Social Worker - D-BIT Emotional Wellbeing Team
Secondment, Full Time
£32,065 to £43,839 Per Annum
Please note that this opportunity is for a social worker secondment or a fixed term post until March 31st 2022 covering the Mid and North quadrants.
The Divisional Based Intervention Teams (D-BIT) have been operational in Children’s Social Care (CSC) since early 2012. The service has a proven track record of improving outcomes for young people and their families and addressing areas where there are difficulties in the relationships that exist between family members so that young people can continue to live safely within their homes and family networks. These teams are a key element of the current Children’s Social Care strategy to drive down the need for care placements, particularly for older children, and are working in partnership with a range of other innovative services to provide early help and intensive intervention across the spectrum of need.
There has been a rise in emerging and developing Mental Health (MH) and Emotional Wellbeing issues in children and young people both in Essex and Nationally. The most recent data suggests that 1 in 10 children and young people have some form of clinically diagnosable MH problem. A growing gap has also developed between the level of need and the capacity of services to meet need, particularly for young people whose needs are emerging, low level, or early.
The DBIT Emotional wellbeing team is an innovative pilot demonstration project. It will provide specialist Solution Focused therapeutic intervention to children and young people aged 8-17 who are experiencing challenges to their emotional wellbeing and/or mental health. The team will deliver sessions with young people where there has been an identified need for early intervention emotional wellbeing/mental health support, where the EWMHS intervention criteria has not been met or not engaging with the young person.
Over the course of the pilot project the team will also develop and deliver bespoke training across Childrens social care workforce in intervening with children and young people experiencing emotional wellbeing difficulties.
Solution Focused has a growing and established reputation in therapeutic intervention with children and young people and with those experiencing emerging and low-level emotional wellbeing and mental health difficulties.
DBIT have become leaders in the Solution Focused field, both in interventions and also in delivering training both internally and externally, with this project further seeking to meet the growing need of children and adolescents in Essex currently suffering and struggling with emerging emotional wellbeing and low-level mental health issues.
Practitioners will each be aligned to and work within or across quadrants whilst coming together as part of the countywide team of practitioners supported by a Practice Supervisor and 2 mental health coordinators aligned to the project.
We are looking for practitioners with experience and knowledge of the Solution Focused approach, however this is not essential with full and intense training and support provided to Emotional wellbeing practitioners once in post.
This role with the D-BIT Service will require staff to work a basic week (Mon - Fri) but also to be able to work flexibly, which will include some evenings and occasional weekend activity.
Skills, Knowledge and Experience
- A recognised social work qualification i.e. Diploma, degree or Masters in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent, with current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered social worker.
- Evidence of continuing professional development, aligned to any relevant Professional Competency/Capability frameworks or Knowledge and Skills Statements.
- Experience within a social work setting with evidence of challenging social and family situations.
- Strong communication skills and an ability to develop a rapport and engage with diverse groups of individuals.
- Developing strong relationships with partners, other agencies and the local community, to achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for children and families.
- Understand delivery of value for money interventions balanced against need.
- Evidence of clear decision making in order to highlight and limit the potential risks associated with intervention.
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider 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 licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) 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 go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service
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If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.