Social Worker - Assessment
Children’s services in Buckinghamshire are on a journey to delivering outstanding services. Children and their families are at the centre of everything we do. Building on the Strengthening Families model adopted for child protection conferences in 2016, we want to apply the latest skills and knowledge to achieve the best outcomes possible for the children we seek to protect and support.
In conjunction with the University of Sheffield, we are keen to incorporate the key principles of the ‘Strengthening Families, Enhancing Futures’ to our services here in Buckinghamshire, to enhance and recognise what we already do. The model follows the following key imperatives:
- Understanding the world of the child
- Understanding the world of the adult(s)
- Recognise family strengths as well as concerns
- Engage families in the change process
- Measure change through actions and intervention
We have a number of opportunities for experienced Social Workers to join one of our three Assessment Teams. The teams are based in Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Amersham.
About the role
The Assessment Team service ensures referrals are responded to in a child focussed and timely way. This will mean working in line with the Children Act 1989, and any other legislation and standards appropriate to the particular area of service delivery.
On completion of the Assessment a decision is made as to the most appropriate support for the child and family. This could be through a variety of approaches including multi agency support; a referral to other agencies, CIN plan, CP plan, CLA plan or NFA.
Once a child is referred, the child will be allocated a qualified Social worker, who will undertake a social work assessment; this will include direct work with the child and family to inform the ongoing plan. You will undertake Child and Family assessments and investigate any concerns of neglect through section 47 investigations. As part of this role you will also be managing an assigned caseload and preparing and maintaining case records.
You will be raise and address issues of poor practice and investigate complaints of alleged neglect, abuse or ill-treatment of children.
To make a great Social Worker, you’ll bring your two years' post qualifying experience and knowledge with you and be confident in undertaking the role. In this busy, fast paced team, you’ll get on best if you are flexible and able to work well under pressure. You will work closely with colleagues from various teams and build positive links between your team and other parts of the service to ensure effective multi-professional working. You will hold a degree in social work (DipSW) and registered with the HCPC.
Experience of working within a MASH/Referral/Assessment environment would be desirable but not essential. In return we offer you a safe working environment where you will receive excellent training, development and peer supervision forums. You will have regular quality one to one supervision sessions and group supervisions were complex cases are discussed.
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