Social Worker – Children and Young People’s Services

Job Category: Social Care
Service Suffolk County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration 3 months
Location Suffolk
Job Type Full-time
Start Date 31/12/2018
Hours per week 37
Rate £28.00 per hour

About the job:

We have an exciting opportunity for a Qualified Social Worker to join Suffolk County Council’s Children and Young People’s Directorate (CYP).

As a Social Worker within CYP you will help to ensure the safety, well-being, and learning of children and young people and act as a catalyst for change, working directly alongside the children and their families.

You will use your experience, knowledge and skills gained as a Qualified Social Worker in every engagement with children, young people and their families to determine the level of intervention required. You will help to make every intervention count to create impact and bring about sustainable change.

As part of CYP and Suffolk County Council, you will be providing a service that reflects Suffolk County Council’s ASPIRE values; Achieve, Support, Pride, Inspire, Respect & Empower. We are committed to working together, striving to improve and ensuring the best possible outcomes for children and families in Suffolk.

A full job description is available on request.

  • Work directly with children, young people and families using the Suffolk Signs of Safety and Wellbeing framework;
  • Work alongside children, young people, parents and families where there are early signs of social, emotional, health or behavioural issues to bring about sustainable improvement;
  • Respond to needs identified with the family by identifying and delivering evidence-based interventions where required;
  • Contribute to ensuring successful completion of Quality Assurance processes within team;
  • Work with families with complex problems where statutory intervention is required under the guidance of senior Social Worker, Lead Professional or Health Colleagues as appropriate;
  • Be responsible for keeping accurate and timely records of work with children, young people and families and writing relevant reports using electronic or other systems as directed;
  • Be responsible for recognising and appropriately responding to safeguarding and risk issues.
  • Work in accordance with the Council’s statutory responsibilities, policies and service procedures and comply with equality and diversity policies, procedures and legislation;
  • Maintain customer confidentiality in accordance with the Data Protection Act and SCC guidance;
  • Where the role requires, mentor and/or supervise junior colleagues or students and facilitate individual and group supervision with team members.
  • Commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults;
  • Commitment to listening to children and families and to working collaboratively with them to address concerns;
  • Knowledge of Signs of Safety and a broad practical understanding of and skills in using solution focused approaches of intervention;
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Ability to effectively apply solution focused approaches to deliver successful outcomes;
  • Ability to clarify risks and concerns and focus on solutions to create a climate in which change can happen;
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and guidance as appropriate to role;
  • Ability to recognise and act on Child Protection and risk issues and escalate as appropriate;
  • Proven commitment to finding solutions, planning and developing interventions with families, using an evidence-based approach.
  • Suitable qualification at graduate level or equivalent experience in a relevant area of work.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • £400 ‘Golden Hello’ payment
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays)
  • 2% pension contribution from employer
  • Opus candidates hear about jobs first
  • Opportunity to apply for social work roles across the East of England through Opus LGSS
  • Part of the Memorandum of Co-operation
  • Consultants based on site within Endeavour House

Have you heard of our Golden Hello scheme? Receive £400 when you register as a locum social worker! T&Cs apply.

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