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Social Worker - Children's Services OCC9743

Job Details:

Salary Range: £30507 - £36876

Grade: 10/11 (Progression framework will be in place for transition between grade 10 and grade 11)

Team: Family Support Service (Statutory team)
Work Location: Barton Children & Family Centre, Oxford
Hours per week: 37hrs, with a flexible work pattern to meet the aims of the service
Contract type: Permanent
Closing date: 1st April 2019
Interview date: 8th April 2019

Advert Text:

 

MAIN PURPOSE(S) OF JOB:

  • To work with children, families, other agencies and the community to improve the lives of children and families, enabling them to be independent, safe and remain together where possible, receiving the right intervention and support when needed.

 

FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE AIMS:

  • To provide timely support and interventions to vulnerable families to address safeguarding concerns and reduce risks to children and young people
  • To provide case work to children, young people and families who meet the threshold for the service, these will include children and young people whose needs approach but do not reach the thresholds for statutory intervention ( as defined by the matrix of needs) , and those who require a statutory response through CIN, CP or LAC.
  • To offer a range of group programmes to children, young people and families who meet the threshold for the service
  • To deliver and co-ordinate services within the designated Children and Family Centres
  • To provide both casework and group programmes through outreach to venues other than the Children and Family Centres
  • Provide services in-line with the expectations of the Thriving Families programme

 

Newly Qualified Social Workers will be required to undertake the council’s Assessed and Supported Year in Employment. During this first practice year cases will be allocated that are deemed suitable for a newly qualified worker under supervision of the manager and/or more experienced workers.

Role Responsiblities:

  • Undertake effective assessment of need, analysis and management of risk for allocated children.
  • Conduct statutory work with children who are subject to Child In Need plans, Child Protection Plans or children who are Looked After up to the point that permanency plans are put in place.
  • Carry out statutory visits, monitor and assess children’s safety and welfare and act promptly on any concerns.
  • Take responsibility for cases until they are closed or referred to another service. Including the escalation of cases to appropriate statutory and specialist teams such as Youth Offending Service, Looked After Children/Leaving Care and the de-escalation of statutory cases to workers in the Family Support Service (early help) or universal services.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with children and young people, their families and carers; providing advice and support and helping resolve conflict, where appropriate
  • Help children and young people, families, carers and communities to make informed choices and decisions, enabling them to clarify and express their needs and contribute to service planning.
  • Maintain accurate and up to date case management records and produce concise, comprehensive and timely assessment and reports for child protection conferences, Children In Need meetings, planning meetings, court hearings etc.
  • Prepare and manage cases for court, including liaison with children’s guardians and other legal representatives.
  • Work with colleagues, other agencies and community resources to ensure that families are offered support in their localities wherever possible.
  • Represent the service in multi-agency forums and locality working.
  • Participate in learning opportunities and developments in social work practice.
  • Contribute to the facilitation of evidence based group programmes across the locality.
  • Supervision of students and contribution to the induction of newly qualified social workers or support staff.

 

For all staff:

The post holder will be required to undertake mandatory training, provide evidence of ID and residence and hold a satisfactory enhanced DBS that is renewed every 3 years.

 

 

Work in accordance with the Corporate values and competency framework.Link to County Council Values

 

Health and Safety

You have specific responsibilities under Health & Safety legislation to ensure that you:

 

  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety, and that of others affected by what you do, or do not do.
  • Cooperate on all issues involving health and safety.
  • Use work items provided for you correctly, in accordance with training and instructions.
  • Do not interfere with or misuse anything provided for your health, safety or welfare.
  • Report any health and safety concerns to your line manager as soon as practicable.

Role Requirements:

 

Newly Qualified Social Workers

 

Qualifications, Training and Professional Registrations

Essential:

  • Qualified and HCPC registered Children's Social Worker.
  • Commitment to continual learning and development.

Desirable:

  • Experience of relevant training.

 

Skills and Knowledge:

Essential:

  • An understanding of the impact of abuse, social deprivation and disadvantage on children, young people and their families
  • Knowledge of children’s social care theory, legislation and practice in relation to working in a statutory children's setting.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the application of safeguarding principles.
  • Good understanding of the nature of the work and the difficult and complex decisions required to promote a child's welfare.
  • Ability to produce concise and accurate written work including reports and case records to deadline.
  • Ability to analyse information and make appropriate decisions and judgments for the welfare of children and young people.

Desirable:

  • Experience of working within a statutory child care setting which could include a placement.

 

Interpersonal skills

Essential:

  • Ability to make the best use of the knowledge, support and expertise of managers, colleagues and other professionals .
  • Good communication skills with the ability to build relationships and engage with children and families and other professionals.

Personal Qualities

Essential:

  • Resilience with the ability to manage the emotional impact of the work, actively making use of appropriate support.

 

Key Competencies
Essential:

  • Ability to integrate and apply social work knowledge, values and skills to practice situations in a purposeful, intentional, ethical and professional manner to promote well being

 

Equal Opportunities

Essential:

Act with integrity and impartiality, promoting a working environment that supports the Council’s values.

 

Special Requirements:

  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Ability to travel to and access a variety of premises.
  • Some flexibility in working arrangements/hours to meet operational requirements including responding to emergencies.
  • Safely transport children and families to venues across the county.

 

 

Role Requirements:

 

Social Worker (experienced)

 

Qualifications, Training and Professional Registrations

Essential:

  • Qualified and HCPC registered Children's Social Worker.
  • Strong commitment to continual professional development.

Desirable:

  • Post qualification training.

 

Skills and Knowledge

Essential:

  • An understanding of the impact of abuse, social deprivation and disadvantage on children, young people and their families
  • Knowledge of Children’s Social Care and Early Help theory, legislation and practice and an ability to apply it within the working environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the application of safeguarding principles.
  • Knowledge of threshold of needs matrix and early help services
  • Experience of working with complex cases in a children and families statutory setting, including court work
  • Experience of working in an unpredictable, fast paced environment and managing competing and changing priorities
  • Ability to demonstrate strong child centred and family focused practice.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills including the ability to record and produce concise, accurate written work including reports and case records to deadline.
  • Excellent analytical skills and planning skills with the ability to make well informed decisions.
  • Experience of acting as a professional representative of the service including leading multi-professional meetings.
  • Commitment to inter-agency working to promote the best possible outcomes for children.
  • Commitment to ensuring that work is transferred to other teams/colleagues in a timely and appropriate manner.

Desirable:

  • Experience of working within the Public Law Outline
  • Experience of running evidence-based group programmes for service users
  • Experience in mentoring/supervising less experienced staff or students

 

Interpersonal Skills

Essential:

  • The ability to make good, honest, professional relationships with vulnerable children and their families in order to produce plans of the highest quality.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and be responsive to the needs of individuals or the team.
  • Appreciation and respect for the contribution of other professionals to planning for children and young people.

 

Personal Qualities

Essential:

 

  • Resilience with the ability to manage the emotional impact of the work, actively making use of appropriate supports.
  • Ability to reflect on practice and put learning into practice using appropriate supports.

 

Key Competencies

Essential:

  • Ability to integrate and apply social work knowledge, values and skills to practice situations in a purposeful, intentional, ethical and professional manner to promote well-being.

Equal Opportunities:

Essential:

  • Act with integrity and impartiality, promoting a working environment that supports the Council’s values.

 

Special Requirements

  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Ability to travel to and access a variety of premises.
  • Some flexibility in working arrangements/hours to meet operational requirements including responding to emergencies.
  • Safely transport children and families to venues across the county.

Vetting Requirements:

 

This role is subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

Contact details for an informal discussion:

If you wish to discuss this role further please contact Susan Evans on 07500943313.

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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