SW Locums are offering this post out on behalf of the South Norfolk team. We require a UK experienced, HCPC Registered Senior Social Worker.
Norfolk has 6 locality social work teams delivering services to children and families. Social work teams are based in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, Breckland, South Norfolk, North Norfolk and Broadland, Gt Yarmouth and Norwich.
To provide outstanding services to children in need or at risk of harm and their families living in Norfolk, to bring about life long change and improved outcomes. To ensure children and young people are adequately protected in line with the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and departmental policy and procedures and relevant legislation.
To manage a caseload of the most complex work promoting high quality assessments and interventions to bring about positive change through developing effective relationships, ensuring that the voice of the child is the focus of case recording and the planning of interventions.
Coordinate and review planned interventions to ensure that the best outcomes are being achieved for children and young people. To utilise evidence informed practice to support multiagency decision making and acting without delay to ensure children and young people are safe and their needs are met.
To contribute to the management of the team by participating in key planning and decision making, providing professional supervision, contributing to appraisals, identifying training needs, delivering training, and deputising for the Team Manager or Assistant Team Manager in the delivery and/or allocation of case work as required. To investigate complaints and produce reports and recommendations for follow up action.
To develop positive, trusting, relationships with children and their families to achieve positive change and with other professionals to promote collaborative working. To work in partnership with families/carers and key agencies who are involved in decision making and planning by sharing information in a timely and accurate manner.
To work within statutory responsibilities and departmental policies/procedures. To maintain full, accurate, and up to date records in accordance with departmental practice, timescales and guidance, including the maintenance of electronic records on case management systems.
To use effective presentational skills to represent the department and provide verbal/written reports for court proceedings, case conferences and other arenas. To chair meetings, use effective presentational skills to represent the department in internal and external meetings.
To support quality assurance by conducting file audits and multiagency reviews, developing, monitoring, and reviewing systems within the team, and collecting and reporting the views of children, parents, team members and multiagency partners to contribute to improving practice and procedure.
To champion and lead the Signs of Safety model as a basis for all work, creating consistent and inclusive experiences across Norfolk for children and families in receipt of service. Through the above accountabilities and at all times, to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults undertake the role of Practice Teacher supervising students and mentoring unqualified and newly qualified social workers.
To take on or develop a specialist role in specific areas of practice for the Team or Operational Division.
To work in an integrated multi-disciplinary manner to ensure the service meets, as effectively and efficiently as possible, the identified best possible outcomes for children and young people and their families.
To uphold the core values and practice standards of the HCPC which includes professional integrity, prioritising supervision and with the support of the social care academy taking responsibility for professional development in line with registration with the professional body.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Knowledge and understanding of the Children Act 1989, 2004 and other relevant legislation.
Knowledge of current policy and practice including electronic case management systems.
Familiarity with childcare, child protection procedures, resources, current Department of Health Guidance and Quality Protects.
Knowledge of child development and attachment theory and understanding of the impact of parental problems and the short and long term impacts of abuse and neglect on children.
Demonstrable expertise in assessments, including core assessments.
Knowledge of the role played by adult services and other agencies in relation to the overall provision of service to children and families.
Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively with multi agency partners.
Understanding of the respective roles and responsibilities of other professionals and how child and family social workers can contribute their unique role as part of a multidisciplinary team.
A commitment, knowledge, and understanding of equal opportunities, anti discriminatory practices and user involvement