Qualified Social Worker - Intervention and Planning Team

Capita Social Care Recruitment
North London, London
08 Jun 2017
08 Jul 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

After a very successful recruitment drive Barnet Council are looking to recruit more motivated and committed permanent Social Workers to work within the Intervention and Planning Team (Children & Families).

The successful candidate will provide social work and services to children, young people and their families to improve the well-being of vulnerable people and fulfil the statutory obligations of the Council.

Skills and Experience Required:

  • Degree/post graduate or equivalent recognised social work qualification
  • Registration with Health & Care Professional Council
  • Completion of ASYE accreditation. (Assessed and Supported Year in Employment)
  • Minimum of 2 years experience of working in a front-line setting within safeguarding and child protection
  • Experience of statutory work including court work.

Training within:

  • Children Act
  • Child Protection Work
  • Direct Work with Children
  • Assessment skills
  • Integrated Children's Systems

Knowledge of:

  • Responsibility of Local Authority Children's Service in relation to children and families
  • Children Act 1989 and 2004 and DOH Guidance, Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • Child abuse enquiries
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities for users and staff, and anti-discriminatory practices
  • Has lived or worked in a multi-cultural environment

Key accountabilities/duties/responsibilities:
Professional Direction

  • The job holder may be directed to a particular specialism of recognised social work
  • Work assignments will be undertaken under the regular direction and supervision of a senior line manager and professional social work educators
  • The key accountabilities will be undertaken in accordance with relevant statutes, guidance, regulations, policies and procedures and the HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers

Case Management

  • Take responsibility as key worker for an assigned caseload of identified users that have a variety of relevant need circumstances in order to improve the user's situation and well-being. (Examples: children and young people who are 'in need', looked after by the Council, on a child protection plan, the subject of care proceedings or care leavers.)
  • Undertake a balanced range of cases with some complexities of risk and ambiguity ensuring that increasing case complexities are referred and discussed with supervisors.
  • Undertake established, analytical evidence based assessments of the user's circumstances in order to recommend to the necessary authorities the appropriate level of intervention and of service provision.
  • Develop, agree, implement and review explicit care plans for the assigned cases that will contribute to the achievement of improvements to the user's well-being within the overall objectives of the Council's Family Services Delivery Unit.
  • Ensure that the appropriate management are informed of the caseload's current and proposed casework plans and developments to assure the appropriate authorisation is obtained, verified and reviewed.
  • Write and maintain case records to the required standards, to enable informed review, data security, audit, reports and other administrative requirements.
  • Organise, Chair or participate in reviews and meetings attended by the child/young person, user interested parties, relevant colleagues and representatives of other agencies to identify issues and agree actions to be taken. (Examples: health, education, probation, police, courts, Counsel, solicitors, CAFCASS [Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service].)
  • Prepare for and represent the Council during court proceedings in order to recommend and seek legal interventions that are in the best interests of the child/young person.
  • Assist in the development of service policies, procedures and working practices at local, departmental and inter-agency levels.
  • Encourage appropriate user participation in the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the service.
  • To engage in reflective practice.

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Capita Social Care Resourcing is acting as an Employment Business in relation to this vacancy.