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The All Age Disability (0-25) / Learning Disability (25+) service provides a comprehensive and integrated social care pathway for Children and Young People with Disabilities and for adults with Learning Disabilities. The Assistant Practitioner role is assigned cases on a rolling basis to review clients to ensure outcome focused goals are being achieved in order to increase or maintain their independence and wellbeing. To provide support to the Social Workers within the team, aiding them in implementing support plans and supporting service users with achieving their identified goals. Providing interventions as part of the review function for the service; completing strength based review documents and updating outcome focussed support planning and take part in safeguarding enquiries as appropriate. PRINCIPLE ACCOUNTABILITIES 1. To undertake reviews both inside and outside of Southwark, ensuring that an individuals care and support plans are updated and outcome focussed and relevant to the individuals identified goals. This will involve goal setting and identifying people’s strengths, abilities and choices as part of a strength based approach. 2. To ensure both Children’s and Adults statutory requirements are met for reviews, and undertake direct work with service users and their families/carers in line with established support plans. 3. To identify through supervision where cases require further assessment and re-allocation to a social worker. 4. To promote access to paid employment, training, rehabilitation, social and leisure opportunities as part of promoting each person’s independence and social inclusion. 5. To identify risk and undertake risk assessments where safeguarding concerns are evidenced or suspected. 6. To have an understanding of and be able to identify safeguarding concerns as part of the review process, escalating and taking appropriate action in line with the council’s policies and protocols. 7. To support people to increase their independence with tasks within the home. This may include coaching people to be better able to manage home care tasks, budget, pay bills or other similar activities. 8. To communicate effectively and sensitively with people and carers, regardless of their spoken language or communication status. Adapt communication techniques as the situation demands making best use of Directorate informational resources and other methods of communication. 9. To work across agencies and professional boundaries to ensure a whole systems approach to assessment and intervention. Assist people to maximise their independence and co work with colleagues and external professionals to support people to achieve their potential. 10. To write reports, case records and correspondence in line with departmental guidelines and policy and to undertake all administrative duties relating to the social care function. This will include accessing and inputting data into departmental databases, and electronic recording systems. 11. To recognise diversity and apply anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles. To challenge appropriately when discrimination is in evidence. 12. Ensure value for money principles are applied in all areas of service delivery in consultation with supervisor, manager and partner agencies. 13. Undertake other duties appropriate to the post and grade that may reasonably be required from time to time.
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