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About the Job To lead and be accountable for the quality of social work practice within the team, alongside the team manager. This is what we need you to do: Provide high level and professional clinical social work expertise to improve the outcomes for children, young people and their families through evidenced based practice within HCPC standards. Work alongside the principle social worker to ensure that student social workers receive the best possible support and supervision during their placements. Take the lead role in the professional development of social workers and other practitioners through mentoring, coaching, and advice. Be responsible for completing case audits ensuring that social work practice is continuously improved. Manage a small varied caseload to support children and young people with complex and challenging needs. To undertake direct work with children, young people and families in order to manage risk and achieve the sustained and positive outcomes identified in assessments and plans. Lead group reflective supervision to ensure that practice is continuously improved with a view of modelling best practice and ensuring good outcomes. Work closely with the principal social worker to ensure that local training needs are met and evaluated for its impact, on an individual and team basis which is linked to the performance development reviews and supervision. Working with the team manager to interrogate data on a daily basis and support social workers to understand the importance of the data and what it means for children. Ensure that all social work activity is compliant with national guidance, legislation and GCC policies and procedures. Create a culture of continuous professional development, keeping up to date with government guidance and legislation and evidence based practice. Attend relevant meetings which require high level professional input or where the social worker may need to be supported including Court Be accountable for own practice ensuring it is of high quality and reflect bests practice. Maintain and facilitate professional working relationships with all stakeholders stake holders to ensure the effective delivery of services. Support, promote and safeguard the welfare of children and young people. Special Conditions This position is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and you will be asked to apply for a Disclosure Certificate if you are offered the position. The nature of this post requires flexibility to meet urgent work needs as they arise. This will inevitably entail work outside of normal working hours and locations across the county. The post holder must hold a clear and valid driving licence or have the ability to travel around the County. Post holder must meet the competency based criteria. Special Conditions Job Profile The ideal candidate will have: Education and Qualifications (Essential) Qualified social worker and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Evidence of continuous professional development. Practice Educator qualification (or working towards). Experience Supervisory / mentoring / coaching / training experience. A proven track record of good interpersonal and communication skills. Experience of creating a learning culture and environment. Experience working in a statutory setting with children and families. Experience of chairing meetings. Keyboard skills and the ability to use various packages. Knowledge, Skills and Understanding Recognise the high level of confidentiality required in relation to service users, carers and families and help to manage sufficient security of such information. Knowledge of Child Protection Procedures and Frontline work Knowledge of the relevant legislation, including the Children Act 1989 and related law, guidance and procedures. Knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of agencies providing services to children and families. Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to use computerised case recording systems Ability to work within timescales, to organise own workload and to manage time effectively with competing priorities and fluctuating workloads. Ensure social workers are able to assess and manage the risk to children within their caseloads. Behavioural attributes Demonstrates Gloucestershire Leader/
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