Social Worker - Children's Safeguarding

Location Liverpool
Salary £21 - £23 per hour

• 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.
• Be accountable for complex decision making in relation to caseloads ensuring professional judgement, evidence based tools, critical reflection and analysis to inform this.
• Model critical reflection and evidence based decision making and support others in developing these.

• 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.
• Identify and assess levels of risk and need (within statutory frameworks) in often complex situations. Deliver protective and/or supportive services for children at risk, in need and/or looked after. To maintain up to date assessments, care plans and reviews.
• Communicate skilfully and confidently in complex or high risk situations. Model and help others develop communication skills
• Attend and represent the department at a range of multi-disciplinary forums and undertaking the role of Chair as required.
• Undertake Achieving Best Evidence interviews as required.
• Undertake direct work with children, young people and their families in line with Children in Need, Child Protection and Care plans.
• Work co-operatively with colleagues and in partnership within the Council and across multi - agency boundaries.
• Contribute to current practice expectations, identifying areas of poor practice issues and taking appropriate action.
• Model inclusive practice in relation to identity and diversity, challenging any issues of concern.
• Take responsibility for obtaining regular professional supervision to ensure effective practice, reflection and career development.
• Prepare and participate in Performance and Development Reviews, identifying areas for improvement and carrying out agreed learning and development opportunities including using research to inform practice.
• Take responsibility for the professional learning and development of self and others including participating in team meetings and contributing to the development of the team.
• Ensure that reports are up to date, of a high quality and submitted according to appropriate timescales.
• Ensure that expenditure on cases is properly authorised and recorded.
• Be responsible for accurate, sensitive, timely and up to date data entry on all cases including:
- data entry on ICS and any other electronic tools or database
- data required for specific PIs/targets,
- Due consideration being given to any legal and human rights of the individuals concerned.