Children & Families Social Worker

Location Caerphilly, Caerphilly County Borough, Wales
Job type Contract
Salary £28 per hour
Contact Kelly Page
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Reference 157684

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company to the private and public sector has a locum vacancy for a Children & Families Social Worker to work based in Caerphilly.

The pay rate for this locum Children & Families Social Worker job is £28 per hour (Assignment rate) and is an initial 5-month contract.

The postholder will be required to work flexible hours, within and beyond the boundaries of the authority, which may include evenings and weekends.

Duties:

  • Deliver services to children and families in accordance with their assessed needs, and based on the assessment plan which has been agreed to meet those needs, and in accordance with statutory and directorate requirements
  • Recruit, train, assess and support carers to provide for children living away from home
  • Provide high quality assessment and/or care management to children and families who have been assessed as requiring ongoing intervention
  • Review intervention within statutory timescales ensuring plans for children are achieving the identified outcomes
  • Contribute to service development initiatives
  • Ensure effective multidisciplinary working with partner agencies
  • Represent the service at Court and/or Panel meetings
  • Manage and be accountable, with supervision and support, for your own social work practice
  • Assisting the team to reach its recruitment targets and improving the current level of retention of foster carers in line with the Fostering Recruitment and Retention Strategy
  • Provide high quality assessment and/or care management to children and families who have been assessed as requiring ongoing social services intervention
  • Assess need in accordance with Directorate policies, procedures and relevant assessment frameworks, to include Working Together to Safeguard Children, and other locally and nationally agreed protocols
  • Develop effective, outcome focussed intervention plans in consultation with children and young people themselves, and with their parents or carers, in order to safeguard their welfare, address risk and ensure that these plans are fully implemented and regularly reviewed
  • Maintain accurate case records in accordance with the Directorate policy, keeping such records up-to-date
  • Review intervention within statutory timescales ensuring plans for children are achieving the identified outcomes
  • Identify unmet need arising from assessments, and bring these to the attention of managers within Children’s Services
  • Assist in the collection of data by ensuring that the required administrative processes are properly completed at the required time
  • Attend agreed training to improve knowledge and skills, both for skill enhancement and personal development
  • Attend departmental meetings, and provide written or verbal reports as required
  • Liaise and work jointly with staff of other Directorates and agencies as appropriate
  • Ensure that all work is carried out in line with statutory requirements and the Directorate’s policies and procedures
  • Include provision of written reports, statements and the giving of verbal evidence
  • Identify unmet need arising from assessments, and bring these to the attention of managers within Children’s Services
  • Provide feedback to lead managers on service developments where necessary
  • Assist Children’s Services in reaching performance targets
  • Engage fully in regular supervision with the Team Manager, in accordance with the Directorate’s policy and procedure
  • Assist with and attend recruitment events as and when required
  • Contributing to ongoing service development of recruitment initiatives in order to meet recruitment targets
  • Complete statutory supervision and support requirements for Foster Carers as set out in the Fostering Service Regulations, including regular home visits, three monthly formal supervision visits, unannounced visits and Foster Carer Reviews
  • Contribute to and promote the established good initiative retention practices as outlined in the Fostering Retention Strategy
  • Supervise the work of students and provide guidance and support to junior staff
  • Updating and maintaining data systems
  • Make visits to families and other agencies as and when required
  • Work within the policies and procedures of the Council including recognising the duty to protect vulnerable adults, children and young people
  • Complete the CPEL within the first three years of practice
  • Evidence based practice

Requirements of the Children & Families Social Worker:

  • Diploma/Degree in Social Work or predecessor
  • Current Social Work Wales registration or the Health and Care Professions Council or the Scottish Social Services Council or the Northern Ireland Social Care Council
  • Experience of working with children and young people their families and carers
  • Demonstrate professional competence in social work practice
  • Have a good understanding of local and national agencies and to evidence positive partnership working in delivering outcome focussed plans for children and their families
  • Appropriate use of a desktop PC and mobile phone
  • Willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check/any other checks as required
  • Understands and demonstrates the principles of confidentiality
  • Understands and demonstrates commitment to the Council's policies
  • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing personal development
  • Awards leading to post qualifying award including Enabling Practice
  • Up to date knowledge of current legislation Research and Practice issues in childcare
  • Recent research and practice issues
  • Excellent communication skills with children, young people, their families/carers and professionals
  • A high standard of report and case recording skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Motivation and encouragement skills
  • Able to produce reports to deadlines
  • Welsh language skills
  • Able to undertake and complete assessments and reviews
  • Sound decision making/judgement skills
  • Effective case and time management
  • Ability to identify child/children at risk of actual or likelihood of significant harm
  • Effective IT skills
  • Experience of multi-agency working
  • Experience of Child Protection work
  • Experience of care proceedings
  • Experience of undertaking assessment work
  • Experience of working as part of a team
  • Flexible attitude, coupled with the ability to adapt approach within changing situations
  • Commitment to Caerphilly County Borough Councils Equal Opportunities Policy and to anti-discriminatory practice
  • Prepared to work flexible hours, within and beyond the boundaries of the authority, which may include evenings and weekends
  • Full UK Category B (Cars) driving licence and the use of a motor vehicle insured for business purposes to travel throughout the borough to attend meetings

Benefits of working for Sanctuary Personnel:

  • Daily payroll
  • Free DBS and compliance service
  • Access to exclusive roles that aren't available with other agencies
  • Your own dedicated consultant with extensive social work knowledge
  • Refer a Friend bonus - get £250 for each social worker you refer who we successfully place after 100 hours of work has been completed
  • Find your own job bonus - Receive £250 for bringing your own position to us
  • Clinical governance support with a specialist safeguarding team
  • In-house payroll system
  • Free digital copy of the Social Work News Magazine

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