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Job description

Please note there are two roles available and both roles are based at County Hall in Chelmsford.

In ECC we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted this is an exciting time to join us. As if that wasn't enough, Essex has also been announced as a Partner in Practice by the Department of Education, and the Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) is the only Local Authority team in the country to be accredited by BASW as a CPD provider. We have invested in our workforce and created a positive environment for our social workers to make a difference and achieve change for our most vulnerable children and families through direct relationship-based social work practice. We have supported our staff to have an understanding of systemic theoretical framework and models underpinning our interventions; to have access to the right tools, equipment and resources; and also the right supervision, training and learning opportunities they need to be strong practitioners.

Assessment and 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 Children and Families 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 section 47 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.

Job Purpose Summary

Managing a defined caseload, the Social Worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people & 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.

Reasons to work in Mid

* Excellent and regular supervision (case/ development/ reflective / systemic)
* We have regular structured peer supervisions as well as informal supervisions
* Team managers are committed to ensuring that their staff have a good work life balance and their workers' wellbeing is a priority.
* We have a mix of abilities in the team from ASYE to senior practitioners and we are able to share knowledge and development
* Mid is in the centre of Essex, Chelmsford and Braintree has mainline rail links to London thus travel is easy, the location means that social work in Mid has both rural and urban locations.
* Mid social workers are based in a modern friendly and pleasant offices in Chelmsford and Braintree which has good links to motorways and is close to mainline train stations.
* The community in Mid is very diverse and the services users reflect this, the work we do is varied and diverse.
* The cases in Mid are reflective of the other 3 quadrants, we work hard to ensure that caseloads are manageable which allows time for direct work with families, using strength and relationship-based models of working.
* Mid have unique senior practitioner and Duty senior roles that supports development and progression of social workers through the service
* Essex have a flexible working policy programme that, when possible fits with family life and work life balance.
* There is the opportunity to enhance your experience in Court work as well as Child Protection and Child in Need practice policies and procedures.

* 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 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.
* Required to work flexibly as required, including evenings and weekends if necessary.

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.

Job type
Job Sector
Social Care
Job Position
Qualified Social Worker
£30,000.00 - £35,000.00 / year
Braintree, Essex, United Kingdom Show on map
Post date
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