MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB
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.
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.
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 in order to ensure that all vulnerable children receive a service that reflects the Council’s commitment to achieving positive outcomes for our looked after children.
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.
To work with children and families in a variety of diverse and complex contexts, such as mental ill health, disability, substance misuse, domestic abuse, sexual and criminal exploitation, radicalisation, poverty, discrimination, and immigration.
Provide expert advice and support to less experienced staff on aspects of casework ensuring a high level of practice is demonstrated.
Contribute to the learning and development of others either through supporting a newly qualified social worker, supervising a family support worker, acting as a Practice Assessor for students on placement, or contributing to training activities in a specialist areas.
Lead on an area of practice (i.e. contextual safeguarding, completion of DV risk assessments, 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 looked after children, their families and their carers.
Prepare clear, structured and concise reports for meetings, i.e. Child Protection Conferences, strategy 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 promote evidence informed practice and 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.
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 consistent and Stable
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’.