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Senior Social Worker LBHF35875

Job Details:

Salary Range: Social Worker £35,067 - £39,462, Senior Social Worker £39,462 - £47,568 per annum 
Work Location: 145 King Street, London W6 9XY
Hours per week: 36
Contract type: Permanent 
DBS check: Enhanced 
Politically Restricted post: No 
Closing date: 28 February 2021
Contact details for an informal discussion: Khushali Supeda, ICAT Team Manager, on 020 8753 5540 or via email: KHUSHALI.SUPEDA@LBHF.GOV.UK


2 vacancies in ICAT for Senior Social Worker

2 vacancies in CAS for Social Workers/Senior Social Workers

Advert Text:

We currently have vacancies in two areas of our Contact and Assessment Service. We want to appoint exceptional candidates to the role of Social Worker or Senior Social Worker in Initial Consultation and Advice Team (ICAT) and Contact and Assessment Service (CAS).

Hammersmith and Fulham, rated nationally by Ofsted as one of the top Local Authorities, never stops moving forward. Our ambition is to focus even more on increasing the quality of our practice and the work with children, young people and families in order to sustain positive change. As a department, we promote a highly supportive culture that allows you to do what you do best, encompassing individual mentoring, having manageable workloads and clear developmental opportunities.

Please ensure that within your application, you make it clear which role & service area you are applying for you in your application.

Initial Contact and Assessment Team (ICAT)

ICAT is the first point of contact for children and families in need of children social care services. The team is a consultation-based service that provides in-depth information and form composite views of all contacts relating to children and young people that arrive at Hammersmith. The team work closely with other front-line services in the borough and in close partnership with the police, the Tri Borough Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub and key partner agencies to provide a quality and responsive service to residents, partners and stakeholders.

You will be responsible for providing quality checks, gathering information from various sources, forming recommendations based on a multi-agency risk assessment framework and progressing these accordingly within tight timescales. Your aim will be to provide the best possible service by championing high standards, driving forward improvements and ensuring that we work closely with other agencies and teams.

Contact and Assessment Service (CAS)

The Contact and Assessment team carry out single child and family assessments to assess children’s safety, needs and parents capacity to protect. As a Social Worker in the Contact and Assessment service, you will be responsible for implementing initial Child Protection plans, initiating Court proceedings, when necessary, and formulating Child In Need plans for those young people identified within the borough as in need of safeguarding or support. As a Social Worker, you will have the ability to assess risk, protective factors and implement plans to safeguard children. You will have the ability to use the assessment timescales as a period of intervention with family’s, to attempt to facilitate sustainable change, safeguard children and make threshold recommendations for longer term involvement from statutory and non- statutory services. You will be responsible for developing relationships with family’s and collaborating with professional networks to understand and assess the needs of family’s.

Role Responsibilities:

As a qualified Social Worker, you will need to be registered with the Social Work England (previously HCPC). You will have experience in dealing with child protection enquiries, completing duty assessments and managing timescales. What’s more, you will have in-depth knowledge of delivering children’s services, including a good grasp of the issues and legislation involved. As a qualified Social Worker, you’ll be responsible for providing quality checks, gathering information from various sources, forming recommendations based on a multi-agency risk assessment framework and progressing these accordingly.                                                                                                                                                                                          


For more information about the role, please see the full Job Description

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 who 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.
  • Social Work England registration.


Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and 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.
Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.


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