No Recourse to Pubic Funds - Social Worker

Location Southwark
Salary £23 - £24 per hour
1. To be responsible for assessing potential service users for eligibility and signposting those who are found not eligible for NRPF support to the appropriate organisations for assistance. This includes providing accurate information and advice to a wide audience including service users, internal and external stakeholders, Immigration services and medical and legal professionals.
2. To interpret and apply knowledge of immigration, human rights and community care legislation to the work of the team and the assessments carried out.
3. To ensure that immigration issues are integral to child in need, community care and mental health assessments that may be undertaken for NRPF clients and to provide specialist advice on the issues affecting the NRPF client group as required.
4. To undertake detailed human rights assessments of NRPF clients and identify and record any unmet needs ensuring that appropriate referrals for support are made where this is needed.

5. To undertake regular reviews of existing cases ensuring all clients supported continue to be eligible for support, any care needs are being met and provide advice on immigration issues as appropriate.
6. To attend meetings, case reviews, conferences and care planning reviews for NRPF clients as required.

7. To provide reintegration assistance to clients awarded indefinite leave to remain, making sure that they are able to make the transition from council support onto mainstream benefits and/or employment at the point of ceasing NRPF support.
8. To ensure that clients are issued with any subsistence payments that may be needed.

9. To update databases in respect of service user information and to be proficient in the use of the necessary software and IT systems to ensure high standards of record keeping are maintained.
10. To prepare written reports and carry out casework in accordance with relevant national and local standards.

11. To work closely with the practice group to assess need, plan and deliver focused intervention to safeguard children and promote positive outcomes.
12. Where appropriate, refer and signpost for the provision of further support. This may include, but is not limited to, Adult Social Care, Children’s Social Care, Housing Solutions and Revenues and Benefits.
13. Where appropriate, take a proactive approach to tackling misinformation and fraudulent applications. This may include but is not limited to notifying the Anti-Fraud and Audit Team, and providing support to any subsequent investigations.
14. Manage an active caseload of clients efficiently and effectively. Adhere to service deadlines and regularly review cases to ensure swift progress.
15. Keep abreast of all relevant developments in policy and legislation, which may impact upon your ability to make assessments. This may include attendance of regional best practice forums.
16. Assist the NRPF Team Leader to prepare reports and statistics on service performance for internal use.
17. Assist other council departments and external stakeholders who may require information about NRPF cases and the Community Support Unit. This may include presentations and training sessions.
18. Contribute towards cross-departmental projects for people subject to immigration control, initiatives to reduce fraud and any other relevant work streams.
19. Please note these lists are not exhaustive and are provided for illustrative purposes only.