Social Worker Child protection

Location Falkland
Salary £35.00 - £38.00 per hour
Job Purpose

• Undertake professional and comprehensive casework for a complex caseload of children and young people.

• Work with family trauma and parenting difficulties to improve the Department’s ability to manage complex family cases in the long-term.

• Develop services to children in need and their families, and maintain the register of children with disabilities.

• Maintain high professional standards and good overall knowledge of relevant legislation, regulation and practice methods, and provide guidance and support to less experienced staff to help them develop their professional skills and knowledge.

• As lead professional, to contribute to the provision of good quality services which integrate government and local initiatives and guidance (including Working Together, Safeguarding Procedures, Looked After Children’s processes, the Single Assessment and Common Assessment Framework).

• Use the Signs of Safety Framework to implement strengths based child protection assessments/planning.

Main Accountabilities:

• Manage an allocated caseload appropriate to the extensive experience of the Social Worker to include complex Signs of Safety assessments of children, families and parenting other work to meet statutory requirements.

• Work within the Falkland Islands Governments policies, procedures and good practice guidelines in order to meet the needs of the children and families allocated.

• Work with children and young people, families, carers and communities in a strengths based approach to help them make informed decisions, engender change enabling them to clarify and express their needs and be partners in service planning.

• Maintain up to date case notes and other records and write reports, including court reports, and give evidence in court.

• Deliver the following programmes to families: Safer Families, the Freedom Project and Parenting Programmes, etc.

• Undertake specialist assessments for court proceedings.

• Ensure the supervisor is kept fully appraised of problems arising from cases or work load and to seek advice as and when necessary.

Job Title: Social Worker – Child Protection
Main Accountabilities: (continued)

• When working with families, to recognise, monitor and assess risk and ensure information about risk is escalated to managers in a timely manner.

• Develop and maintain positive working relationships with service users and other professionals.

• Act as the duty worker for the team responding to queries and issues.

Learning & Development:

• Keep up to date with contemporary issues in children’s social work including legislation and evidence-based practice and use this to inform working practice.

• Use supervision to reflect on cases, and put learning into practice.

• Identify own individual learning needs in line with your social work registration requirements and attend relevant training and development opportunities.

Lead Professional:

• Liaise with colleagues in own and other directorates and external agencies to gather information to inform assessment and care planning activities, jointly plan and deliver interventions.

• Participate in planning/reviewing the cases of children in care, child protection and support fostering arrangements and placements at the Young Person’s Unit.

• Provide constructive challenge to enhance practice, procedures and policies, promote innovation, and introduce new ways of working.

• Contribute to multi-agency actions and objectives.

• Provide leadership and professional wisdom to colleagues and other professionals for work in situations of high complexity.

• Provide professional supervision to Social Work Assistants.

• Carry out any other duties, commensurate with the post, as may be required for the efficient running of the service.


• Works within the parameters agreed with the supervisor or Head of Social Services for a specific piece of work.

• Requires awareness of budgetary limitations to ensure the correct permissions are sought for any proposed expenditure.

The job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive definition of your duties. You shall undertake such additional or other duties as may reasonably be required by FIG commensurate with your role and grade.

Job Title: Social Worker – Child Protection
Additional Information:
• Requirement to deputise for Head of Social Services for Childcare Services during periods of absence.

• Participation in the 24 hour on-call service on a rota basis.
   Must drive