Social Worker (Experienced Level) Children in Care (LAC)

MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB

To provide a high quality and effective professional casework service, 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.

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.

ACCOUNTABILITIES

Manage a caseload within a framework of appropriate reflective supervision, undertaking focused, analytical assessments, 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.
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.

Consistently 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.

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.

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’s 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.

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 in line 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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