Social Worker - Safeguarding and Children in Care POD

Location Maidenhead, Berkshire
Job type Permanent
Salary £35448 - £42888 per annum
Contact Amanda Hubert
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Reference HQ00091318_1573222509

Sanctuary Social Care currently has a permanent vacancy based in Maidenhead for a Social Worker to work within a Safeguarding and Children in Care Pod. The ideal candidate will possess highly developed specialist knowledge of Social Work Practice in Children's Services and be registered with the HCPC.

As the post holder of this role, you will receive a competitive salary of £35,448 - £42,888 per annum.

Main Purpose:

  • To work as a member of a Safeguarding and Children in Care pod providing both statutory and preventative services. The teams' main functions are the assessment and planning for children in need, those subject to protection plans and those children in the care of the Local Authority. Social Workers will work within the context of the relevant legislation and guidance, in particular 'Working Together', 'The Framework for the Assessment of Children and their Families' and the ICS planning documentation for children in care.

Main Responsibilities/Duties:

  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of children in line with the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, Children and Families Act 2014, and working Together to Safeguard Children guidance 2013, giving due consideration to their race, culture, religion and linguistic background.

  • To assess or investigate such cases as are referred, within the department's eligibility criteria, to establish level and type of need.

  • To carry a caseload and be responsible for assessment and planning for children and young people in compliance with casework objectives, statutory and departmental policy and procedural requirements, consistently maintaining the highest level of professional standards.

  • To undertake direct social work responsibilities as an allocated worker to the children and young people assigned, investigating concerns regarding a child or young person's safety or wellbeing, make an assessment of the risk and protective factors in the family and decide on the most appropriate course of action.

  • To work to range of legal options to support investigation and protection and accommodation; if required give evidence in court; using contingency planning to anticipate complexity and changing circumstances.

  • Complete longer-term work with families in order to meet identified need and improve outcomes.

  • To ensure the provision of clear written reports to child protection conferences, reviews, planning meetings and any other purpose as required, ensuring good quality casework analysis and risk assessment is evident throughout.

  • To ensure reports and case notes are prepared for Court are of high quality, and to support and prepare workers in the Court process, including giving evidence in Court, as required.

  • To work with children and young people, families, carers and communities to formulate care plans in partnership, based on their assessment of need, enabling them to clarify and express their needs and contribute to their planning.

  • To ensure the planning and review of statutory work with children and young people is in accordance with statutory regulation and to produce written reports and other documentation for this purpose.

  • To prepare and maintain case records and other casework information on the Integrated Children's System (ICS), in accordance with the department's policy and timescales.

  • To involve service users throughout assessment and planning processes.

  • To maintain an awareness of own professional limitations and knowledge gaps. To make effective use of supervision and appraisal as an opportunity to critically reflect on casework and to identify learning and development needs to continually improve upon practice; and to support continual professional development.

  • To raise and address (where appropriate) issues of poor practice, internally through the organisation, and then independently if required.

  • To work within the organisation's professional policy and procedures and code of conduct.

Requirements of the Social Worker:

  • Degree or equivalent in social work

  • Current HCPC registration

  • Significant senior level frontline experience within children's services

  • At least 1 years post qualified experience

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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.