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Social Worker - Permanency & Transitions Team

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  • Job reference: HQ00090929
    Up to £38.00 per hour
    Social Worker


    Are you interesting in developing your Social Work career?

    Sanctuary Social Care is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Social Worker to work full time within a Permanency & Transitions Team based in Devon. The ideal candidate will possess highly developed specialist knowledge of Social Work practice in and be registered with the HCPC.

    The pay rate for this locum Social Worker job is £38 per hour (LTD Company Equivalent).

    Job Purpose/ Main duties and responsibilities:
    - Manage and monitor a workload of complex cases as directed and organise work activities taking into account the need to prioritise tasks and responsibilities, ensuring statutory responsibilities are undertaken for children including visiting children, arranging reviews, reporting to court, delivering within timescales and meeting other national and local performance targets.
    - To undertake interviews, observations and gather information from children, families and other agencies to analyse, summarise and evaluate the information to provide an holistic assessment of a child's needs, balancing risk and protective factors within a child protection framework.
    - To produce focused and purposeful care plans for interventions with explicit aims and objectives about desired outcomes within the context of managing risk to children.
    - To understand the context of child development, parenting capacity and family and environmental factors in which to establish the needs of an individual child.
    - Carry out Investigations into cases where children have suffered or likely to have suffered significant harm. Provide written and verbal reports which are concise, informative and based on analysis of complex evidence.
    - Based on assessed needs and risks, devise, implement and review care plans, including the development and management of child protection plans for all children who require then in line with child protection procedures.
    - Responsible for planning and providing a range of appropriate services and interventions to meet the needs of children, their families and carers by assessing, arranging, co-ordinating, and monitoring provision within delegated levels of responsibility and in accordance with the required local and national policies, procedures, standards and legislation.
    - To make judgements about ensuring the appropriate use of legal proceedings to protect and care for the children or young person, and where such procedures are instigated to prepare the required documentation, liaise with relevant officers - including internal and external partner agencies - and to act in the best interests of the children or young persons.
    - To attend Court where directed, and present evidence and act as an advocate on behalf of the Devon County Council to provide advice and guidance to the court to best inform decisions about the children or young person's future.
    - To chair multi agency meetings (eg Children in Need, Child in Need, core group, diversionary meetings) and determine plans from meetings and make recommendations to Team Manager
    - Maintain case records keeping them up to date and able to provide concise and accurate information about a child's circumstances and plans. Make use of IT systems provided by the Service complying with policy and procedures.
    - Responsible for taking decisions and actions on casework, ensuring all matters in respect of child protection are dealt with promptly, effectively and in line with child protection procedures.
    - Through professional contact, support the planning and decision making of colleagues with complex case work i.e. placing and matching of children to carers including adoptive parents, safeguarding risk assessments and participation in holistic assessments.
    - Develop and maintain good working relationships with other professionals within the directorate, and partner agencies to ensure integrated, holistic and multidisciplinary approach to the safeguarding of the children or young persons.
    - Ensure that all necessary referrals are made to relevant agencies, working together with them to promote safeguarding and wellbeing of the children or young persons.
    - To share information about children or young people with other agencies in order to safeguard and promote their welfare. To follow statutory guidelines for joint working, including the DCSF Working Together, the Children Act, 1989, and 2004, and the South West Child Protection procedures.
    - Provide professional advice, mentoring and support to colleagues. Give advice, guidance and support to student Social Workers and non-qualified Social Work staff and Care Support staff. Also provide mentoring, as required, to newly qualified Social Workers.
    - Under direction of Practice Manager undertake specific pieces of work in relation to customer feedback or representations, complaints, multi-agency projects or service developments and make recommendations or action plans and implement these to improve service delivery.
    - To contribute to service development as required. Take responsibility for own profession development by attending supervision, appraisals and learning and training opportunities and maintain ongoing continuing professional development to ensure the requirements of the General Social Care Council registration are met whilst working in an effective and efficient manner.
    - To set good practice standards and to work with Practice Learning Development Officer (PLDO) to support other staff as deemed appropriate in developing their portfolios and learning plans.
    - To work within a flexible framework in order to meet the demands of the service which may include outside the usual 9-5 hours.

    Requirements of the Social Worker:
    - Degree or equivalent in Social Work.
    - Current HCPC registration.
    - Significant senior level frontline experience within Children's Service.

    This Social Worker job is advertised by Mark Andrews; if you are interested in this position please click below to apply now.

    Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.

    Reasonable Adjustments:
    If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity by contacting us. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.