Social Worker -- Kinship Assessment Team

Location West Sussex
Salary £34.62 - £36.80 per hour
The Kinship Care Team offer an assessment and support service to kinship carers (including Connected Persons Foster Carers and Special Guardians), who offer permanence for children who are not able to remain in the care of their birth parents. The Kinship Service brings together assessment and support for kinship carers.
We are recruiting for Social Workers to complete the kinship assessments and your role will be to complete the Initial Viability Assessments (including within and out of county).
You will need to have comprehensive child protection experience to be able to oversee the balance and assessment of risk. You will have a very good understanding of what an excellent assessment looks like and an ability to make good practice decisions in a timely manner. You will need to work collaboratively with other areas of Children’s Services and professionals involved in the care planning process of a child’s life. We are looking for an emotionally intelligent, organised, resilient individual who is able to work to Court directed deadlines whilst ensuring the highest quality of assessment, and also effectively balancing the demands of working on a number of different assessments at the same time. The team has a strong and supportive leadership ethos and is committed to the professional development of all members. The Kinship Care Team is enthusiastic and dedicated to completing complex and, at times, finely balanced assessments with comprehensive support plans. It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a creative team within Children’s Services which is recognised for positively contributing to children’s care plans.
Completing IVA’s has a quick turnaround, these will need to be completed efficiently and in a timely manner
Pay rate : £38 - £42 depending on experience
Location : County Hall, Horsham
Working arrangements : Fortnightly meeting in the office, home visits are an essential part of the role and working from home to write up assessments and some parts of the assessment can be done virtually.
The ideal candidate needs:
- To be an experienced worker with at least 2/3 years’ experience.
- have recent front line – child protection work
- have good assessment skills where they are able to identify risk
- experience of direct work with children to be able to identify their needs
- Good multi agency working experience