Social Worker - Children in Care Specialist Team (UASC)

Working For Essex
£30,000 - £39,999
12 Jun 2018
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Social Worker - Children in Care Specialist Team


Salary from £30,000 to £35,000Permanent

Full Time contract - 37 hours a week

Job Purpose Summary

The specialist role is working with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) who arrive in Essex. This includes carrying out a needs assessment at point of entry and if the age of the young person is in dispute carrying out an age assessment. We support young people to make a claim for asylum, which includes identifying legal representation and attending appointments at the Home Office. Over and above being UASC our young people are looked after children (LAC).

The role includes managing a defined caseload, the social worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people and families/carers to achieve positive change and improved outcomes. This includes enquiry, assessment, purposeful intervention through direct work and review in relation to child protection, child in need and children looked after, achieving permanency through care for children in care, whilst acknowledging that any decision on permanency will be dependent on the Home Office decision on length of leave to remain in the UK.

Our children in care teams work with children and young people who are in care up to the age of 18. Children in care teams provide a high-quality service to children who are unable to live at home and are placed with foster carers or supported accommodation post 16 years of age. The work includes ensuring that all statutory requirements are met and include undertaking care proceedings and supporting children who return home where family have been identified. The team are committed to high quality work and engagement with all children in care to maximise the potential of young people. They work with a range of agencies, including Home Office, immigration, solicitors and health and education to ensure that care plans are effective.

Why not check out what our current team has to say about working in the children in care team

Why work with us in Harlow?Local parking for staff, car permits providedGreat team morale, friendly, helpful, supportive colleagues.Permanent managers in both areas who are supportive, encouraging and available.Both teams encourage co working. Senior social workers link with more junior staff to offer great learning and development opportunities.Great training pathways for staff, encouragement to all staff for their continual professional development, to include progression.Good working relationships with other teams and professionals. Step down processes to partner agencies embedded.Staff are provided with monthly reflective supervisionWe are passionate about the use of systemic thinking/practice in interventions What you'll need to join our Social Work teams

To play a key part in transforming the lives of children and families, you will have a Diploma or Degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent and Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Social Worker. Be able to demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS)

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.

Qualification certificates must be brought to interview.

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit:

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link:

Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 033 005 83330*.

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Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us.

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