Cheshire West- Qualified Social Worker- Children in Need Team

Posted 26 April 2024
Salary Up to £37 per hour
Job type Contract
Discipline Social Care
Contact NameJames Jackson

Job description

Qualified Social Worker - Cheshire West & Chester - Children in Need Team

We are recruiting an interim social worker to join our Child in Need Team based in Winsford. We are recruiting additional social workers above our normal establishment to ensure manageable caseloads. With this in mind, we're looking for candidates with at least 3 years post qualified and have significant experience in duty/assessment, child protection and Court skills and have proven performance in quality case work in line with Cheshire Wests expectations, and an ability to work openly and honestly with our children, families and partner agencies.

We offer excellent supervision and manageable caseloads, working alongside stable teams of experienced social workers and permanent established Team Managers. Free parking in all our localities, access to all in house training and development to support CPD.

It is a requirement that the candidate lives within a reasonable distance from Winsford, as whilst we do work hybrid, there is an expectation of regular working from our office bases. Where possible, please can the CV indicate where the candidate resides. Unfortunately, we are not able to support candidates with costs of accommodation or travel.

We have increased our rate to £40 per hour. However, can it please be noted that we are not able to consider CVs that don't specifically meet the clear requirements set out in the order and newly qualified social workers are not suitable for these posts.

Benefits in this role:

* Supportive team and management
* Flexible working available
* Long term contract
* Progression opportunities

Your main responsibilities include:

* Hold and effectively manage a complex and varied caseload with appropriate supervision, guidance, and support, reflecting the function of the team and the Vulnerable People Service in accordance with policy, procedures, guidance and legislation.
* Undertake work within legislative frameworks including the preparation of written statements and representations to the judiciary at Court hearings.
* You will be accountable for complex decision making in relation to caseloads ensuring professional judgement, service user involvement, needs led assessment, critical reflection, and analysis to inform this.
* You will identify and assess levels of risk and need (within statutory frameworks) in often complex situations. Undertake safeguarding investigations and deliver protective and/or supportive services for individuals at risk and maintain up to date assessments, care plans and reviews.
* You will be preparing statements of need/care and support plans, in consultation with other agencies as appropriate, that reflect the wishes of the individual and lead to the commissioning of personalised packages of care.
* You will undertake direct work with adults and their families in line with care plans.
* You will work co-operatively with both internal and external colleagues across multi - agency boundaries.

Essential requirements:

* Social Work England registration
* Eligible to work in the UK
* 2 years+ post-qualified experience
* Degree level or equivalent in Social Work

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