Qualified Social Worker - Fostering - Swindon

Swindon, Bristol

Job Summary

  • Job Reference: HSTWSC270420A_1587981574
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Date Posted: 2020-04-27
  • Location: Swindon, Bristol
  • Job Status: FullTime
  • Closing Date: 2020-06-26
  • Tradewind Social Care Recruitment

Tradewind Social Care are currently recruiting for two Experienced Senior Practitioners for the Fostering Team for Swindon Council.

Demonstrate expert and effective practice in complex situations, assessing and managing higher levels of risk, striking a balance between support and control, liaising with a wide range of professionals, including more senior levels. They manage complex caseloads, and offer expert support to case conferences, and product high quality assessments and reports for a range of functions. They model good practice, setting expectations for others. They start to take responsibility and be accountable for the practice of others, mentoring newly qualified social workers, and supervising the work of junior staff. They undertake capacity- building with individuals, families, communities, user groups and voluntary organisations, and contribute their views on service provision to commissioners.

Main duties:

  • 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
  • As lead professional, to contribute to the provision of good quality services which integrate government and local initiatives and guidance (including Working Together, Child Protection procedures, Looked After Children's processes, the Assessment Framework and Common Assessment Framework)
  • 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 Swindon Borough 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

Essential Skills & Experience needed:

  • Experience of identifying the needs of children and young people and establishing targeted planning to meet their needs
  • 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
  • Knowledge of methods of social work intervention
  • Social Work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work; DipSW or equivalent.
  • Be registered with Social Work England (SWE)
  • 2 years' experience of local authority experience and in a Senior role
  • Clear enhanced DBS check

Please call Heather Scase on 0203 743 6103 or send your CV to heather .scase @twrecruitment.com

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