The Islington Safeguarding and Family Support Service in the Peoples Directorate is recruiting a full time Social Worker within the Children’s Service Contact Team that can share our vision for children and families.
Our vision for the service is that children and young people are safe, can overcome difficulties and can form secure relationships through their childhood and into their adulthood.
Islington Children’s Social Care were rated Outstanding by OFSTED in March 2020 with the following feedback about the front door:
“Thresholds between early help and social care are well understood and applied appropriately. Escalating risk or need is recognised and results in timely referrals to children’s social care, followed by a swift response. Since the last inspection, the local authority has introduced the co-location of highly experienced and dedicated early help and mental health practitioners in the children’s services contact team. This is a significant strength and results in early signposting to specialist services to meet children’s needs.
Timely communication with the police and other professionals within the multiagency safeguarding hub (MASH) and external partners results in prompt help and protection for children…..”
We have transformed the way we offer help by using Motivational Practice (MP) alongside Trauma Informed Practice as a foundational approach to practice,
The Children’s Service Contact Team is Islington’s single point of contact for all new referrals for both Children’s Social Care and the various Targeted Services. It is integral to Islington’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) and some MASH partners are co-located with the team.
From September 2019 referrals to Social, Emotional and Mental Health Services for Children and Young People will also be directed through the CSCT front door.
As a social worker in the team, you will be responsible for making evidence-based threshold decisions in line with the local policy and Pan-London Child Protection Procedures, as well as other relevant guidance, legislation and research. In this context, you will be responsible for ensuring every child’s needs and any risk factors are meaningfully considered by gathering relevant and proportionate information to inform decision making, including undertaking MASH checks within agreed timescales. Your role will also include taking telephone calls from professionals and members of the public, including urgent child protection referrals, and signposting to other services where appropriate. A strong focus on improving outcomes for children and young people is essential.
The team works closely to deliver high quality responses to incoming contacts within statutory timescales with the aim of achieving ‘right service first time’ for children and families, engaging the family’s natural supports wherever possible.
Contributing to the safeguarding of children takes dedication, hard work and professionalism. In return we offer:
- Comprehensive training opportunities, which include Motivational Interviewing.
- Regular and reflective supervision
- Eligible for Zone 1&2 Travelcard and Retention bonus
**We are unable to consider applications from newly qualified social workers for this role.**
Closing date: Sunday 18th October 2020 at 23:59
Proposed Testing and Role Play date: Monday 26th October 2020
Proposed Panel Interview Date: Monday 2nd November 2020
If you require any further information in relation to this post, please contact Mehmet Krasniqi on 0207 5278554 for an informal discussion.