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Social Worker (Looked After/Leaving Care) OCC7441

Job Details:

Salary Range: £29,909 - £36,153 pro rata, per annum (actual salary £14,954 - £18,076 per annum)

Work Location: Abbey House, Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3RD

Hours per week: 18.5

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: 20 January 2019

Interview date: 29 January 2019

Advert Text:

We are looking for a part-time Qualified Social Worker to work within our Looked After and Leaving Care team based in the south of Oxfordshire.

You will work with children and young people who, after full assessment, are deemed to need permanent care away from their own home, or a significant period of substitute care, whether subject to Care orders or Section 20 of the children act. To work with young people who qualify for a leaving care service. You will ensure services are planned and delivered in a way that maximises participation and reflects Children's rights in relation to services being provided; acts on views of children and young people and demonstrate Children's Rights are reflected in the way that you work with children and young people.

You will also be responsible for ensuring that all County Safeguarding and Child Protection policies are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies.

A Qualified Social Worker with current HCPC registration, you will have experience working with children, young people and their families either in a professional or voluntary capacity. 

In return we can offer regular formal and informal support, flexible working options and a safe, supportive and positive working environment.

We are an easy commute from many locations including Birmingham, North London, Newbury, Reading, Swindon and Warwick.

Role Responsibilities:

  • To be the allocated worker for children looked after and leaving care, wherever placed. To deliver services which are sensitive to the needs of children, young people and families, to the highest professional standards.
  • To encourage and support looked after children and leaving care young people to participate in all decision-making processes affecting their lives (according to their age and stage of development).
  • To provide ongoing timely assessment, planning, implementation and review for allocated cases, working in partnership with children, young people and families, and partner agencies.
  • To undertake effective analysis and management of risk for allocated children/young people, under the supervision of the team manager.
  • To implement Permanency plans and maintain up to date Care or Pathway Plans.
  • Work jointly with family placement colleagues in family finding and linking for permanency, and placement.
  • Conduct statutory visits, reviews, Court Reports, etc. in relation to Adoption Regulations.
  • Monitor and promote health, education and EET needs and any special needs, to ensure these are met and improve life chances.
  • Re-assess children/young people's needs in the light of changes in circumstances, behavior and family situation, etc. and undertake direct work with children/young people.
  • To comply with the requirements of relevant legislation, guidance, and practice standards, in accordance with Children’s Social Care Policies and Procedures and OSCB Safeguarding Procedures, including statutory visiting and related recording.
  • Ensure all records and information systems are kept accurate and up to date, including the inputting and updating of the Department’s computerized information systems.
  • Liaise with colleagues in all teams and acceptance of cases from Assessment and Family Support teams, according to established protocols.
  • To work closely with residential homes, foster carers and adopters as appropriate.
  • To also work closely with health, education, Virtual School, CAHMS and other professionals to ensure all needs are met.
  • Provide ongoing support to children leaving the looked after system to return home for a limited period, as agreed by protocols, etc.
  • To develop, monitor and review the Pathway Plans to ensure needs are met.
  • To provide and access various information, advice, planning and preparation, and holistic support to meet young people’s developing needs, especially in health, housing and post 16 careers.
  • To ensure young people are aware of and receive their financial entitlements.
  • To liaise with other agencies, especially housing and the Connexions service.
  • To coordinate the provision of services and take reasonable steps to ensure that the young person makes use of such services
  • To keep in touch with the young person and take reasonable steps to re-establish contact if this is lost.
  • Keep abreast of current research and national developments. 
  • To take part in the team duty system/rota.

Selection Criteria - Essential:

Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge:

  • Qualified Social Worker (B.A. Hons Degree, DipSW or CQSW) or equivalent
  • Willingness to undertake post qualifying training in Social Work
  • Must be registered with the HCPC



  • Worked with children and families (includes in a related field such as a student or volunteer)


Job related aptitude and skills:

  • Able to communicate appropriately and effectively with adults and children, and with other professionals
  • Able to produce timely and high quality written work - letters, forms, reports etc and follow directorate procedures
  • Able to produce word processed documents and operate computer information systems
  • Able to demonstrate good professional analytic, risk assessment and decision-making skills
  • Ability to chair meetings, including planning meetings
  • Understanding of the need for provision of high quality and effective services in the context of efficient use of resources
  • Commitment to continuous personal development
  • Demonstrable ability to act with high levels of trust and personal accountability


Personal qualities:

  • Can work as part of a team
  • Can work in a busy, sometimes stressful environment
  • Is committed to ensuring that a child’s welfare is paramount and to taking necessary steps to protect children.
  • Is committed to working in partnership with parents and carers
  • Is flexible and able to use their initiative, whilst accepting the need to work within policies and procedures.  


Special Requirements:

  • The ability to travel independently to a variety of premises, sometimes at short notice to visit service users and attend meetings.
  • Satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service Check


Equal Opportunities:

  • Commitment to, and understanding of, the principles of Equal Opportunities for all, in employment and the delivery of services.

Selection Criteria - Desirable:

Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge:

  • Has pursued additional training or personal study of relevant subjects
  • Consolidation Award or Specialist Award holder



  • Relevant post-qualifying experience.
  • Has work experience of child protection work.
  • Has experience of work with children who are looked after by the Local Authority.


Job related aptitude and skills:

  • Is open, creative and willing to explore new ways of working


Special Requirements:

  • Can offer some flexibility in working hours (for example evening visits when work cannot be completed at another time)
  • Car driver and car owner is desirable due to distances involved at times.

Vetting Requirements:

This role is subject to an Enhanced Criminal Records Check.

Please note, under safer recruitment practices, references will be sought prior to interivew.

This is a politically restricted post.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Kay Oxlade, Team Manager on 01865 897984.


Our Organisation 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.

As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 

All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to part time working and job share arrangements.

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