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Social Worker ​/Children

Job in London - England - UK
Posted by Dita Consulting
Full Time position
Listed on 2021-02-17
Job specializations:
  • Social Work
    Child Protection, Medical Social Worker
  • Child Care/Nannying
    Child Minding
Job Description & How to Apply Below
Position:  Advanced Social Worker /Children
Position:  Advanced Social Worker  - Children
Social workers possess and practice the full range of social work values, knowledge and skills required to improve the lives of children in need (CIN) and their families.  They must be registered to practice with the General Social Care Council under the terms of the code of conduct for social workers.

Social workers demonstrate competence and confidence in assessment, planning, implementation and review (APIR) in a wide range of CIN cases, including child protection, care proceedings and looked after children cases. They work collaboratively with other professionals, co-ordinating the team around the child, in order to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to safeguarding children and young people.

Social workers have the organisational skills to hold an average caseload of 15 CIN cases, depending on the nature of those cases, along with a number of other duties. They act as a link professional, providing advice and consultancy to early years centres, schools and other settings, in line with Every Child Matters: Agenda for Change.

Social workers possess the technical skills to maximise the benefit of the Council electronic client recording/reporting tool, maintaining accurate, up-to- date child records in compliance with the Integrated Children’s System.

Social workers are committed to continuously improving practice by developing their knowledge and skills through post qualifying training. They participate in high quality supervision that achieves an appropriate balance between reflective practice and accountability for performance/standards.
They take part in rigorous self evaluation through annual appraisal (PrP review) and half year reviews.

This job description provides the core job description for all children’s social workers. Specialisms are reflected in appropriate addendums.

Main Competencies and Responsibilities

1.Act as the lead professional in statutory cases that require a qualified social worker, including child protection, care proceedings and looked after children cases;

2.Undertake the full range of social work tasks with children in need and their families; assessment, planning, implementation and review (APIR);

3.Bring together and co-ordinate the team around the child to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to APIR and safeguarding;

4.Establish and develop collaborative working with allied health and social care practitioners from children’s and adults’ services;

5.Promote and model effective working arrangements with schools, children’s centres and other settings;

6.Develop a good understanding of evidence based practice and integrate models of best practice into day to day service delivery;

7.Participate positively in professional supervision and annual appraisal (PrP) review, taking personal responsibility for the quality of practice;

8.Take part in case/practice audits and contribute to peer audit arrangements as required:

9.Build professional credibility within the multi-professional partnership by achieving practice standards and meeting performance targets consistently; providing accredited practice teaching as required;

10.Actively contribute to team working, supporting colleagues, covering for colleagues in their absence and taking part in team meetings and development events;

11.Contribute to the development and delivery of the Team Improvement Plan;

12.Understand and integrate into practice the key policies of the Council in relation to social care with children and families, especially multi-disciplinary working, integration and whole family approaches;

13.Develop professional expertise in at least one of the key risk factors affecting the welfare of children; parental alcohol/substance misuse; parental mental health problems; domestic abuse; learning difficulties; and homelessness;

14.Develop an excellent knowledge base of and collaborative working with local preventative and targeted family support services, particularly those provided by the voluntary and community sector;

15.Demonstrate a high level of competence and confidence in the use of the Council electronic case recording/reporting tool, maintaining accurate and up-to-date child records in compliance with the
Integrated Children’s System;

16.Promote and demonstrate the meaningful participation of children, young people and parents/carers in the process of APIR, in all aspects of decision making and in shaping service delivery;

17.Understand, promote and integrate into practice Council policies in relation to valuing diversity and promoting equalities;

18.Consider and put forward ideas for improving the efficiency and the effectiveness of Council services to children and families;

19.Contribute to the review of Council policies and procedures, particularly guidance and protocols for social workers;

20.Enhance and promote the reputation of the Council as a provider of high quality services to children and families.
Position Requirements
Bachelor,   5 to 6 Years work experience
Social workers possess and practice the full range of social work values, knowledge and skills required to improve the lives of children in need (CIN) and their families.  They must be registered to practice with the General Social Care Council under the terms of the code of conduct for social workers.
Required Language Skills:
  • English - Very good
Contact Information
Contact Name: Dita Consulting
Preferred method of contact: Email with CV via Application Box below.
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