Social Worker - Fostering Recruitment - Harlow
|Salary: £30000 - £35000/annum
|Posted: 20 days ago
|Contact Name: CV-Library
Social Worker – Fostering Recruitment and Assessment TeamHarlow
Salary from £30,000 to £35,000 per annum
Full Time – 37 hours per week
Please note that interviews for this role have been scheduled for Wednesday 12th September.
In Essex County Council we are “Serious about Social Work”. We have invested in our workforce and created a positive environment for our social workers to make a difference and achieve change for our most vulnerable children and families through direct relationship-based social work practice. We have supported our staff to have an understanding of systemic theoretical framework and models underpinning our interventions; to have access to the right tools, equipment and resources; and also the right supervision, training and learning opportunities they need to be strong practitioners.
The social worker is responsible for the management of their own cases and foster carer recruitment. The role primarily involves undertaking Form F assessments, kinship assessments and special guardianship order assessments (SGO), as well as creative recruitment activity working closely with foster carers and children in care out in the community on joint initiatives. Due to the nature of the role evening and weekend work is required as well as the occasional duty work. The team is therefore flexible to reflect the needs of their service users as well as their team members.
We are fortunate to have a very passionate, driven, creative team consisting of social workers and outreach worker, foster carers and children in care who works together successfully to ensure that we creatively meet every challenge we have faced and to ensure that we recruit the right foster families to care for our most vulnerable children in Essex. If you are passionate about making a difference by being part of our fostering recruiting team then this role is for you.
What you’ll need to join our Social Work teams
To play a key part in transforming the lives of children and families, you’ll be a DIPSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent graduate. You will inspire high standards from Social Workers around you, and shape practice standards within the service, delivering positive outcomes collaboratively. You will be a team player enabling your team to work well together under pressure.
For this particular role you will need to have:
* Excellent assessment and analytical report writing skills for understanding and dealing with complex cases
* The ability to complete kinship or SGO assessments within the agreed court time scales or as dictated by the care plan and or care planning regulations in case of a temporary approval for kinship foster care applicants
* To respond to all duty calls and initial home visits in an efficient and professional manner and recorded clearly and in detail
* To present your applicants to the fostering panel with clear recommendation and evidence to support this recommendation
* Ideally have court experience as you may need to present and give evidence in court if needed for a SGO or kinship fostering application
* Support and participate in recruitment activities
* Be involved in the development of a service area that relates to recruitment of foster carers or to link with one of the quadrant fostering teams to establish up to date needs and developments relevant to that quadrant
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licenceand car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
Qualification certificates must be brought to interview.
As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit: https://(url removed)/dbs-update-service
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link: https://(url removed)/benefits/
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
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