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Special Guardianship Order (SGO) & Connected Person Assessment Team

The SGO and Connected Person's Assessment Team first started in April 2019 and due to its success, we are delighted to be expanding in creating a second team. The aim of the teams is to undertake robust, analytical assessments which focus on the trauma children suffered and how the proposed carer/special guardian can provide long term care. From speaking to Special Guardians, we know that it is essential for them to be fully prepared and informed in order for them to make the right decisions going forward. As a result, we provide SGO preparation training days regularly to ensure that we give people the opportunity to learn and ask questions.

The Social work role within the team brings the following:

•An exciting opportunity to use your assessment skills, knowledge around attachment and trauma and develop new skills.
•Hold a manageable caseload.
•Ensure ongoing development and training.
•Links with Coram Baaf and National Development of SGO's.
•Monthly supervision and team meetings.
•Working flexibly and manage your own diary.
•Being involved in the continuous development of the service within Essex
•Take part in training delivery
•Supportive and helpful colleagues who are there for each other and where needed joint working is encouraged

Our goal is to become a Centre of Excellence, we have vacancies across both teams so recruiting across all quadrants, North, West, Mid & South. Come and share this journey with us!!
Knowledge, skills and experience
We are looking for a social worker with:

•A diploma or degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent and registration with Social Work England as a registered Social Worker.
•Experience and a good understanding of work within Children and Families and Fostering services.
•Commitment to children remaining with their extended family when possible.
•Analytical assessment writing skills are essential
•Experience of attending court is preferable.
•Understanding of the impact for carers of neglect/abuse and trauma on children is important.
•Excellent communication skills are essential in order to enable effective work with families, Child Care Teams, Independent Reviewing Officers and fostering teams.
•Excellent record keeping skills are essential
•A commitment to flexible working is essential as many assessments are out of county and/ or with families who have huge demands on their time.

If you have any questions or would like more information regarding this role, please contact Team Manager's for SGO and Connected Persons Assessment teams, Sarah Petts sarah.petts@essex.gov.uk or Sharon Isted Sharon.isted@essex.gov.uk

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.

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: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link: https://www.workingforessex.com/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.
Job Sector
Social Care
Job Position
Approved Social Worker
Estimated Salary
£30,906.00 - £42,254.00
Chelmsford, UK Show on map
Post date
Closing date

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