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CYPDS is a specialist Social Care provision for children and young adults with complex and profound disabilities, based within the London Borough of Camden Supporting People Directorate. We work with children, young people and young adults and their families from birth up to the age of 25 providing both statutory and social care support needs.
CYPDS work closely with a range of statutory and voluntary services to ensure a holistic package of support is in place to promote positive outcomes for children and young adults including a clear focus on the young person’s transition to adulthood. This may include information, guidance and advice on local, universal provision and services in Camden, Short Breaks (respite), as well as Child in Need, Child Protection, Looked After Children statutory services and Adult personalised budgets for young adults over the age of 18.
This is an exciting time to join the service, we are looking for highly talented, enthusiastic child, and young adult focused qualified social workers who are person centred and pro-active thinkers with proven experience of working within an integrated setting with disabled children, young adults and their families.
We currently seeking talented, highly motivated experienced Social Workers to join our diverse and highly skilled service. We are looking for Social Workers who are keen to progress and share our values of working as one team and finding better and more innovative ways of doing things within CYPDS.
The role has a focus on preparing for adulthood and involves holding a varied and complex caseload of children and young people with severe to profound disabilities. The caseload will include statutory cases including Child in Need, Child Protection, Looked-After Children, and Care Act Assessments to prepare young people for adulthood.
The service provides short breaks as well as statutory social work interventions for children and young people under child protection procedures, where necessary and where the child/ young person is looked after by Camden. To assess, plan and review disabled children and young people for short breaks, wellbeing and safeguarding purposes.
The service works closely with colleagues from Health, Education, Schools and Adult Social Care to support young people as they move into adulthood.
Duties will include working within a multi-agency context to meet the holistic needs of the child, young person and or young adult through comprehensive assessment and review processes. The role requires a confident approach to working with statutory, private and voluntary agencies and an ability to identify and apply complex systems and frameworks whilst remaining person centred.
This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and will require an Enhanced DBS.
You will need to be a pro-active analytical thinker, with experience of working within a multi-agency context as well as a sound knowledge and understanding of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. You will also need to be a strong team worker, who brings ideas for service delivery and in partnership with parents and young people.
You will be part of developing and supporting a comprehensive service for Disabled Children and Young People and their families arising out of the Council's duties and powers under legislation and regulations, Council and Departmental policies and procedures. You will work in accordance with guidelines set out by local management and to make appropriate use of statutory, independent and voluntary resources.
Knowledge and Experience
You will be fully qualified, accredited social work professional and hold a current Social Work England (previously HCPC) registration.
You will demonstrate a high level of professionalism, ensuring professional social work standards are maintained at all times.
You will have an excellent working knowledge of the legislative frameworks relating to children and young adults, including recent legislative reforms and how this translates to working practice and positive outcomes for children and young people with disabilities.
You will evidence an ability to undertake appropriate assessments, plan interventions, review and evaluate outcomes, as well as the ability to develop a working knowledge of commissioning and resources within budget restraints.
You will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the pressures faced by families with children living in socially deprived neighbourhoods, the issues faced by/needs of disadvantaged families with children.
You will have sound experience of undertaking complex assessments of a child and young adult's needs and/or risk; of designing and implementing care/protection plan and completing court work; of monitoring and reviewing such plans over a period of time.
You will be aware of and able to implement departmental policies and procedures relating to children and young adults with disabilities, including child protection, Child in Need, Looked After Children, Transitions Planning, Adult Assessment and Planning, Short Breaks and Leaving Care procedures to inform practice.
You will be IT literate with excellent written and verbal communication skills and demonstrate good negotiation and influencing skills and ability to deal with conflict, hostility and vulnerability.
You will be able to demonstrate your ability to balance the competing needs of supporting families, but remaining child focused and ensuring disabled child and young person's needs/safeguarding issues are addressed.
You will demonstrate your ability to operate as efficiently as possible, manage own deadlines, prioritise own work and ensure timescales are met, using own initiative and have strong experience of managing a dynamic, complex and diverse caseload.
If you have the drive and the commitment we are looking for we would love to hear from you!
As one of London’s most energetic and respected boroughs, we have the opportunity to create a place that works for everyone.
Camden is proud to be the country’s first timewise council and as part of this accreditation, we work to help parents balance work with childcare. This fits in with our aim to be leaders in innovative flexible and part-time working that allows for different patterns of care and for parents to share childcare responsibilities.
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Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard
Camden are very proud to be accredited to the level of excellence for the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard. The Mayor’s Good Work Standard sets the benchmark for the highest employment standards and demonstrates that as an employer, Camden is contributing to a fairer and more inclusive London. These good practices are also an important step in attracting and retaining a diverse, talented and productive workforce.
How to apply:
To apply for this job please follow the "Apply" link. In the ‘Why you?’ section of the application form you will be expected to explain how you meet the key requirements for this role listed in this advert. When explaining how you meet each of the requirements, please give examples that clearly demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience. When writing your examples give a brief description of the situation or task but focus on the actions you took and the result of your actions.
Camden is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as inclusive as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition. If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format, please contact us on 020 7974 6655, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or post to 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.
Closing date for applications: Monday 5th October 2020
Interviews to be held: TBC
Please quote ref: 200000DT
How to Apply
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Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.