|MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB|
To provide a high quality and effective professional casework service for young people in care as they transition to independence, taking responsibility for working and managing a caseload within a framework of appropriate supervision, dependent upon the complexities of these cases and the social worker’s experience. Support the transition of young people from care to independence as they move from the Children in Care teams to the 16+ Care Leavers teams.
This role is a case holding role of 16, 17 and 18 year old young people in care, managing care proceedings and the associated tasks necessary, supporting young people by ensuring pathways are followed, prior to leaving care and handing over to a Personal Advisor within the team.
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.
Manage a caseload of child in care cases within a framework of appropriate reflective supervision, undertaking focused, analytical assessments, prepare SMART care plans and reviews that have clear objectives and outcome measures in order to ensure that all looked after children receive a service that reflects the Council’s commitment to achieving positive outcomes for our looked after children. Ability to manage care proceedings and looked after children procedures is essential.
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.
Demonstrate and model good practice that reflects a commitment to relationship and strengths-based practice, working collaboratively with children and their families.
Work directly with children and young people to establish their lived experiences, wishes and feelings, using a variety of techniques, as required.
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.
Use the Signs of Safety practice model in assessments and interventions with looked after children, their families and their carers.
Demonstrate the ability to collaboratively engage and develop quality Life-story work with all Looked After Children so they have a good understanding of their family and their story both in care and before care.
Regularly review the progress and implementation of children’s care plans and update these based on new assessments or significant changes in the child’s circumstances.
Demonstrate the ability to influence others in an effort to help coordinate support services in the best way possible to keep children as safe and well cared for as possible.
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.
Participate in regular reflective supervision with your manager to review casework and critically reflect on and identify any areas of learning.
Maintain accurate and up to date records in line with Data Protection legislation (GDPR) and use Medway Council specific recording systems to keep contemporaneous case notes, regularly updating records, reports, plans and assessments so that information and planning for the children you work with is the most relevant and current.
Maintain a record of continuous professional development in accordance with Social Work England’s guidance.
Keep up to date with the Council’s organisational policies, government guidance, legislation, research and national trends in order to maintain the highest professional standards.