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Social Worker - Assessment & Intervention

  • Employer: West Sussex County Council
  • Reference: CAFHE03457
  • Published: Sun 04/09/2022, 2:47 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 02/10/2022, 2:47 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Salary: £30,000 - £74,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: West Sussex, Hampshire, Based in Horsham or Chichester, but working countywide , Based in Crawley, Based in Chichester

About Us

Here at West Sussex County Council, we are ambitious for our children and our workforce. We are committed to improving our services for the children and families in West Sussex we support. You will join us as at a key time on our improvement journey. The work we have started includes establishing a new and experienced senior leadership team, driving forward our 'Children First' improvement plan and implementing the Family Safeguarding Practice Model. You will be trained in motivational interviewing, to support our strengths-based approach to working with families and creating lasting change for children.

For further information about us and about working in Children's Social Care at West Sussex County Council, please visit Careers in children's social work in West Sussex.

About The Job

Salary: £37,672 - £50,202 (market supplements included)
Working Pattern: Full-time, Permanent (37 hours)
Location: Worthing

We're seeking dedicated and experienced Social Workers to join our Assessment and Intervention team based in Worthing. Our Assessment and Intervention team supports the delivery of the Family Safeguarding Model within West Sussex.

Our Assessment and Intervention service is a fast paced, busy and supportive duty team completing child and family assessments, Section 47 enquiries, Child Protection and Child in Need work whilst planning for permanence from day one. Assessment and Intervention is at the forefront of producing the best outcomes for children, ensure they are safe, and their voice is heard within all the work we do, with specialist social workers focussing on clear plans and interventions with families. We ensure a strong link with our Early Help colleagues to promote local community support for children and families when social care no longer needs to be involved.

Experience and Skills

Key Skills:

  • Able to analyse and interpret complex information and data, prioritise needs and formulate plans for intervention and service provision.
  • Able to work proactively as a member of the team to make accurate assessments of needs and negotiate and implement effective outcomes.
  • Able to work in partnership with carers, colleagues and external agencies to deliver an effective service.
  • Able to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral format, including the ability to explain complicated information to a wide range of people and use negotiation and persuasion skills to encourage others to adopt a course of action they may not wish to take.
  • Able to recognise limits of own accountability and responsibility and seek appropriate support, advice and supervision.

Qualifications and/or experience:

  • A recognised Social Work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work, Post Graduate Certificate in Social Work, DipSW, CQSW or equivalent as recognised by the relevant professional body.
  • Completion of relevant post qualifying training.
  • Evidence of at least one year's experience post qualification.
  • Registration with the relevant professional registration body and maintaining registration with that body.
  • Knowledge of theoretical Social Work concepts and practices, with demonstrable examples of dealing with a breadth of complex issues and situations, for example, attachment, impact of developmental trauma and child development, motivational interviewing, relational practice, solution-focussed interventions and systemic working. A good understanding of anti-oppressive, anti-discriminatory and anti-racist practice in social work.
  • Experience of managing levels of risk within a caseload of complex cases.
  • Readiness to work towards Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) qualification at Stage one or equivalent.
  • Valid, full driving licence.

Rewards and Benefits

We offer small practice teams of Social Workers managed by a Team Manager and supported by Child & Family Workers as well as additional flexible administrative support from Coordinators embedded within the service.

We provide regular group supervision and peer learning alongside specialist roles within the team to focus on the most vulnerable children. As a Social Worker, you'll have a minimum of 5 CPD and training days per year with access to excellent learning and development provisions such as Research in Practice and Community Care Inform, Social Work England fees paid and annual leave up to 29 days, as well as the option to buy up to 3 additional days.

For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee, please visit our Rewards and Benefits page.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to Social Work England registration, an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check. You must be able to travel throughout the county including to locations that are not always accessible by public transport.

West Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer committed to promoting an environment that is inclusive and free from all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination and values the diversity of its people. We actively welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and take every possible step to ensure that no individual will be disadvantaged.

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  • Employer: West Sussex County Council
  • Reference: CAFHE03457
  • Published: Sun 04/09/2022, 2:47 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 02/10/2022, 2:47 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Salary: £30,000 - £74,999
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: West Sussex, Hampshire, Based in Horsham or Chichester, but working countywide , Based in Crawley, Based in Chichester

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