SW Locums wish to source an Experienced senior social worker to work with our retained client within the Assessment team in Hammersmith & Fulham. The role will be to carry out single child and family assessment, initial child protection and court work to safeguard and promote the children in need / at risk.
You will be required to:
- To facilitate and undertake comprehensive risk assessments of children and families and carry a complex caseload involving multi-disciplinary work. This includes court work, child protection and permanency planning.
- To undertake specific tasks for absent colleagues on cases requiring action under the direction of the team manager/duty manager.
- Chairing meetings, where appropriate, under direction of the team manager/duty manager.
- To undertake student supervision and to be active student practice teachers.
- To be responsible for setting up and facilitating local induction plans for new staff.
- To take responsibility for updating specialist knowledge in a relevant area, developing practice and creating and updating information systems.
- To represent the Department on working groups or liaison meetings involving Health, Housing and other agencies.
- To contribute to local and departmental training on practice issues in line with departmental policies and procedures, in light of research findings and in line with the Divisional Training Strategy.
- To supervise Family Support Workers by agreement with the Team Manager (Senior Social Workers will only be able to supervise Family Support Workers after supervising at least 2 student placements).
- To draw up the duty rota.
CQSW, CSS or Diploma in Social Work and two years post-qualifying experience in childcare including legal proceedings, section 47 and direct work with children. General Social Care Council registration.
A commitment to the Council’s Equal Opportunities policies and the ability to understand and implement the policies in relation to job responsibilities.
The ability to write coherent, comprehensive and up to date records and demonstrates file management skills in line with all policy requirements. The ability and willingness to use a computerised client database and word processing package (including e-mail).
An understanding of the needs of children ‘in need’ or ‘at risk’ and those who are ‘looked after’ in relation to their age and development and the ability to implement and review effective plans in partnership with families and other professionals.
The ability to work autonomously and maintain accountability while using line management supervision appropriately.
Ability to carry out comprehensive assessments of risk and need of children and families within agreed time-scales and implement and review written care plans, successfully demonstrating clear knowledge and understanding of legislative, policy and practice issues.
Demonstrate the ability to manage and prioritise a complex workload, to work under pressure, and the ability and willingness to take on additional responsibilities.
Demonstrate knowledge of key policy and research issues in the field of childcare.
Demonstrate an understanding of the organisational context on which the service is delivered i.e. the health authority, independent sectors, legal and corporate structures within the borough.
Demonstrate the potential to develop mentoring and supervisory skills and contribute to the development of the team.
Demonstrate the liaison, communication and presentation skills necessary to represent the service/department in multi-agency forums.