Social Worker SW1593

  • Type: Full Time
  • Location: Cambridgeshire
  • Role: Long contract
  • Salary: to £32 per hour
  • Reference: SW1593
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SW Locums are looking to recruit the services of a Social Work England Registered, Qualified Social Worker to work within Children with Disabilities in Huntingdon.

Varying duties included as part of working within the Disabled Children’s Referral and Access Team, which acts as the front door to accessing specialist disability services.  Tasks include completion of eligibility and child and family assessments, safeguarding investigations, statutory child seen visits, being on duty completing necessary tasks within the office and in practice.  This team is countywide and supports children from 0-19.


  • Provide professional leadership for complex case arrangements, in situations which involve, risk, complexity and safety of the service user and others. Identifying through assessment needs and strengths and source appropriate solutions and interventions.
  • Use analytical skills, interviews and observations to inform assessment, decision making and interventions to achieve desired outcomes within the context of managing risk to children and young people with SEND.
  • Complete support planning with families by understanding the context of child development, parenting capacity and family and environmental factors to ensure that outcomes identified at assessment are met (within budgetary constraints) through the provision of support.
  • Take a professional lead on safeguarding issues where abuse or neglect is suspected.
  • Assess and balance risk and protective factors within a child protection framework.
    To provide more specialist social work practice skills and knowledge to make independent decisions and support situations in which risk, ambiguity or complexity is greatest.
  • To ensure legislation (including specific SEND legislation) is adhered to and challenge decisions where appropriate.
  • To act as the lead professional and ensure all matters in respect of child protection are dealt with promptly, effectively and in line with the child protection procedures and escalated as necessary.
  • To provide written and verbal child protection plans where appropriate along with reports appropriate for courts and other legal purposes, which are concise, informative and based on complex evidence to support problem solving and resolution.
  • Assess and manage risk, knowing how to intervene proportionately and ensuring people are protected from harm, whilst protecting their human rights.
  • Contribute towards the Education, Health and Care Planning Review process and ensure the Local Authority has sufficient evidence to support decision making.

Skills required: 

  • Ability to write concise reports and have excellent verbal communication skills
  • Ability to create a rapport and build relationships with children/young people and their families
  • Ability to prioritise tasks, manage own workload and be accountable for case work
  • Able to work with a person centred, strengths based approach
  • Ability to operate in a fast pace, changing environment
  • Ability to actively support and promote Equal Opportunities
  • To be able to thrive in a complex and demanding environment
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills including the ability to deal with complex issues in a sensitive and appropriate manner.
  • Ability to formulate and implement effective social work interventions focused on outcomes
  • Ability to lead and direct team members regarding professional practice and social work interventions
  • Excellent IT skills and ability to use a variety of IT devices, systems and databases.
  • Ability to work from a variety of locations and travel countywide.
  • Ability to create a rapport and build relationships with children, young people with SEND, and their families.
  • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of identifying and assessing need, formulating and implementing effective social work interventions
  • Experience of using information management systems to produce good quality data in a variety of formats.
  • Experience of negotiating to reach a resolution
  • Experience of successfully effecting change
  • Broad range of experience in multi-agency working
  • Experience of working with children and young people with SEND, and their families, in a variety of complex situations.

At SW Locums you can expect:

  • Support of FCSA Member Umbrella companies.
  • No “waffle” straight talking, conscientious and informed advice.
  • Fastest and accurate payments available.
  • Contact available 24/7.
  • Access to exclusive vacancies nationwide.
  • Free DBS and compliance service.
  • Access to on-going training opportunities.
  • Industry leading “Refer a Friend” recommendation scheme offering up to £300 for successfully placed referrals.
  • Excellent “Find your own job” bonus – get £250 for bringing your own position to us *
SW Locums follow the government guidelines on ensuring safety of all during the risk of Covid-19.
* Terms and conditions apply to our bonus scheme.