Closing Date: 12 Noon on 03/07/2020

Should you require any further information regarding this post, please contact Lupupa Nshimba on 07583 103211

Our Purpose

  • Working alongside people to enable then to live their own lives
  • Enable families and communities to keep children and young people safe and to reach their full potential.

The Purpose of this Role

  • This post is based in the Family Support & Protection Team who are responsible for the assessment and planning for children, young people and their families who are considered to require Social Care involvement to ensure their health and wellbeing and protection from neglect and abuse.
  • You will be required to complete assessments and progress plans that evidences an improvement in the welfare of children and young people within a time frame that is appropriate for the child/young person. In cases where it has not been possible to achieve this within the birth family, social workers will be responsible for preparation of written evidence and the progression of the case to legal proceedings
  • Your case load will consist of a cases that require a high level of statutory intervention including Child Protection, private and Public law cases. In cases where adoption is being considered as an option you will be responsible for this process through to the adoption order.

Expectation and Outcomes of this Role

  • Build relationships with children, young people, their family and carers so that you can understand what matters to them.
  • Assess and plan for children and young people adhering to relevant guidance and legislation
  • Assess and work with multi-agency partners to reduce the level of risk and vulnerability of children and young people.

The outcomes achieved by this role are for children and young people:

  • To be safe
  • To maintain relationships with their family and those who are important to them

Everyday across Monmouthshire Social Workers undertake a range of duties in connection with the assessment and planning of services for children, young people and families/carers. We are looking for somebody who can:

  • Possess a high quality of professional social work knowledge and skills.
  • Have a good knowledge of relevant legislation, policies and procedures relevant for working with children and families.
  • Manage a caseload that includes complex and diverse cases, involving assessments, reviews and the preparation of reports.
  • Be confident in presenting information in formal meetings and at court.
  • Work in a flexible and imaginative way to provide support and advice for children, young people, their families and carers.
  • Complete quality assessments of individuals and families; analysing strengths and risks.
  • Formulate plans to meet assessed needs and risks building on strengths of children, families and carers.
  • Implement agreed plans to safeguard children and to increase the capacity and resilience of their parents and/or carers.
  • Undertake office duty and respond to crises, as and when required.
  • Work as part of a team and contribute to the development of the service.
  • Be willing to supervise Social Work students.
  • Initiate, develop and sustain effective working relationships with foster carers as professionals.
  • Initiate, develop and sustain effective working relationships with partner agencies.
  • Develop your own professional skills through supervision sessions and through undertaking appropriate training and development.
  • Maintain your awareness of changes in legislation, related policies and practices and implement these within own professional practice.
  • Maintain accurate records, which are up-to-date.
  • Work in a flexible way, if the need arises, so that tasks not specifically covered in this job description are undertaken.
  • Registered with the Care Council for Wales.
  • Maintain safe working practices for self and others, in accordance with the authority’s policy statement on Health and Safety at Work.

What we can offer you

  • The opportunity to work within a friendly and dynamic team and make a real difference to the lives and children and families in Monmouthshire
  • The chance to help shape the future provision for service users
  • High quality support and supervision in a friendly and motivated environment
  • Quality training in order to professionally and personally develop your skills and experience
  • Welsh language basics (if required)
  • In line with Service objectives, flexibility to work agilely in order to achieve a positive work life balance
  • An extra two days holiday each year on top of your annual leave

ROLE TITLE: Social Worker – Family Support & Protection Team

POST ID: SCS361

GRADE: BAND I      SCP 31 – SCP 35 (£33,799 – £37,849 per annum)

HOURS:37 per week

LOCATION:Usk and the Monmouthshire locality

RESPONSIBLE TO:Team Manager, Family Support & Protection Team