Experienced Social Worker - Leaving Care Team

Location Swindon, Swindon, England
Salary £36.00 - £38.50 per hour
We are currently recruiting to our Transitions and Leaving Care Service. We are looking for an Experienced Social Worker who is fully committed to ensuring that both our Children Looked After and Care Leavers are supported in their transition to adulthood. We would require you to have an understanding of legislation that is relevant to both Children Looked After and for those Leaving Care and a genuine want to work with young people and adults. You will need to have a good understanding and awareness of adolescent development, and the vulnerabilities young people can face when transitioning towards adulthood
Toundertakeprofessionalandcomprehensivecaseworkforacomplexcaseloadofchildrenandyoung people.  Tomaintain high professionalstandards andgood overall knowledge ofrelevantlegislation regulation and practicemethods,ensuringthatyouareabreastofnewdevelopments.Provideguidanceand supporttoless experiencedstafftohelpthemdeveloptheirprofessionalskillsandknowledge.  Aslead professional, to contribute to the provision of good quality services which integrate governmentand localinitiatives andguidance(includingWorking Together,Child Protection procedures, Looked AfterChildren’sprocesses,theAssessmentFrameworkandCommon Assessment Framework). Key Accountabilities Casework  Manage anallocatedcaseload appropriate totheextensive experience ofthe Experienced Social Worker,to include complex assessments of children,families and parenting and other work tomeet statutory requirements.  WorkwithinSwindonBoroughCouncil’s policies,procedures andgoodpractice guidelinesin orderto meet the needs ofthe children and families allocated.  Work with children and young people, families, carers and communities to help them make informed decisions, engender change enabling them to clarify and express their needs, and contribute to serviceplanning.  Maintain up to date case notes and otherrecords, utilising relevantIT systems, and write reports, including courtreports, and give expert evidence in court.  Undertakespecialistassessments,foryourandotherworkers’cases,forcourtproceedings, including parenting and kinship assessments.  Ensure that casework is up todate, comprehensively written up, andmanaged within agreed timescales.  Ensureyourmanageris keptfully appraised of problems arising fromcases orwork loadandtoseek advice as and when necessary.  When working withfamilies,to recognise monitor and assessrisk. To ensure information aboutriskis escalated tomanagersin a timelymanner.  Developandmaintainpositiveworkingrelationshipswithserviceusersandotherprofessionals.  Model good practice helping to setthe expectationsforothers.  Whereappropriate act asthedutyworkerfortheteamresponding toqueries andissues