We are thrilled to be working with a local authority client, recruiting on their behalf for experienced senior social workers (Senior Practitioner) for roles within their Families First team across County Durham. Successful candidates must have child protection and court proceedings experience and post qualifying experience in child protection services.
An ability to work under pressure, to work efficiently and diligently, with impartiality and dignity is a must.
These roles are via an Ageny placement and contract lengths vary.
Duties and Expectations:
- Hold a protected caseload within the team.
- Communicate clearly and sensitively. Building effective relationships with children, young people and families on their caseload, other professionals and the NQSW’s in their team.
- Build and maintain high quality and appropriate professional relationships with children, young people and families to enable positive change to take place. Support children, young people and families even they are angry, hostile and resistant to change. Manage tensions between parents, carers and family members, in ways that show persistence, determination and professional confidence.
- Promote optimal child development and be alert to signs that may indicate that the child is not meeting key developmental milestones, has been harmed or is at risk of harm.
- Identify the impact of adult mental ill health, substance misuse, domestic abuse, physical ill health and disability on family functioning, social circumstances and child development. Promote awareness of the impact of ACES and promote trauma informed and strength-based practice.
- Carry out in-depth and ongoing family assessment of social need and risk to children, with particular emphasis on parental capacity and capability to change. Ensure that the voice of the child is heard, and that families and partner agencies contribute in a meaningful way to the assessment, safety planning and risk management. Promote the embedding of signs of safety within all aspects of the role.
- Develop realistic, child centred safety plans within a review timeline, which will manage and reduce identified risks and meet the needs of the child. Ensure that children, young people and families, and partner agencies participate fully.
- Produce well argued, focused, and jargon free case notes, plans and typed reports e.g. single assessments, court reports, ASYE documentation. Present a clear analysis and a sound rationale for actions and conclusions.
- Evaluate and review the development and progress of children, young people and their families against the agreed plan, monitor their changing needs and evaluate impact. Amend plans as and when necessary.
- Social workers working in Child Protection and Disability services, Families First and Looked After Services will also lead the investigation of allegations of significant harm to children in consultation with other professionals and practice supervisors.
- Use the law, regulatory and statutory guidance to inform practice decisions. Make use of the best evidence from research to inform the complex judgements and decisions needed to support families and protect children.
- Be accountable for, and review own practice using supervision and reflective practice. Seek advice from a range of sources. Discuss, debate, reflect upon and test hypotheses.
- Maintain personal and professional credibility through effective working relationships with peers, managers and leaders both within the profession, throughout multi-agency partnerships and public bodies, including the family courts.
- Participate in developments to improve the quality of the service and improve outcomes for children, young people and families.
- Share learning with colleagues by mentoring, coaching, and reflective discussion.
- Maintain registration with Social Work England and adhere to the Social Work England standards of conduct, performance and ethics, and standards for continuing professional development.
- Hold the Right to Work in the UK
- Possess the appropriate qualifications and experience
- Possess a current Enhanced DBS
Advantages of working via Nineteen Recruitment:
- Weekly pay paid via a PAYE equivalent model (at no cost to worker)
- Excellent level of support from the agency whilst you're in role
- Agency support with ongoing training / refresher training needs
- A point of contact between the worker and the client/place of work
- Offers the ultimate in flexible working
- You will be kept informed of any new and relevant work opportunities coming up in the future
Registration with Nineteen Recruitment is subject to satisfactory vetting procedures including Enhanced Disclosure; DBS registered to the online update service are welcomed.
Nineteen Recruitment is committed to equal opportunities and as such no applicant or worker will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, disability, religion, belief, sexual orientation, marital status, race or employment status