Evergood Associates are currently supporting our client based in Medway, Kent for a Qualified Social Worker to work in an Fostering Team.
MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB
- To contribute to the delivery of a highly effective Children’s Social Care Service, taking responsibility for working and managing a caseload within a framework of appropriate supervision. (This will be dependent upon the complexities of the cases and the post qualification experience of the social worker).
- To work with foster carers, children and families to support vulnerable service users ensuring the needs of the child remain paramount.
- To assess, plan, use evidence based analytical practice to implement and evaluate safeguarding measures to ensure all children are given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
- To work to a structured time management practice; submitting reports, assessments and plans within regulated timescales.
- To maintain accurate written and computerised records, in accordance with agreed procedures and in order to meet legislative responsibilities.
- To co-ordinate, and take a lead role in multi-professional/ agency groups and other professional meetings.
- To adhere to and uphold the codes of conduct set out by Medway Council and HCPC.
- To be competent in all areas of the Skills and Competency framework for Social Workers.
2. PERSON SPECIFICATION
- A recognised professional Social Work Qualification – eg DipSW, CQSW or equivalent (30% weighting)
- Full driving licence (valid for use in the UK)
- HCPC registration
- Enhanced DBS Experience Essential
- Ability to use advanced theoretical/practical/procedural/organisational /policy knowledge across a specialist area
- Demonstrable experience of working within the framework of the Children Act 1989, Care Planning Regulations 2010, Fostering Regulations 2011, National Minimum Standards and other relevant legislation, Statutory guidance, Standards and Procedures including preparation of court reports and presenting oral evidence (20% weighting)
- Knowledge and experience in the application of National Policies and development relating to Children’s Social Care policy areas and the impact on children and their families.
- Knowledge and experience in the application of relevant theoretical frameworks, practice models, research findings and the application of psychological and human development theories (10% weighting) Skills Essential
- Demonstrate the ability to engage effectively with children and families. (10% weighting)
- Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain effective professional relationships with other professionals and organisations.
- Demonstrate the ability to assess the needs of children and their families as well as carers within an analytical and holistic framework; using appropriate tools to achieve the desired outcome for this group of service users. (15% weighting)
- Demonstrate sound professional judgments and be accountable for their actions.
- Demonstrate the ability to undertake direct work with children and their families as well as carers using a range of evidence based models.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply and effectively use theoretical frameworks and research evidence.
- Demonstrate the ability to apply statutory requirements and guidance, local procedures and standards as they apply to children and their families.
- Demonstrable knowledge of Social Services policies, legislation, professional practice issues and developments.
- Able to demonstrate an understanding of how the organisation works and how this fits into the political environment, with a commitment to cross boundary and team working.
- Ability to understand the vision and interpret it to develop practical and achievable work plans.
- The ability to provide information, advice, counselling, support and guidance to service users and carers to enable children and young people to improve outcomes.
- Ability to plan projects and tasks in a structured way, monitoring progress against plans and can embed these into working practice.
- Ability to analyse and interpret varied and complex information and develop strategies and solutions for the medium and long term.
- Ability to use well developed communication skills to present complex/sensitive information in an understandable way, to a range of audiences.
- Ability to produce and present reports of a high quality (15% weighting)
- Ability to work independently within clear guidelines and regularly uses initiative to make decisions, referring to more senior officers for advice on policy/resource issues.
- Able to carry out tasks which impact on the well being of people, including assessing needs, implementing care/welfare, implementing regulations, providing guidance on internal procedures and interpreting policies and procedures to meet specific circumstances or problems.
- Ability to explain straightforward tasks to others, where required
- Able to handle and process cash/documentation relating to small financial amounts
- Ability to act as a role model to promote equality and manage diversity in the workplace and service provision, ensuring everyone has appropriate and fair access to support.
- Able to build and develop productive team relationships; setting clear objectives and identifying better ways of working and managing change effectively
- Ability to build sound and productive working relationships with colleagues, partners and staff groups; and can engage others in a credible, persuasive way.
- Ability to initiate and develop close working partnerships with statutory, voluntary and private agencies to gather/share information in order to facilitate decision making for effective service delivery
Evergood Associates offer unbeatable benefits package, and if you are aware of a friend or colleague that maybe interested in this vacancy or available to work please contact us to pass on their details and receive a £150 Evergood referral bonus.
For more information please contact Adam on 01992 513 777 (Option 3) or by email Adam.Bentley@evergoodassociates.co.uk