MASH- Decision Maker Northamptonshire

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

About the job

We are seeking a MASH Decision Maker to deliver high quality social work services, at a level appropriate for a professionally qualified post, to young people and 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.

You will be expected to mentor, guide and manage Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub Officers (MASHOs) and provide high quality case work decisions and operational supervision of staff within the team to ensure that their work meets Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards of proficiency and contributes to the achievement of social work service objectives.

As part of an operational social work team you will make case decisions regarding the actions needed to ensure the safety and needs of children are met in line with Working Together 2018 timescales and contribute to the overall management of the MASH team in order to meet service objectives, key performance targets and statutory requirements of social service legislation.


  • Have direct accountability for making decisions on children’s cases referred to the MASH and determine actions required and apply appropriate thresholds for statutory intervention to ensure that children are safeguarded within agreed Working Together timescales.
  • Deliver professional leadership for staff within a service team, organise and delegate the workload of MASHOs providing induction, line management, professional development and daily operational supervision of support staff, in situations of high complexity ensuring a high standard of service delivery. To ensure that equal opportunities and health and safety policies are fully integrated into the daily working of the team
  • To improve the quality of casework by undertaking case file audits and ensuring learning from audit activity and formal observations of daily practice is implemented into social work practice.
  • To provide the Team Manager with accurate information and assist the Team Manager with establishing, maintaining and utilising information systems to ensure best practice as part of a robust quality assurance system and to inform performance and budget management of the team and organisation.
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary/multi-agency context, to develop effective working partnerships with other agencies and services involved to ensure that positive outcomes are achieved in all key areas of service user’s lives.
  • 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. To demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.
  • 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
  • Knowledge of statutory and multi-disciplinary frameworks
  • Knowledge and understanding of using appropriate assessment tools and research.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, national policies and procedures for Social Work
  • Knowledge of the impact of abuse to children through research and what specific intervention is required to improve outcomes for children
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including ability to use word and excel to produce reports, carry out correspondence and keep accurate records.
  • Effective negotiating skills, working within NCC and with partner Agencies.
  • Ability to prioritise work, responding to crisis situations and balancing risk to service users and staff.
  • Experience of supervising and mentoring staff within children’s services.
  • Decision Makers must be highly experienced in order to ensure that the correct decisions are made within a short period of time to safeguard and protect children.
  • Experience of working within assessment processes and child protection environment.
  • Experience of identifying and managing risks to children.
  • Ability to demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behaviour, physical, social and welfare needs.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the safe working practices that apply to this role
  • Ability to identify and manage risk to children and respond immediately to ensure safeguarding actions are taken. The well-being of children and young people/vulnerable adults is paramount.
  • 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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