Senior Practitioner – Childrens Social Care

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Senior Practitioner - Childrens Social Care
CROOK
Interim Position

Durham 7600614846118

Posted: 29th February 2024 15:28
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  • Pay Rate:

    £181.02 per day PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6-7 months

  • CROOK,

    DL15 9ES

What's involved with this role:

Interim Senior Practitioner - Childrens Social Care

Reference no: Durham 7600614846118

Pay Rate: 40 Monday – Friday, 08:00 - 17:00

Hours per week: 35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 6-7 months

City: CROOK

Enhanced DBS disclosure required

Social workers in Children’s Services work with the most vulnerable children, young people and families. Their expertise supports families, helps keep children safe and enables them both to thrive.

Key Responsibilities

  • Communicate clearly and sensitively, building effective relationships with children, young people and families and other professionals. Listen to their views and enable their full participation in assessment, planning, and review.
  • Build and maintain high quality and appropriate professional relationships with children, young people and families to enable positive change to take place. Support children, young people and families even they are angry, hostile and resistant to change. Manage tensions between parents, carers and family members, in ways that show persistence, determination and professional confidence.
  • Promote optimal child development and be alert to signs that may indicate that the child is not meeting key developmental milestones, has been harmed or is at risk of harm.
  • Identify the impact of adult mental ill health, substance misuse, domestic abuse, physical ill health and disability on family functioning, social circumstances and child development.
  • Carry out in-depth and ongoing family assessment of social need and risk to children, with particular emphasis on parental capacity and capability to change. Ensure that the voice of the child is heard, and that families and partner agencies contribute in a meaningful way to the assessment.
  • Make realistic, child centred, plans within a review timeline, which will manage and reduce identified risks and meet the needs of the child. Ensure that children, young people and families, and partner agencies participate fully.
  • Produce well argued, focused, and jargon free case notes, plans and reports e.g. single assessments and court reports. Present a clear analysis and a sound rationale for actions and conclusions.
  • Evaluate and review the development and progress of children, young people and their families against the agreed plan, monitor their changing needs and evaluate impact. Amend plans as and when necessary.
  • Social workers working in Child Protection and Disability services, Families First and Looked After Services will also lead the investigation of allegations of significant harm to children in consultation with other professionals and practice supervisors.
  • Use the law, regulatory and statutory guidance to inform practice decisions. Make use of the best evidence from research to inform the complex judgements and decisions needed to support families and protect children.

NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly.

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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:

Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.

Qualifications:

  • Degree in social work or equivalent social work qualification, e.g. Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work (PDDipSW) Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), Diploma in Social Work (DipSW), Certificate in Social Services (CSS)
  • Current Social Work England Registration
  • Hold a current driving licence and have access to a car (social workers with a disability must have access to a means of mobility support)

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of a range of social work theories relevant to the role
  • Knowledge of the main social care services and resources provided by the statutory, voluntary and independent sector
  • Recognise harm and the risk indicators of different forms of harm to children

Experience:

  • Building effective relationships with children, young people and families
  • Production of focused, and jargon free written case notes and reports, supported by clear analysis and a sound rationale for actions
  • Working effectively with professionals from a diverse range of organisations
  • Using initiative to organise own workload
  • Using policies and procedures in social work practice
  • Using IT to support effective working
  • Application of legislation and national standards relevant to the role

Skills & Abilities:

  • Able to work well under pressure
  • Ability to empower children, young people and their families in make long term positive changes for their future.
  • Ability to recognise own professional limitations and know how and when to seek advice
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends

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Senior Practitioner - Childrens Social Care
Client Category: Local Authority

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