Decision Maker – MASH/Social Care

Decision Maker – MASH/Social Care 150 150 TCLRec
Decision Maker – MASH/Social Care
Northampton, Northamptonshire
Interim Position

NCT (HQ) TCL 14500

Posted: 18th September 2023 14:23
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £27.69 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Northampton, Northamptonshire,

    NN4 7SL 

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Interim Decision Maker – MASH/Social Care

Reference no:  NCT (HQ) TCL 14500

Pay Rate: Up to £27.69 per hour PAYE depending on experience

37 hours Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 3 months

City: Northampton, Northamptonshire

Hybrid working – 3 days in the office

Please note the pay rate is provisional only and the ad will be amended with the confirmed rate, once received” at the top of the first insert.

Enhanced DBS disclosure required for this role

The purpose of the role is to deliver high quality social work services, at a level appropriate for a professionally qualified post, to young people and families to ensure the welfare of children and young people is safeguarded and they are protected in accordance with the legal and statutory obligations of the Council.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Have direct accountability for making decisions on children’s cases referred to the MASH and determine actions required and apply appropriate thresholds for statutory intervention to ensure that children are safeguarded within agreed Working Together timescales.
  • Deliver professional leadership for staff within a service team, organise and delegate the workload of MASHOs providing induction, line management, professional development and daily operational supervision of support staff, in situations of high complexity ensuring a high standard of service delivery.
  • Ensure that equal opportunities and health and safety policies are fully integrated into the daily working of the team
  • Improve the quality of casework by undertaking case file audits and ensuring learning from audit activity and formal observations of daily practice is implemented into social work practice.
  • Provide the Team Manager with accurate information and assist the Team Manager with establishing, maintaining and utilising information systems to ensure best practice as part of a robust quality assurance system and to inform performance and budget management of the team and organisation.
  • Working within a multi-disciplinary/multi-agency context, to develop effective working partnerships with other agencies and services involved to ensure that positive outcomes are achieved in all key areas of service user’s lives.
  • Ensure that reasonable care is taken at all times for the health, safety and welfare of yourself and other persons, and to comply with the policies and procedures relating to health and safety within the department. To demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.
  • Carry out any other duties which fall within the broad spirit, scope and purpose of this job description and which are commensurate with the grade of the post.


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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:



  1. Degree in Social Work/ Certified Qualification in Social Work (CQSW)/ Certificate in Social Service (CSS)/ Diploma in Social Work (SW-SP)/ Home Office letter of recognition.
  2. Registered with the Health and Care Professions Care Council on the Social Care Register.



  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Experience of supervising and mentoring staff within children’s services.
  3. Decision Makers must be highly experienced in order to ensure that the correct decisions are made within a short period of time to safeguard and protect children.
  4. Experience in managing positive working relationships.
  5. Experience of working within assessment processes and child protection environment.
  6. Experience of conflict resolution in casework delivery.
  7. Experience of identifying and managing risks to children.



  1. Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, national policies and procedures for Social Work.
  2. Knowledge of the impact of abuse to children through research and what specific intervention is required to improve outcomes for children
  3. Knowledge of statutory and multi-disciplinary frameworks.
  4. Knowledge and understanding of using appropriate assessment tools and research.


Skills & Abilities:

  1. Effective negotiating skills, working within NCC and with partner Agencies
  2. Ability to prioritise work, responding to crisis situations and balancing risk to service users and staff.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the safe working practices that apply to this role.
  4. Ability to identify and manage risk to children and respond immediately to ensure safeguarding actions are taken. The well-being of children and young people/vulnerable adults is paramount.
  5. Computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft applications.



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Decision Maker – MASH/Social Care
Client Category: Local Authority

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