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Senior Social Worker LBHF10861

Job Details:

Salary Range: £38,403 - £47,274    
Work Location: 145 King Street Hammersmith, London W6 9XY
Hours per week: 36 
Contract type: Permanent 
DBS check: Enhanced
Closing date: 15 December 2019
Contact details for an informal discussion: Anna Keegan, Interim Head of Service on 07554 222683 or via email on ANNA.KEEGAN@LBHF.GOV.UK

Advert Text:

We want to appoint an exceptional candidate to the role of Senior Social Worker in the Family Support and Child Protection Team.

Hammersmith and Fulham, rated nationally by Ofsted as one of the top Local Authorities, never stops moving forward.  We have created a culture that fosters excellence and collaboration - a place where social workers are empowered to be creative and share ideas and advice. Our ambition is to focus even more on increasing the quality of our practice and the work with children, young people and families to sustain positive change.  One way in which we are achieving this ambition is through embedding systemic practice in everything we do and working alongside our onsite clinicians. As a department, we promote a highly supportive culture that allows you to do what you do best, encompassing individual mentoring, and having manageable workloads. As you continue to develop your expertise and experience, there will be new challenges and developmental opportunities both with case work but also as part of the wider organisation. 
The Family Support and Child Protection Team provide a wide range of long-term support to families, working with children subject to child protection plans, undertaking section 47 investigations, Court Work, Care Proceedings and working with Looked After Children. Acting as a role model and mentor to less experienced colleagues, you'll contribute to training initiatives and in-house core training courses. And, proactively maintaining your awareness of changes in child development and related theories, legislation, policies and practices, you'll share your knowledge and play an active role in maintaining, team-wide, high standards of social work.
 As a qualified Social Worker; you are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You have experience in dealing with child protection enquiries, completing assessments and managing timescales. What's more, you have in-depth knowledge of delivering children's services, including a good grasp of the issues and legislation involved.
Our offices are based in a vibrant and bustling high street and only a short stroll to the river.  Workers enjoy the regenerated shopping mall and great transport links which are well connected to all parts of London. 

When completing the relevant section of your application form, please address your answers directly to each of the selection criteria below, one by one.  This enables the panel to assess your ability to meet each criteria.

  • The ability to write coherent, comprehensive and up to date records and demonstrates file management skills in line with all policy requirements.  The ability and willingness to use a computerised client database and word processing package (including e-mail).
  • An understanding of the needs of children 'in need' or 'at risk' and those who are 'looked after' in relation to their age and development and the ability to implement and review effective plans in partnership with families and other professionals.
  • Ability to carry out comprehensive assessments of risk and need of children and families within agreed time-scales and implement and review written care plans, successfully demonstrating clear knowledge and understanding of legislative, policy and practice issues.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key policy and research issues in the field of childcare.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the organisational context on which the service is delivered i.e. the health authority, independent sectors, legal and corporate structures within the borough.
  • Demonstrate the potential to develop mentoring and supervisory skills and contribute to the development of the team.
Role Responsibilities:
  • To provide a service in line with statutory requirements and departmental priorities.
  • To participate in training as required in the interests of the service overall and of career development.
  • To participate in supervision.
  • To participate in team meetings
  • To participate in emergency duty rota within specific role.
  • To participate in written recording, or using new technology where appropriate.
  • Respond to public and other agencies by telephone, correspondence and direct contact in order to provide a service within departmental priorities.
  • Liaise with relevant external agencies e.g. police, health authority etc.
  • Liaise with relevant colleagues in other Divisions and Council Departments.
  • To be responsible for individual client case planning in line with the professional standards of the Department.
  • To be active in implementing the Council’s equal opportunities policy/in professional practice and service delivery.
  • To be responsible for professional decisions within the Department’s priorities framework and in relation to specific procedural guideline referring to consultation within Management.
  • To undertake service development tasks as appropriate.
  • To familiarise themselves with departmental policies and procedures.
  • To facilitate and undertake comprehensive risk assessments of children and families and carry a complex caseload involving multi-disciplinary work.  This includes court work, child protection and permanency planning.
  • To undertake specific tasks for absent colleagues on cases requiring action under the direction of the team manager/duty manager.
  • Chairing meetings, where appropriate, under direction of the team manager/duty manager.
  • To undertake student supervision and to be active student practice teachers.
  • To be responsible for setting up and facilitating local induction plans for new staff.
  • To take responsibility for updating specialist knowledge in a relevant area, developing practice and creating and updating information systems.
  • To represent the Department on working groups or liaison meetings involving Health, Housing and other agencies.
  • To contribute to local and departmental training on practice issues in line with departmental policies and procedures, in light of research findings and in line with the Divisional Training Strategy.
  • To supervise Family Support Workers by agreement with the Team Manager (Senior Social Workers will only be able to supervise Family Support Workers after supervising at least 2 student placements).
  • To draw up the duty rota.
People Values:

How we act defines who we are.  At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’.  We are looking for people have can build this into everything they do.

We are fair

We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.

We are caring

We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.

We are collaborators

We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.

We are driven

We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:

Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience.  We are looking for people who have the following attributes:


Complex problem-solving

The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change. 


Critical thinking

The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking.  You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources.  



You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations.  You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes.  


People management

You can get the best out of people.  You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development.  You are clear in your expectations and have exception feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals.  


Coordinating with others

You have the knack of working well with others.  You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others.  You will also can recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration.  


Emotional intelligence

You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics.  You can recognise motiving factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills. 


Judgement and decision making

You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions.  Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement.  



You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners.  This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level.  


Service orientation

You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery.  Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives.  You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives.  


Cognitive flexibility

The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach.  Applying cognitive flexibility to situation of significant change and transformation. 

Role Specific Qualifications:


Degree in Social Work and two years post-qualifying experience in childcare including legal proceedings, section 47 and direct work with children.

HCPC registration.


London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

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