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.
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.
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 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’.
Qualified Social Worker.
Successful completion of ASYE year together with two years’ experience of working with children and families.
Working towards Practice Educator Professional Standards (desirable)
Registration with Social Work England
Proven experience in the use of ‘Signs of Safety’ or a willingness to be trained.
Demonstrable experience in relationship and strengths-based practice, working collaboratively with children, young people and their families
Demonstrable experience of undertaking direct work with children and young people.
Demonstrable experience in child protection, looked after children and court work.
Proven experience in one or more areas of social work practice i.e. Substance misuse, sexual and criminal exploitation and have a broader knowledge of local and national resource networks.
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.
Demonstrable ability to build sound, productive working relationships with colleagues, partners and other staff.
Demonstrates strong 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 write high quality written reports which are suitable for a variety of professional settings.
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 determine which interventions, knowledge and skills to deploy to effectively respond to different issues.
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 setting 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
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.
DESCRIBE ANY SUPERVISORY/MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
The post holder will have no direct line management responsibility, although they will be expected to assist and provide support to less experienced staff.
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.
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.
The post holder will be based in one of Medway Council’s establishments.