Social Worker

Location Dorset
Salary £30 - £38 per hour
The position is for a Consultant Social Worker in the Children’s Advice and Duty Service, which works to ensure that all new referrals to the Children’s Services are directed through consultation/conversation to the right service at the right time.

Calls from partner agencies are received through a ‘professionals only’ telephone line between 8am and 10pm Monday to Sunday with the consultant social workers available during these times to provide advice and support to other professionals, asking key questions about the risks and strengths within families and then agreeing together who is best placed to meet the needs of a child.

Ultimately, the consultant social worker has decision-making responsibility and is the most senior professional on duty during evenings and weekends.

Consultant Social Workers will be the clinical expert and lead professional, offering advice and consultation to partner professionals, signpost to appropriate alternative services available in the localities and take social work and early help referrals to Children’s Services.

This is a decision-making role and there is an expectation that the post holder will progress Contacts and Referrals in line with the Continuum of Need and progress the 24 hour decisions on Contacts and Referrals within the expected timeframes, alongside the CHAD Managers.