Interim Principal Social Worker - Children's Services
Hampton’s are currently working in partnership with a Local Authority in the North to support with the recruitment of an Interim Principal Social Worker for 6-9 month contract.
The Principal Social Worker will be responsible for supporting social workers to improve the quality of social work practice. The post-holder will work alongside social workers and Manager's to identify opportunities to improve social work delivery and provide independent scrutiny of practice and standards.
Pay Rate: £400 - £450 Per Day Ltd Inside IR35.
Role and Responsibilities
- The post-holder will be responsible for relating the views of social workers to senior managers and ensuring the views and experiences of children and families are fully considered in the planning and delivery of social care services.
- Champion professional social work practice within the local authority, and contribute to developments at a regional and national level including liaison with the Government-appointed Chief Social Worker;
- Develop effective and representative forums for social workers and other social care practitioners to hear feedback on services and to gather information on the improvements or changes needed to improve social care practice, ensuring that feedback is reported to managers at all levels in the organisation;
- Maintain an overview of the effectiveness of social care services for children and represent the views of social workers to all levels of management within the local authorities and to partner agencies represented on the Children and YP's Trust Board;
- Provide quality assurance of social work practice including observation of social workers, LAC reviews and child protection case conferences, as well as chairing complex case work meetings where decisions are not clear cut;
- Support and advise on the implementation of children’s social care reforms, particularly the Munro Review, and the development of more child-centred and outcome focused services;
- Lead on the development and review of policies and procedures relating to the delivery of social work, ensuring there are effective systems in place to protect children and YP from significant harm;
- Provide regular progress and assurance reports to Elected Member scrutiny committees and Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) and to national bodies including the Social Work Reform Board and Chief Social Worker;
- Provide professional support to social workers and other practitioners working in multi-agency and multi-disciplinary teams;
- Consult with children, YP and their families on the quality of social care services, representing the views and experiences of children and YP and recommending to managers where services must be improved;
- Maintain a current awareness of evidence-based research and developments in children’s social care and disseminate this to social workers, practitioners and managers to inform their practice;
- Provide input into the review and development of the Integrated Children’s System to ensure that it supports social work practice;
- Escalate concerns about specific children or YP to the Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care (or an appropriate senior manager in Children’s Social Care) where there are safeguarding issues.
To find out more please call or email me Gary: 01926 353 999 / firstname.lastname@example.org