Social Worker - A&I - Colchester

Essex County Council
27500.00 - 35000.00 GBP Annual
07 Oct 2017
23 Oct 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Social Worker - Assessment & Intervention Team


GBP27,500- GBP35,000 per annum


Full Time - 37 hours a week

An exciting opportunity to join the A & I team in Colchester as a qualified Social Worker

The Role

Family Operations delivers direct provision of services relating to vulnerable children, young people and complex families. These services will be delivered against specifications set by the People Commissioning function in line with the County Council's overarching outcomes. The role reports directly to a Team Manager and will be a member of a small team of children, young people & families professionals focussed on delivering excellent social work practice within given area of service including, but not limited to Assessment & Intervention, Family Support & Protection, Children in Care & Leaving Care, Fostering & Adoption. The post holder is responsible for bringing to bear the highest possible standards in Social Work practice, ability and skills, working in accordance with defined legal frameworks, Policy and Procedures.

Assessment & Intervention Team

The Assessment and Intervention teams (A&I) are the gateway by which children, young people, parents and carers, and other agencies gain access to the Family Operations services of the council. The aim of the Assessment and Intervention team is to undertake incoming assessment and short-term intervention work with families.

Assessment and Intervention teams work in a focused way with those children in need (CIN) and their families offering three months intervention. They also deal with S47 child protection enquiries and work jointly with the police and other partners in assessing immediate risk for children that come to our attention. They transfer cases into longer term teams should families require longer term intervention or the children become subject to a child protection plan or come into care of the local authority.

Why work in Assessment and Intervention North
  • Both Colchester and Clacton A&I teams are based locally in the town centres
  • Local parking for staff, car parking permits provided
  • In both areas' excellent resources, other teams such as FS&P/ Fostering based in the same offices therefore great for collaborative working
  • Great team morale, friendly, helpful, supportive colleagues
  • Permanent Managers in both areas who are supportive, encouraging and available
  • Manageable caseloads
  • 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 Professionals, step down processes to partner agencies embedded.
  • Attractive for those who enjoy fast paced, short term work dealing with referrals from the public and Professionals
  • Within the team we use strengths-based approach within our assessments and also within case discussions
  • Staff are provided with monthly reflective supervision
  • We are passionate about the use of systemic thinking/practice in interventions

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Diploma or Degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Social Worker
  • Demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards eg Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS)
  • Case recording
  • Demonstrate ability in the application of SW knowledge, using emotional intelligence, analytical skills and act with confidence in challenging social and family situations.
  • A good working knowledge and ability to use information technology and related systems eg, Word, SW case recording systems
  • Required to work flexibly as required, including evenings and weekends if necessary.

Required 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.

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Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees, including:

?? A local government pension scheme (LGPS), a career average scheme with employee and employer contributions

?? Annual leave entitlement of up to 29 days per year (depending upon grade and length of service)

?? Purchase of additional annual leave (up to agreed limits)

?? Flexible working arrangements (for most roles but depending upon service requirements)

?? Discounted shopping through a dedicated Reward Portal (including discounts at major supermarkets)

?? Training and development and payment of professional fees (approved professions only)

?? Relocation package (up to GBP8,000) where agreed

?? Employee assistance programme provided in-house (wellbeing and counselling provision)

?? Childcare vouchers, through salary sacrifice

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.

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