Social Worker - Safeguarding Childrens Services

Location Southwark
Salary £40500 - £47300 per annum
Discipline
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 action.
Analysis, decision-making, planning and review
11. Manage a varied caseload, planning work activities, prioritising tasks
and responsibilities, testing multiple hypotheses, balancing risks and
family strengths, using evidence and professional judgement to ensure
positive and timely outcomes.
12. Work purposefully with other practitioners to devise and implement childcentred written plans of work with children and their families, in various
settings including family homes, applying twin and triple track planning to
minimise delay. Provide advice and support to less experienced social work
staff, and chair professional meetings when required.
13. Ensure multi-disciplinary input at all stages, negotiate with other agencies
to promote positive outcomes and ensure an integrated approach on
complex issues.
The law and the family and youth justice systems
14. Ensure that statutory duties are met for vulnerable children and families
with complex problems, including taking responsibility for child protection
processes in emergency situations.
15. Use the law and statutory guidance, seeking advice as required, to
inform practice decisions, support families, protect children, look after
children in public care, or support young people within a youth justice
setting, preparing and presenting evidence to court when necessary.
The role of supervision
16. Work with a degree of independence without the need for close supervision,
whilst recognising when and how to seek advice from managers and senior
colleagues. Use supervision to identify strategies to build professional
resilience and balance the potential for bias in decision-making.
17. Contribute experience and expertise to group supervision processes, to
support evidence-informed judgements.
Organisational context
18. Deliver services flexibly across different parts the service and within
homes, schools or community settings. Contribute to organisational
development, helping to sustain a learning culture, and in multiagency liaison processes where required.
19.Deliver child focused practice in accordance with the Council’s
equality policies and Southwark Stands Together pledges