e. Looked After Children Reviews, Permanency Planning Meetings, Legal Planning Meetings and Care 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. Provide Group Supervision sessions to Social Workers and Personal Advisors.

Keep up to date with research findings, theoretical models and innovative practice within the social work field in order to promote evidence informed practice and maintain the highest professional standards. To comply with legislation, statutory guidance and local policies and procedures.

To be competent in all areas of the PCF at Experienced Social Worker level and The Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) for approved child and family practitioners.

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

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

To deputise for the Team Manager when necessary and as appropriate.

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’.

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