Social Worker - Assessment Team
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.
We are keen to incorporate the key principles of the ‘Strengthening Families’ to our services here in Buckinghamshire, to enhance and recognise what we already do.
We have a fantastic opportunity for two experienced qualified Social Workers to take the next step in their professional career with a well-established local authority. The role will involve joining a busy, fast paced team in High Wycombe whose paramount objective is always a child's wellbeing and safety.
About the role
In the Assessment Team, 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 on-going plan.
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.
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 in our Assessment Team, you’ll bring at least 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.
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
You will hold a degree in social work (DipSW) and registered with the HCPC.
Where our roles are customer-facing and you are required to speak to members of the public, the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the role.
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