Senior Practitioner Social Worker - Children's

Location Bedford
Salary £29 - £33 per hour
1. To assess the needs of children & young people and families, carers, groups & communities using standard assessment tools and within prescribed timescales so that plans made are timely and evidence-based.
2. Plan, implement, review & evaluate (with input from with Commissioning & other partners) social work interventions in complex cases which by their nature challenge current resources and deliver the optimum outcomes for service users and their carers in fresh and imaginative ways, demonstrating an understanding of issues of diversity and difference and their impact on service users
3. Continuously identify and assess risk of harm to children & young people or their communities and ensure that plans are implemented to manage these risks.
4. Communicate with and build effective working relationships with other professionals and colleagues who are working with the child/young person and their family to ensure that any planned interventions maximise the outcomes for the child/young person.
5. Ensure that all work is recorded promptly and accurately to the required standards.
6. Ensure that children & young people and their families are enabled to express their needs and views and that these are identified in plans.
7. Effectively participate and represent the authority in legal proceedings and other decision making forums so that children and young people’s needs are met.
8. Produce written reports within timescales/deadlines as prescribed by the Authority.
9. Effectively manage and remain accountable for a portfolio of complex cases and other tasks in both routine and crisis situations so that statutory deadlines are met and plans are delivered within available resources.
10. Represent the Council to the public in such a way as to ensure quality of service and information in line with the Council’s customer charter.
11. Challenge own practice and that of others and seek support and assistance using appropriate procedures to ensure safe practice.
12. To lead teams of colleagues on large cases monitoring guiding and directing the work of colleagues.
13. To provide effective professional supervision to staff in line with service procedures as directed
14. Contribute to the development of self and the service through attendance and contribution to team, service and corporate events and training, and leadership of multi agency groups as required. Facilitate the dissemination of best practice and research through the team in support of the manager.
15. Understand and implement local health & safety procedures to ensure the safety of self & colleagues at all times.
16. Research, analyse, evaluate and use current knowledge of best social work practice
17. As directed undertake project work as directed
18. Deputise for manager as directed
19. Chair statutory and other meetings as directed
Team Specific Duties & Responsibilities