Social Worker - Adoption TeamCressing Temple Barns, BraintreeSalary GBP30,000 to GBP35,000 per annumPermanentFull Time contract - 37 hours per week Job Purpose Summary Working in the Adoption Service undertaking the family finding task for children aged 4yrs +, larger siblings groups and children with disabilities. Managing a defined caseload, the Social Worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people & families/carers to achieve positive change and improved outcomes in achieving permanency through Adoption. Role Specific AccountabilitiesAssess, plan, review and provide support to a child, family or carer with complex family or social care needs, taking full account of appropriate legal frameworks, policy and guidanceAssess family functioning, providing help and support, when relationship breakdown threatens to impair the health or well-being of children at risk of abuse or neglectWork collaboratively, building effective working relationships with other professionals, internally and externally to help children, young people and families improve and gain control of their lives when safety or ability to participate in their community is restrictedCarry out an assessment or enquiry and plan responses to safeguard a child from abuse, neglect or exploitation, building effective relationships with children, adults and families as appropriate, including intervention when information or circumstances suggest there may be a need to remove a child from their parents or carersArrange appropriate alternative care (including, where appropriate a permanent home) in collaboration with children, young people and their parents/carers where the parents/carers cannot care for themPromoting autonomy and development with individuals who have complex social needs and are more vulnerable as a result of disability, exclusion, or diminished capacity, for example, working with people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or diminished capacityMake a report to support an application for a care, adoption or other order as relevantHold a caseload of a level of complexity and provide case management, guidance, support and expert advice to social care staff, students and newly qualified social workers, as and when requiredUndertake assessments of children's parenting needs, as well as sibling assessments, in order to inform family finding and support the child's transition to a permanent home.Undertake therapeutic Life Story work with children and their adoptive parent(s) to support their understanding of trauma they may have experienced.Offer support to birth parents where care plans of adoption have been ratified for their children by the courts.
What you'll need to join our Social Work teams To play a key part in transforming the lives of children and families, you'll be a DIPSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent graduate. This will be backed up by post-qualification experience as a children's social worker. Open to change and ready to innovate, you will be keen to join an environment where you can stretch yourself professionally, make an impact individually and deliver positive outcomes collaboratively. Knowledge, Skills and Experience:DipSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent - essentialHCPC registration as a registered social worker - essentialSkills in assessment and report writingKnowledge of court work in relation to child care matters and an understanding of the legal processKnowledge of current legislation pertinent to child protection (e.g. Children Act 1989, Children Act 2004, Guidance and Regulations, Every Child Matters)Knowledge of current legislation relating to adult social careKnowledge of disability issues, including SEND legislationKnowledge of therapeutic methods of working with dysfunctional families and/or families in crisis
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the County of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.
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