Experienced Social Worker

Location Wirral, England
Salary £25.00 - £28.50 per hour
Discipline
Experience in fostering is preferred with the opportunity to join a new team with well managed caseloads and regular supervision and management support. To assess mainstream fostering applicants and to be part of our current recruitment campaign for mainstream foster carers. This includes the assessment of connected carers and the supervision of temporarily approved foster carers. Assessments completed include viability, form F, form C and special guardianship assessments. To provide clear and measured reports against the national minimum standards for fostering. All casework transfers to other teams within the service following approval at fostering panel.

  • Provide information and support to enable people, groups and communities to access universal services, commission a range of services designed to minimise risks, and improve the quality of life for individuals, families, carers/carer groups and communities.  Demonstrate critical awareness of current issues and evidence based best practice.
  • Balance needs and risks with rights and choices, taking account of power differences and promoting positive outcomes for individuals, families and carers.
  • Liaise with colleagues in own and other departments and external agencies in order to gather information relevant to assessment and reviewing of care planning activities.
  • Accurately record and critically analyse information, following organisational policies and meet organisational responsibilities for safeguarding.
  • Undertake statutory duties relating to safeguarding concerns.
  • Work across organisational boundaries and contribute to the work of established and developing multi agency teams, applying your skills, knowledge and professional judgement within the council and agency requirements helping to ensure seamless service responses to individuals with multiple needs.
  • Undertake social work with families in order to reduce the need for care or accommodation and a range of community care and safeguarding assessments in accordance with relevant statutory requirements, identifying risks and appropriate support plans.
  • Maintain and update case notes and other records, prepare statements or reports for, attend and give evidence in court in care proceedings, private law cases and adoption proceedings as appropriate.
  • When required give evidence in Court in relation to Care Proceedings or other Court related matters.
  • Developed expertise in one or more areas of practice, and familiar with local resources and be recognised by peers as a source of reliable knowledge and advice.
  • Work independently and demonstrate an ability to adapt their approach to more complex cases.
  • Balance needs and risks with rights and choices, taking account of power differences and promoting positive outcomes for individuals, families and carers.
  • Provide an oversight of cases and give clear directions and supportive actions within appropriate timescales to members of staff within the team.