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Social Worker OCC7708

Job Details:

Salary Range: £29,909 - £36,153 per annum

Work Location: Abbey House, Abingdon

Hours per week: 37

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Monday 4th February 2019

Interview date: To be confirmed

Advert Text:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a permanent  full time social worker in the Family Placement Team in Abingdon.


This role will focus on kinship work but will also provide support to the wider fostering team.


Please see below for further details.

Job Purpose:

  • To recruit a range of carers according to the needs of the children being looked after by the Department
  • To assess, prepare, train and support carers, including individual and group work
  • To undertake home studies/assessments on appropriate applications and present to Fostering Panel or file with the courts
  • To act as Supervising Social Worker to approved carers
  • To carry out Annual Reviews with all foster carers under the Fostering Regulations
  • To contribute to the assessment of the placement needs of children and young people and Family Find for them, according to their needs
  • To liaise with and work in close collaboration with other departmental staff and staff from other agencies, as required
  • Advise and assist in preparation of children for placement, either individually or in groups
  • To be a member of a Permanency or Fostering Panel, as required
  • To be involved in the development of new initiatives in accordance with the requirements of departmental policy
  • To provide advice and consultancy on family placement issues to colleagues within the department and other agencies, as requested
  • To attend LAC Reviews, Planning Meetings, Case Conferences, Panel, Court, Reviews, Team Meetings, Psychology Service Meeting and inter-agency meetings, as necessary or appropriate
  • This post holder is responsible for ensuring that all County Child Protection Policies are adhered to and concerns are raised in accordance with these policies

Role Responsibilities:

  • To organise work according to departmental priorities and to be responsible for managing own workload within legal and procedural requirements
  • To maintain written records, prepare reports and complete administrative tasks, as required by the department and agencies
  • To bring to the attention of the Team Manager, any factors affecting the maintenance of legal or departmental requirements or standards
  • To advise the Team Manager or Senior Staff member of any matter of concern, relating to the safety or protection of children
  • In consultation with Team Manager, to identify learning needs and participate in training events and other learning opportunities
  • To maintain management information systems, as required
  • To provide information for users/potential users, regarding the nature and availability of resources
  • To take responsibility for personal contribution to the appraisal, supervision and development processes and procedures
  • To participate in Team Meetings, sharing responsibility and accountability for the quality of the service provided
  • Ensure adherence to statutory and departmental policies and procedures in relation to professional and administrative matters within levels of authority, e.g. complaints, health and safety, clients, specific policies/procedures
  • 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
  • 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, therefore, 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
  • A review of this job description will be carried out as part of the annual appraisal


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 check the website

Essential Criteria:

Education achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge

  • CQSW/CSS/DipSW /BA Hons degree or equivalent Social Work qualification
  • Willingness to undertake appropriate training for the role
  • Must be registered with the HCPC



  • Social work experience within a children and families statutory setting
  • Experience in working with children and/or family placement
  • Has worked with children and families (possibly in a related field, as a student, or a volunteer)
  • Is committed to working in partnership with parents


Job related aptitude and skills

  • Ability to attend work regularly and on time
  • Can communicate effectively with adults and children
  • Can produce appropriate written work (letters, forms, reports etc) and following Departmental procedures
  • Aptitude or willingness to train in order to produce word processing documents and operate information systems


Personal qualities

  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Can work as part of a team
  • Can work in a busy, sometimes stressful environment, supported by our priority and workload system
  • Committed to ensuring that a child's welfare is paramount and to taking necessary action to protect children
  • Flexibility and ability to use their initiative, whilst accepting the need to work within policies and procedures
  • Represent department is positive way
  • Open, creative, willing to explore new ways of working


Special Requirements

  • The ability to visit clients and attend meetings across the county and at short notice.  Many of the locations do not have access to public transport; therefore you will need to have access to a car in order to meet business needs
  • Occasionally, the post holder will have to travel out of the county and this may involve overnight stays
  • Ability to work evenings and some weekends, where appropriate


Equal Opportunities

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

Desirable Criteria:

Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge

  • Training in Home Study assessments, Fostering Legislation, Children's Rights, Risk Management, Effective Practice, Permanency Planning.
  • Has completed additional training or personal study of relevant subjects
  • PQ1 holder/Child Care Award holder


Job related aptitude and skills

  • IT skills

Vetting Requirements:

This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check.

Please note, references will be sought prior to interview.

Contact details for an informal discussion:

Please contact Wendy Queralt on 01865 897986.


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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