Senior Social Worker- Children with Disabilities
We are looking for an experienced Senior Social Worker to join our Children with Disabilities Team in Wokingham. The ideal candidate will be passionate about providing quality services to children with disabilities and their families, delivered within a signs of safety practice framework, to support life skills development, increase independence, promote family resilience and keep children safe from harm.
The Senior Social Worker role: you will be responsible for a complex caseload of children with disabilities spanning the range of statutory provisions, including Children in Need, children subject to Child Protection Plans, Children in Care and those where Care Proceedings have been initiated. You will work with these children and their families to undertake holistic social work assessments, with a view to identifying risk and need; and work with multi-agency networks to develop and review plans that address and mitigate concerns in a timely manner.
The ability to engage with a variety of stakeholders and communicate effectively in verbal and written form are key to performing this role and knowledge of alternative methods used to communicate with children with disabilities would be an advantage.
As a Senior Social Worker you will lead by example and support the Assistant Team Manager and Team Manager to develop and promote good practice in the team. You will have the ability to work independently and will offer support to your junior colleagues, including those who are completing their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment.
The Children with Disabilities Team: you will be working alongside our Occupational Therapy service and have close links with the CWD Early Help and Short Breaks and Transitions Teams, who are co-located at Shute End. You will be required to liaise with health and education professionals in order to develop support packages for children with multiple and complex needs and so the ability to understand and navigate multi-agency systems and processes is essential.
Your practical skills as a Social Worker will be supported by a working knowledge of the legislation that governs work with Children with Disabilities, including the Children’s Act 1989 as amended, the Children’s Act 2002, the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014. A Social Work qualification is essential to perform this job role and prior experience of working with children with disabilities is desirable.
For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Team Manager, Shantie Critchley at email@example.com
Wokingham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, other workers and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates for this role will be subject to Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks along with other relevant employment checks.
WBC is an equal opportunities employer.