Social Care - Qualified

Location Liverpool
Salary £28.00 - £30.50 per hour

  • Ensure the Council meets its statutory obligations to safeguard children, complying with legislation, policy and procedures and relevant frameworks.
  • Work within safeguarding frameworks to investigate and manage risk where children and young people have experienced or are likely to experience significant harm.
  • Ensure that all information is gathered to inform risk assessments and critically analysed to inform the plan.
  • Ensure that own/others casework decision making is robust by providing challenge and critical refection with detailed analysis informing professional judgements.
  • Hold and effectively manage a complex and varied caseload with appropriate supervision, guidance and support, reflecting the function of the team and Children’s Social Care in accordance with policy, procedures, guidance and legislation.
  • Undertake work within legislative frameworks including the preparation of written statements and representations to the judiciary at Court hearings.
  • Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the range of theories and models for social work intervention with individuals, families, groups and communities, and the methods derived from them.
  • Have delegated responsibility for the supervision and development of team members, including Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) and social work students, ensuring high quality standards of performance and practice.
  • Actively engage in risk management policies, procedures and practice and to advise the Team Manager of resource shortfalls and recommend improved methods of working where appropriate.
  • Apply the principles of the Working Together Framework to promote best outcomes for children, young people and families.
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external colleagues to co-ordinate service delivery. To chair/contribute to multi agency and Service meetings.
  • Model effective communication skills appropriate to role and communicate effectively in highly charged or challenging circumstances.
  • Respond to the needs of children, young people and families, whilst meeting statutory responsibilities and ensuring views and wishes are heard and recorded accurately.
  • Ensure both own reports and those of others are up to date, of a high quality and submitted according to appropriate timescales
  • Encourage and ensure that children, young people, families, and significant others are involved in and contribute to assessment planning, interventions and decision making using agreed Evidence Based Assessment tools .
  • Maintain own Continuous Professional Development and develop a high level of professional knowledge through research, and reading, providing a source of expertise and developing specialist knowledge as required. To develop the required management knowledge and expertise.
  • Promote leading edge innovative best practice across all tiers of the team.



  • Be involved in decision making in relation to resource allocation, service delivery, closure of work and all day to day operational matters whilst achieving best value in the way those services are delivered.
  • Ensure that resources are used to optimum efficiency including effective management of devolved budgets

Performance Management

  • Contribute to the Quality Control and Quality Assurance frameworks including supporting the manager in the development and monitoring of team plans; the delivery of effective personal professional supervision and mentoring; performance development reviews;
  • Model inclusive practice in relation to identity and diversity, challenging any issues of concern.
  • Assist in the establishment, management and maintenance of monitoring systems for assessment and case management in order to maintain effective professional, managerial and budgetary control.
  • Use, monitor and support the use of the Integrated Children’s System (ICS) in-house database and fully utilise the capability of the system across the team.
  • Deputise for the Team Manager in his/her absence ensuring high quality and effective social work practice
  • Contribute to the professional development of the team, students and volunteers.
  • Ensure that client information data is lawfully gathered, accurate, up to date and only divulged in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and the local government common law duty of confidentiality.  Failure to apply these duties can lead to the individual or the Service facing court proceedings.

  • Develop the City Council’s commitment to equal opportunities and to promote non-discriminatory practices in all aspects of work undertaken.