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Social Worker - Looked After and Leaving Care Team (Children's Services) OCC9824

Job Details:

Team:  Looked After Children and Leaving Care

Grade: 10-11

Salary: £30,507 - £36,876

Hours: 37

Contract: Temporary maternity cover 12 months

Responsible to: Team Manager

Responsible for: Support Staff as allocated

Closing Date: 26th March 2019

Interview Date: 2nd April 2019


If you are a newly qualified social worker you will undertake the Council’s Programme of Assessed Supported Year in Employment

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Qualified Social Worker 37 hours per week to offer maternity cover for a 12 month period.


To 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.

To ensure that 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.

This post holder is responsible for ensuring that all County Safeguarding and Child Protection policies are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies


Job Purpose:

  • 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, behaviour 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.


Role Requirements:

The nature of this post will require flexibility to meet urgent work needs as they arise.  This will inevitably entail some work outside normal office hours. 


The job description is not intended to be exhaustive.  The post holder will be expected to adopt a flexible attitude to the duties which may have to be varied after discussion, subject to the needs of the Service and in keeping with the general profile of the post.


The nature of the post requires the ability to visit service users and attend meetings across the county and at short notice.  Occasionally the post holder will have to travel out of county and this may involve overnight stays.


If you are appointed to this post you will be expected to abide by the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers which will be issued to you. If you wish to have further information prior to your interview, please access the website at

Oxfordshire County Council is re-organising office accommodation across the county, and the location of this post may change. The successful applicant for this position will be kept informed by his/her line manager of any proposed change in location.


A review of this job description will be carried out as part of the annual appraisal.


Health and Safety

Undertake the health and safety responsibilities and duties defined for your role as set out in annex I (b).


ANNEX I (b)                     Employees (Non-managers) Working in the community

Health and Safety Roles and Responsibilities


It is the responsibility of every employee to co-operate with their employer to ensure the effective discharge of health and safety responsibilities. As an employee you are expected to:

  • To be part of and promote a positive and pro-active health and safety culture;
  • Ensure you are familiar and comply with the Council’s health and safety policies and procedures;
  • Ensure your work is carried out with due regard for the health and safety of yourself and others (employees, service users, carers, public etc.);
  • Ensure reasonable precautions are taken to ensure your own safety when travelling alone or visiting service users at home;
  • Check any hazard checklist before visiting new service users;
  • Ensure you leave details of visits and timescales when working away from your office base;
  • Ensure that, when not returning to the office from a visit you arrange to confirm the conclusion of that visit with a member of the team or other designated contact;
  • Support your line manager in the delivery of good health and safety practice and the minimising of risks;
  • Ensure you draw to managers attention health and safety problems or deficiencies in the workplace;
  • Ensure safety events (accidents, incidents and near misses) are reported with a view to preventing a recurrence.


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


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




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


  • 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:


  • 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


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


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.



  • 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.


Equal Opportunities:


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



Oxford County Council Competencies:

  • Customer focus - Treat customers as you would want to be treated; see things through their eyes and enable them to do more for themselves where possible.
  • Honesty – Be open and transparent about your work. Operate with integrity showing an openness to learn from feedback and recognise where you need to change, improve or stop doing things.
  • One Team – Focus on the outcome to be achieved, take ownership of your responsibilities and work with colleagues across the council and beyond to deliver.
  • Innovation – Challenge the way things have always been done; take appropriate risks and look for opportunities to work differently to improve services.
  • Commercial – Be as careful with the council's money as you would your own. Make the most of opportunities to improve the quality of services by getting real value from internal and external relationships, and securing the best outcome.
  • Enthusiasm – Bring energy and commitment to your work, be proactive and
  • Open to change and look for opportunities to contribute to service improvement and organisational goals.


Contact details for an informal discussion:

If you wish to discuss this role further please contact Kay Oxlade 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 flexible working arrangements.

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