Children's Social Worker - Child Protection and Safeguarding

South West England, Bristol
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Job Summary

  • Job Reference: SW2468HS_1564566774
  • Job Type: Temporary
  • Date Posted: 2019-07-31
  • Location: South West England, Bristol
  • Job Status: FullTime
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-29
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  • Tradewind Social Care Recruitment

Synopsis: Tradewind Social Care are currently recruiting for Qualified Social Workers for the Child Protection and Safeguarding team in South West England.

To undertake professional and comprehensive casework for a complex caseload of children and young people. To maintain high professional standards and good overall knowledge of relevant legislation regulation and practice methods, ensuring that you are abreast of new developments. Provide guidance and support to less experienced staff to help them develop their professional skills and knowledge.

Main duties:

Manage an allocated caseload appropriate to the extensive experience of the Experienced Social Worker, to include complex assessments of children, families and parenting and other work to meet statutory requirements

Work within the council's policies, procedures and good practice guidelines in order to meet the needs of the children and families allocated

Work with children and young people, families, carers and communities to help them make informed decisions, engender change enabling them to clarify and express their needs, and contribute to service planning

Maintain up to date case notes and other records, utilising relevant IT systems, and write reports, including court reports, and give expert evidence in court

Undertake specialist assessments, for your and other workers' cases, for court proceedings, including parenting and kinship assessments

Ensure that casework is up to date, comprehensively written up, and managed within agreed timescales

Ensure your manager is kept fully appraised of problems arising from cases or work load and to seek advice as and when necessary

When working with families, to recognise monitor and assess risk. To ensure information about risk is escalated to managers in a timely manner

Develop and maintain positive working relationships with service users and other professionals

Model good practice helping to set the expectations for others

Essential Skills & Experience needed:

Experience of identifying the needs of children and young people and establishing targeted planning to meet their needs

Practical experience producing in depth and analytical assessments for complex cases

Experience of multi-disciplinary working with children and families and chairing formal multi- disciplinary meetings

Experience of undertaking assessments and writing court reports and presenting evidence in court

Knowledge of child protection, looked after children, and associated child in need social work practice issues

Clear Enhanced DBS check

Diploma in social work or equivalent qualification

Successful completion of Assessed Year in Employment

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