Social Worker North Essex Family Centres
Permanent, Full Time
£30,906 - £42,254 Per Annum
Closing Date: 24th January 2021
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda – one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We’re immensely proud of our flexible working options.In ECC we are “Serious about Social Work”. Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted this is an exciting time to join us. As if that wasn’t enough, Essex has also been announced as a Partner in Practice by the Department of Education, and the Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) is the only Local Authority team in the country to be accredited by BASW as a CPD provider. 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 RoleThe Family Centres in Essex County Council provide a range of interventions to bring about positive change within families, help adults address issues such as domestic abuse which impact their lives and parenting, and increase the resilience of children so that they can stay with their families where it is safe to do so. The Family Centres also provide specialist and bespoke parenting, sibling and risk assessments within the Court arena. They also deliver a variety of group work sessions to vulnerable children and their families.Job Purpose SummaryThe Social Workers within the Essex Family Centre Service are responsible for managing a caseload of specific targeted intervention work, to achieve positive and improved outcomes for children. The post holder is responsible for bringing to bear the highest possible standards of practice, knowledge and skills to work in line with policies and procedures. The work of the Family Centre has two main streams, firstly to add to, or provide, specialist parenting, sibling or risk assessments, many of which are the most complex cases within the Court or PLO arena, acting as an expert witness. The second strand aims to support positive change within families with the aim of enabling children to remain safely within their home, the method of working used is trauma informed and relationship based. As a Family Centre Social Worker you will be responsible for delivering individual and group work programmes aimed to facilitate growth and change. Role Specific AccountabilitiesAssess, plan, review and provide support to a child, family or carer with complex family or social care needs, taking full account of appropriate legal frameworks, policy and guidanceAssess family functioning, providing help and support, when relationship breakdown threatens to impair the health or well-being of children at risk of abuse or neglectWork collaboratively, building effective working relationships with other professionals, internally and externally to help children, young people and families improve and gain control of their lives when safety or ability to participate in their community is restrictedCarry out an assessment or enquiry and plan responses to safeguard a child from abuse, neglect or exploitation, building effective relationships with children, adults and families as appropriate, including intervention when information or circumstances suggest there may be a need to remove a child from their parents or carersAccountable for making recommendations about whether a case has reached the threshold for statutory interventionPromoting autonomy and development with individuals who have complex social needs and are more vulnerable as a result of disability, exclusion, or diminished capacity, for example, working with people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or diminished capacityMaintain up to date, accurate and high quality records of activity on cases. Participate in a range of planning and decision making forums including case discussions, Strategy Meetings, Legal Planning meetings, Child Protection Conferences, Statutory ReviewsMake a report to support an application for a care, adoption or other order as relevantWrite court reports and give evidence in relation to children at risk during legal proceedingsAssess people’s suitability as foster carers, kinship carers (including Special Guardians), or adoptersAct as Practice Educators for social work qualifying course students on practice placements (as appropriate) or Assessor for Newly Qualified Social Workers completing their ASYEWorking with communities, families and individuals to maximise or promote their personal strengths, social networks and resourcesHold a caseload of a level of complexity and provide case management, guidance, support and expert advice to social care staff, students and newly qualified social workers, as and when requiredNon Line Manager Core AccountabilitiesUnderstand the needs of your customers and deliver the best possible outcomes through exemplar behaviour in accordance with ECC’s Values and Core Organisational BehavioursWork flexibly and collaboratively across structural boundaries in support of key outcomesContribute to development of organisational capability by taking ownership of your own training and development, including identifying and taking part in training and development activity and responding to feedback on performanceThinking creatively, challenging the norms, and constructively challenging those around them (including those more senior) to ensure continuous improvement and commercial astuteness, and inspire the same in colleaguesTake responsibility for identifying and responding to areas of risk including Health and Safety and Business ContinuityWork as part of project or process teams as required under the new operating model, ensuring excellent cross functional outputKnowledge, Skills and ExperienceDiploma or Degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalentRegistration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Social WorkerDemonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards eg Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS)Case recordingDemonstrate ability in the application of SW knowledge, using emotional intelligence, analytical skills and act with confidence in challenging social and family situations.A good working knowledge and ability to use information technology and related systems eg, Word, SW case recording systemsRequired 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 licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.Required to work flexibly as required, including evenings and weekends if necessary.Qualification certificates should be brought to interview.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.Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on https://www.workingforessex.com/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.We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0333 013 5888.