Social Worker – Assessment

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB 

To work proactively with children and families using the Signs of Safety practice model, in order to effectively understand and assess their needs and risks, and provide a clear plan in response, which may transfer to a social work team for a statutory intervention, facilitate access to early help, or signpost to other community-based services.

 

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.

 

ACCOUNTABILITIES

Manage a 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 safeguarding and putting the needs of individual children first.

Demonstrate and model good practice that reflects a commitment to relationship and strengths based practice, working collaboratively with children, young people and their families.

 

Work directly with children and young people to establish their wishes and feelings, using a variety of techniques, as required.

 

Use the Signs of Safety practice model in assessments and interventions with children and their families.

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.

 

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.

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 supervision with your manager to review casework and critically reflect on, and identify any areas of learning.

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.

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.

Successful completion of ASYE year

Registration with Social Work England

EXPERIENCE

Demonstrable experience of working with children and families

Ability to use ‘Signs of Safety’ or a willingness to be trained

Demonstrable experience of undertaking direct work with children and young people and being able to evidence understanding of the child’s lived experience.

Demonstrable experience in relationship and strengths-based practice, working collaboratively with children, young people and their families

Demonstrable experience in child protection and court work.

KNOWLEDGE

Ability to use advanced theoretical/practical/procedural/ organisational /policy knowledge across a specialist area

Knowledge and experience of working with vulnerable children in a statutory setting.

Knowledge and experience in the application of relevant legislation, statutory guidance, standards and local policies and procedures.

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

SKILLS

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.

Demonstrates 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

Ability to maintain accurate and up to date case records in a timely manner

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 evidence use of relationship building and strengths-based practice in assessments and interventions with children and their families.

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 work under pressure and manage time and workload effectively.

Ability to work within a court settings 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

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

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

DESCRIBE HOW AND BY WHOM THE POST IS MANAGED

The post holder will be line managed by the Team Manager

 

DESCRIBE THE LEVEL OF INITIATIVE AND/OR INDEPENDENCE EXPECTED OF THE POST HOLDER

The post holder will work independently within clear guidelines and regularly use initiative to make decisions, referring to more senior officers for advice on policy/resource issues.   The post holder will be able to use their initiative to broaden their repertoire of responses.

DESCRIBE ANY SUPERVISORY/MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES

The post holder will have no direct line management responsibility.

 

JOB CONTEXT – DESCRIBE THE MAIN CONTACTS, BOTH INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL AND THE PURPOSE OF THOSE CONTACTS

The post holder will be required to liaise with all stakeholders both internal and external to the organisation, including working with Police, YOT, Youth Service, Education services, Health, Schools and other professionals both within and outside of the team, young people and their families.

 

FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

None; however the post holder must have the ability to understand cost implications of resource allocation, financial packages and make recommendations to managers about efficient and cost effective use of resources.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

The post holder will be based in one of Medway Council’s establishments.

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