Social Worker-Chidren -Safeguarding

Location Southwark
Salary £34.00 - £37.00 per hour
Discipline
Responsibilities (in line with Knowledge and Skills Statements for Children’s
Social Workers)
PURPOSE OF THE JOB
To provide a comprehensive, effective, integrated, systemically-informed social
work service, within Southwark’s practice framework. To deliver excellent social
work practice, assessing complex need, and planning and working purposefully
with families. To support networks and other professionals to manage risk,
safeguard children and promote positive outcomes. To provide a social work
service which is both relationship-based and which responds in a timely manner
within statutory guidelines, working collaboratively with the team.
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES
Responsibilities (in line with Knowledge and Skills Statements for Children’s
Social Workers)
1. Work directly with children, young people and families to provide focused
and purposeful systemically-informed social work within Southwark’s practice
framework, with explicit aims and objectives about desired outcomes which
are proportionate to each child’s identified risk and need.
2. Establish rapport, build and maintain professional, respectful, and honest
relationships with children, young people their families, and professional
networks, to develop trust and assist in safeguarding children, resolving
conflict and promoting positive and timely outcomes.
3. Deliver social work practice which is informed by statutory guidance, best
evidence, and research knowledge.
Communication
4. Present complex information in writing and in person in a range of settings,
including professional input at meetings such as child protection
conferences, Looked After Child reviews, fostering or adoption panels,
youth justice panels, and representing the Council at Court.
5. Maintain case records and management information on appropriate
systems, ensuring that case files are organised and up to date.
6. Manage and organise complex information, producing comprehensive,
analytic, high quality reports which evaluate the most appropriate
interventions and make cogent arguments based on evidence.
Child development
7. Observe and talk with children and young people in their various
environments to help understand their physical and emotional worlds and
patterns of development, taking account of typical development over time,
including the quality of child and parent/carer interaction.
Adult mental ill health, substance misuse, domestic abuse, physical ill
health and disability
8. Identify the impact on children of adult mental ill health, substance misuse,
domestic abuse, physical ill health and disability, including those that may
indicate risk. Access the help of other professionals to ensure children’s
best interests are prioritised whilst vulnerable adults are safeguarded.
Abuse and neglect of children
9. Lead investigations of concerns about significant harm, in consultation with
managers and other professionals. Devise, implement and review care
plans, including the development and management of protection plans
within a child protection framework.
Child and family assessment
10. Carry out in-depth ongoing evidence-based assessment of social need and
risk to children, in line with statutory guidance, working directly with children
and young people and all key family members, and gathering information
from other agencies. Use professional curiosity and authority, maintaining a
position of partnership, whilst recognising when there is a need for immediate