Advanced Social Worker - Referral and Assessment Team

Location North Somerset, Somerset
Job type Contract
Salary Up to £30.00 per hour
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Sanctuary Social Care currently has a vacancy for an Advanced Social Worker to work within a Referral and Assessment Team based in North Somerset. The ideal candidate will possess highly developed specialist knowledge of social work practice in children's services and be registered with the HCPC.

The pay rate for the Locum Advanced Social Worker role is £30 (LTD Company equivalent) per hour an is an intial 3-month contract.

Main Competencies and Responsibilities

As part of the Community Family Service around the family approach:

  • Undertake the full range of social work tasks with children in need and their families - Assessment, Planning, Intervention and Review (APIR), ensuring a minimum of 50% of time is involved in direct work. As a worker you will be expected to provide a high level of direct work at an agreed local level.
  • Undertake a range of intervention with children and families including group work, family work and solution focused intervention, parenting work etc jointly, as appropriate, with other staff within the Community Family Service.
  • Contribute to undertaking early intervention/preventative work, aiming to take 20% of the case load as preventative work.
  • Promote and demonstrate the meaningful participation of children, young people and parents/carers in the process of assessments, planning, intervention and review, and in all aspects of decision making and in shaping service delivery.
  • Act as the lead professional key worker in statutory cases that require a qualified social worker, including high-level children in need cases, child protection, care proceedings and looked after children cases.
  • Contribute to or bring together and co-ordinate the team around the family to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach in those cases where children subject to safeguarding plans, care proceedings, or admission to accommodation.
  • Establish and develop collaborative working with allied health and social care practitioners from children's and adults' services and other agencies such as schools, housing, the police, and voluntary organisations.
  • Develop a good understanding of evidence based practice and integrate models of best practice into day to day service delivery.
  • Remain up to date with relevant legislation and procedures.
  • Participate positively in professional supervision and annual appraisal review, taking personal responsibility for the quality of practice.
  • Build professional credibility within the multi-professional partnership by achieving practice standards and meeting performance targets consistently; providing accredited practice teaching as required.
  • Actively contribute to the Community Family Service working, supporting colleagues, covering for colleagues in their absence and taking part in team meetings and development events.
  • 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.
  • 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 and share your experienced and expertise with other members of the team.
  • Develop an excellent knowledge base of and collaborative working with preventative and targeted family support services, particularly those provided by the voluntary and community sector.
  • Demonstrate a high level of competence and confidence in the use of Council electronic case recording/reporting tool, maintaining accurate and up to date child records.
  • Understand, promote and integrate into practice Council policies in relation to valuing diversity and promoting equalities.
  • Consider and put forward ideas for improving the efficiency and the effectiveness of Council services to children and families.
  • Contribute to the review of Council policies and procedures, particularly guidance and protocols for social workers.
  • Enhance and promote the reputation of the Council as a provider of high quality services to children and families.

Requirements for the Social Worker:

  • Degree or equivalent in social work
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Significant senior level frontline experience within Children's Services

Apply today:

This Social Worker job is advertised by Mark Andrews; if you are interested in this position please click below to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.

Reasonable Adjustments:

If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.