What's involved with this role: An Enhanced DBS is required for this role. Please give details if you have one already in place. Taking out an Enhanced DBS check is likely to be required as a precondition to starting the assignment. Your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
Four Qualified Social Workers are required to join a Duty and Assessment Team. The Duty and Assessment service is the single point of contact for all safeguarding concerns relating to children and young people in the local area. Duties may include:
Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for. “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:
- Communicate clearly and sensitively, building effective relationships with children, young people and families and other professionals. Listen to their views and enable their full participation in assessment, planning, and review.
- Build and maintain high quality and appropriate professional relationships with children, young people and families to enable positive change to take place. Support children, young people and families even they are angry, hostile and resistant to change. Manage tensions between parents, carers and family members, in ways that show persistence, determination and professional confidence.
- Promote optimal child development and be alert to signs that may indicate that the child is not meeting key developmental milestones, has been harmed or is at risk of harm.
- Identify the impact of adult mental ill health, substance misuse, domestic abuse, physical ill health and disability on family functioning, social circumstances and child development.
- Carry out in-depth and ongoing family assessment of social need and risk to children, with particular emphasis on parental capacity and capability to change. Ensure that the voice of the child is heard, and that families and partner agencies contribute in a meaningful way to the assessment.
- Make realistic, child centred, plans within a review timeline, which will manage and reduce identified risks and meet the needs of the child. Ensure that children, young people and families, and partner agencies participate fully.
- Produce well argued, focused, and jargon free case notes, plans and reports e.g. single assessments and court reports. Present a clear analysis and a sound rationale for actions and conclusions.
- Evaluate and review the development and progress of children, young people and their families against the agreed plan, monitor their changing needs and evaluate impact. Amend plans as and when necessary.
- Social workers working in Child Protection and Disability services, Families First and Looked After Services will also lead the investigation of allegations of significant harm to children in consultation with other professionals and practice supervisors.
- Use the law, regulatory and statutory guidance to inform practice decisions. Make use of the best evidence from research to inform the complex judgements and decisions needed to support families and protect children.
- Be accountable for, and review own practice using supervision and reflective practice. Seek advice from a range of sources. Discuss, debate, reflect upon and test hypotheses.
- Maintain personal and professional credibility through effective working relationships with peers, managers and leaders both within the profession, throughout multi-agency partnerships and public bodies, including the family courts.
- Participate in developments to improve the quality of the service and improve outcomes for children, young people and families.
- Share learning with colleagues by mentoring, coaching, and reflective discussion.
- Maintain registration with Social Work England and adhere to the Social Work England standards of conduct, performance and ethics, and standards for continuing professional development.
Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable
- Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours
- Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
- Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
- Enhanced DBS Required: Your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service
- Degree in social work or equivalent social work qualification, e.g. Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work (PDDipSW) Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), Diploma in Social Work (DipSW), Certificate in Social Services (CSS)
- AND Current Social Work England Registration
- Post qualification modules in social work e.g. Practice Educator Award, Consolidation Module (Desirable)
- Successful completion of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) - (Desirable)
- **Please provide details of all qualifications held, especially any professional qualifications relating to the role
- Knowledge & Skills:
- Knowledge of a range of social work theories relevant to the role
- Knowledge of the main social care services and resources provided by the statutory, voluntary and independent sector
- Recognise harm and the risk indicators of different forms of harm to children
- Use the law, regulatory and statutory guidance to inform practice decisions
- Undertake analysis and make realistic, child centred, plans within timescales which will manage and reduce identified risks and provide support which meets the needs of the child
- Ability to empower children, young people and their families in make long term positive changes for their future
- Recent Government initiatives affecting social work (Desirable)
- Ability to identify relevant research and apply to practice (Desirable)
- Building effective relationships with children, young people and families
- Production of focused, and jargon free written case notes and reports, supported by clear analysis and a sound rationale for actions
- Working effectively with professionals from a diverse range of organisations
- Using initiative to organise own workload
- Using policies and procedures in social work practice
- Using IT to support effective working
- Application of legislation and national standards relevant to the role
- Care planning for children in need or in need of protection (Desirable)
- Direct work with families who have complex and multiple needs (Desirable)
- Using child observation skills, genograms, ecomaps, chronologies and other evidence-based tools to develop assessments (Desirable)
- Solution focused, strength based, motivational methods of direct work, assessment and intervention (Desirable)
- Working in an integrated team (Desirable)
- Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages
- Any local authority/public sector experience
- Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for
If you would prefer to send a CV straight to us rather than by way of an on-line application, you are very welcome to do so via firstname.lastname@example.org but please quote both the job reference and job title exactly as they appear below: Job Ref: SHC-Northampton HQ00018663.461 Anticipated Length of Assignment:
Unless otherwise stated (we do carry the occasional permanent vacancy) all of our roles are technically temporary, though opening assignments can be and often are, extended by clients on a longer term basis and can sometimes become permanent. Please do try to resist contacting us with requests for progress updates.
We really do read every CV sent to us. All applications will be acknowledged by a human, not a robot, provided the job remains live and provided your CV meets the “Essential Requirements” listed. Please note that we do our level best to take down ads as soon as roles have been filled. We are not in the business of harvesting CVs. Important
: We will interpret your application as being permission to submit your CV to this role (with the right to represent you) unless you advise us to the contrary.