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Qualified Social Worker - Children With Disabilities

  • Location

    Ealing, London

  • Sector:

    Social Care

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    £35.00 - £38.00 per hour

  • Contact:

    Ben Holden

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  • Job ref:

    Ben - CWD_1631539737

  • Published:

    5 days ago

  • Expiry date:


Ealing Social Services are looking for a qualified social worker to join their children with disabilities team.

Purpose of role:
* To work as part of a team providing a consistent, timely and cost effective service improving outcomes for young people aged between 0 and 18.
* To improve outcomes for young people; enabling them to have security, stability and to be safeguarded in all aspects of their lives.
* To maintain high standards of professional practice and to be responsible for social work provision in accordance with the legislative and regulatory framework and departmental guidance and procedure.

Key accountabilities:
* With supervision and advice, you will manage a caseload undertaking the tasks of assessment, planning, implementation, and review of service outcomes; negotiating for and co-ordinating the application of resources.
* To undertake supportive and preventative work with individuals and families; including supporting a family to maintain caring for a child at home. Providing a higher level of support to families with complex needs, serving as a change agent in different ways, and maximising the professional network involved.
* To carry out risk assessments and undertake work with vulnerable children and young people under The London Child Protection Procedures.
* Maintain working knowledge of relevant government legislation, regulations, guidance and best practice.
* To help children, young people, their families and carers identify areas of difficulty, then identifying and obtaining appropriate support for them.
* Using professional autonomy, and in consultation with manager, to investigate all cases referred where young people are thought to be in need of care and control, exposed to danger, ill treatment or neglect and to take appropriate action.
* To keep and maintain accurate, quality and up to date records on cases, using the appropriate computer systems of visits made and all other work carried out. Reports to be placed on correct form on client files and reviews of current cases to be undertaken with senior colleagues.
* To liaise with other agencies and multi-disciplinary professionals to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people.
* As part of case management, liaise with relevant colleagues in other service areas and council departments.
* To maintain confidentiality and observe the principles of data protection; be able to recognise and respond appropriately to situations where it is necessary to share information to safeguard service users, carers and others.
* To be proactive in implementing the Council's Equality and Diversity police, both in professional practice and service delivery; both in professional practice and service delivery.
* To support the Council's vision for both Children's Services in line with overall corporate objectives.
* To develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of departmental policies and procedures.
* To represent the team on working groups or liaison/ multi-disciplinary meetings, this may include health, housing and other agencies.
* To take responsibility for own continuous professional development and learning.
* To continually re-appraise own professional performance through the appraisal scheme, regular structured supervision sessions with line manager as well as on-going consultation to keep supervisor informed of any changes that require management decisions.
* To contribute to training and development activities on practice issues.
* To undertake other duties at a similar responsibility level as may be allocated.

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
1. Ability to practice within the legal and ethical boundaries of the profession, managing dilemmas and conflicting values professionally in practice and respecting the confidentiality and the dignity of others.
2. Knowledge and application of relevant legislation and associated policies, theories and frameworks to inform social work practice.
3. Ability to apply in practice a working knowledge of child development, family dynamics, current social work research and theories.
4. Ability to apply a wide range of knowledge and skills to help build family and other relationships, resource and resilience so that the welfare of the young person is paramount.
5. Ability to work with service users from diverse backgrounds and an understanding of the impact of discrimination in the delivery of services.
6. Working knowledge of the impact of adult behaviours (e.g. mental health, substance misuse, and domestic violence) on family functioning.
7. Sound knowledge of theory, research and reflective practice.
8. Ability to prioritise work, exercise initiative and use personal authority appropriately.
9. Ability to critically reflect upon and analyse information from a wide range of evidence sources to inform decision-making.
10. Ability to communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with young people with different abilities, their families, colleagues and other multi-disciplinary professionals.
11. Ability to write to a professional standard.
12. Ability to proactively engage with colleagues and a range of organisations, to identify, assess, plan and support the needs of service users.
13. Ability to use effective evidence-based interventions and to plan, monitor and evaluate the outcome of those interventions.
14. Ability to take responsibility for own conduct, practice and learning; active engagement in continuous professional development, supervision and enabling the learning of others.
15. Ability to work ethically and manage dilemmas and conflicting values professionally in practice.

Key relationships:
* Clients (children and young people)
* Carers
* Children and Families Directorate
* Adult Directorate
* Multi-disciplinary professionals within/ outside the organisation
* Legal department
* Police
* Education
* Health
* Voluntary Services
* Clinical Commissioning groups
* Mental Health Trusts
* Regulatory Bodies
* Care Providers
* Social care training and development