Social Workers - Multi Agency Risk Assessment Team (MARAT)
Permanent, Full Time
£32,065 to £43,839 per annum
Closing date: 23rd June 2021
Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity, and compassion; promoting development and wellbeing of children, young people, and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers, and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.
The Multi Agency Risk Assessment Team (MARAT) is a team that brings together representatives from a number of agencies (both statutory and voluntary) to discuss the safety, health and well-being of people experiencing high risk domestic abuse, draw up an action plan to make them safer. The Children and Families Hub has a Social Worker and Senior Practitioner embedded within MARAT, based at County Hall, Chelmsford. The role involves undertaking initial triage of high-risk Domestic Abuse notifications, being a point of contact between MARAT, the Children and Families Hub and field work teams and representing the Children and Families Service at MARAC meetings.
The Children and Families Hub is the single point of contact for members of the public and professionals to raise concerns about the welfare and safety of children residing in Essex. We aim to work with families as soon as any difficulties become apparent, to help them identify the things they want to change and provide the right level of intervention at the right time.
The Children and Families Hub provides both early help and statutory advice, guidance via the Consultation Line and access to Family Solutions and Children’s Social Care services for children and families with identified Level 3-intensive and Level 4- specialist needs. The Hub champions Essex’s organisational behaviours to inspire, be innovative, enable, collaborate and deliver. The Children and Families Hub is an office based due to the function of the service and staff being essential key workers.
The role reports directly to a Senior Practitioner and will be a member of a large team of social workers and alternatively qualified staff. The role is focussed upon delivering excellent social work practice, with offering advice to professionals who have safeguarding concerns for children and undertaking triage to establish whether there is an ongoing role for children’s social care to assist parents in ensuring their child’s safety. The postholder is responsible for bringing to bear the highest possible standards in social work practice, ability and skills, working in accordance with defined legal frameworks, policy and procedures.
What you will need
- Diploma or degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent
- Registration with the Social Work England as a registered Social Worker
- Demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards eg Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS)
- Case recording
- Demonstrate ability in the application of social work 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, social work case recording systems
- Required to work flexibly as required, including evenings and weekends if necessary
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://www.gov.uk/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://www.workingforessex.com/working-here/pay-reward/ 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 queries on this role or require anything further, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0333 013 5888. Lines are open Monday to Friday between 08:30 - 16:30.