Duty and Assessment- Children’s Social Worker- Northamptonshire

Job Category: Social Care
Reference
Service Northamptonshire
Contract Type Temporary
Duration 3months Ongoing
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate £36.00 per hour

About the job:

We are looking to speak with Qualified Social Workers and Consultant Social Workers to join Northamptonshire County Councils Duty and Assessment Team (DAAT) to support young people and their families to ensure the welfare of children and young people is safeguarded and they are protected in accordance with the legal and statutory obligations of Northamptonshire County Council.

We have roles in various locations across Northamptonshire, including; Kettering, Wellingborough, Northampton, Daventry and Corby.

 

 

 

  • Carry out Initial, Core and other specialised assessments as per national guidelines and within prescribed timescales in order to formulate support plans for service users and co-ordinate their implementation or refer the case to the appropriate service area for support to child/family.
  • Manage cases varying in complexity, organise packages of support to service users, assess levels of risk to their health and wellbeing for them and their families /carers, monitor and review their situations so that support can be adjusted as appropriate to their needs.
  • Work directly with family members providing advice and guidance. Work to empower service users, promote their participation in planning and evaluation of services to increase their levels of self sufficiency, competence and to facilitate independence from social service assistance.
  • Liaise with and take a professional lead in involving appropriate staff and agencies and cases and arrange for contact as necessary to meet the needs of service users and within the remit of the County Council. Take initiative in establishing resource, for instance, group work programmes and specialist counselling to meet the needs of service users.
  • Attend and participate in multidisciplinary teams and meetings, planning reviews with colleagues and relevant professional staff to assist and analyse the needs of service users and to plan care programmes in accordance with those needs.
  • Ensure all information and reports relevant to work carried out is recorded, updated and completed in an efficient and timely manner and according to Directorate/legislative policies and procedures so that decisions made and acted upon are fully evidenced and provide sufficiently for audit, court or any other legitimate purpose.
  • Give written/verbal evidence in court/adoption/fostering panels when required to do so, carry out all necessary planning and assessments related to proceedings in conjunction with relevant professionals, and provide and deliver evidence to support decisions and recommendations made by social services to safeguard children at risk.
  • Implement actions agreed by the courts to ensure the safety and wellbeing of service users within the specified timeframe. This could be instant removal of children from their home and placement in an appropriate care or foster home or less immediate actions to secure their wellbeing and to link with colleagues in other agencies to enable successful partnership working within a climate of mutual respect
  • Demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.
  • Ensure that reasonable care is taken at all times for the health, safety and welfare of yourself and other persons, and to comply with the policies and procedures relating to health and safety within the department.
  • Carry out any other duties which fall within the broad spirit, scope and purpose of this job description and which are commensurate with the grade of the post.

 

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current legislation relating to role such as the Children Act, Human Rights, Health and Safety, Every Child Matters, Care Matters, the Public Law Outline etc.
  • Knowledge and experience of child protection policies and procedures demonstrated though significant practice experience. NQSW’s must be able to demonstrate significant pre-qualification children’s social care work experience.
  • Awareness of the professional and ethical context of the work and the organisation.
  • Multi-agency working.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including ability to use word and excel to produce reports carry out correspondence and keep accurate records.
  • Knowledge and understanding of using appropriate assessment tools and research.
  • Excellent organisational ability.
  • The ability to travel effectively to various locations at short notice.
  • Be able to represent the department effectively in the public arena.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively with other agencies.
  • Ability to organise self and prioritise work.
  • Confidence to work on own initiative.
  • Able to work under pressure.
  • Willingness to undertake further training
  • Awareness of the professional and Ethical context of the work and the Organisation
  • Able to demonstrate a clear understanding of and commitment to Health & Safety and a willingness to undertake training to enable implementation of procedures. Able to apply it effectively with both clients and staff
  • Ability to demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behaviour, physical, social and welfare needs.

 

  • Candidates must have a minimum of 2 years post-qualifying experience in children’s services
  • Social worker qualification at degree level or equivalent
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • SWE Qualification

 

  • £400 ‘Golden Hello’ payment for new social workers
  • *’Refer a Friend’ bonus – receive £250 for every qualified social worker that you refer who we successfully place
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays)
  • 3% pension contribution from employer
  • Mileage – 45p per mile
  • *£150 per week accommodation allowance (60+ miles travel)
  • Opportunity to hear and apply for social work roles across various Councils first
  • Free and efficient weekly payroll service
  • Easy and flexible registration process
  • Work directly with a customer-focused, dedicated Consultant to match you with your perfect role

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