It is an exciting time in Independent Futures where we are creating a specialist Leaving Care Service for children and young people age 16-25 years old. As a Specialist Mental Health Social Worker you will be responsible for working with care-leavers experiencing mental illness, whilst maintaining the focus on safeguarding. You will work directly with the young person and their family or carer to build empathic, purposeful relationships that facilitate meaningful and sustainable change.
At the heart of our work is the development of our practice model to help vulnerable children, young people and their families to make meaningful and sustainable changes in their lives. Islington’s Motivational Practice Model provides an integrated care, safeguarding and change model based on evidence-based theory of change. This includes motivational interviewing skills which help build meaningful relationships and promote safety, collaboration and purposeful change. Our practice model is further complemented by Trauma-informed practice (including Dyadic Development Practice), which provides a framework for understanding children’s developmental needs, how their experiences are expressed through behaviour, and skills to engage vulnerable children and young people, families and carers.
You will share and exercise the organisational practice ethos which places Motivational Practice and trauma-informed practice at the heart of working with families. You will be ambitious for every child to reach their potential in all aspects of their development including education, health and emotional wellbeing from 0-25.
You will be joining a multi- professional team made up of Senior Social workers, Social Workers, Young Person Advisors and a Clinician
We take pride in providing a learning environment where staff can develop, our controlled caseloads, safe working practices, a culture of strong supervision and excellent training opportunities which enable a supportive working environment for all staff. We offer dedicated training, coaching and supervision to develop your skills. We have opportunities to consult with clinicians on cases and offer a range of appropriate support services in borough for our children and young people. Islington Children Social Care was judged by OFSTED in June 2017 as being Good with Outstanding Leadership. The Independent Futures Service is well resourced and enjoys a stable and supportive workforce.
You will be accustomed to employing social work principles such as dignity, respect, empathy, and strength based, collaborative approach to service delivery. Relationship based practice is the cornerstone of social work practice in the Leaving Care Service. In order to help us select the best candidates, Islington have developed a two stage interview process with the first stage being an opportunity to test out applicants’ Motivational Practice compatibility. Candidates are not required to have advanced motivational interviewing skills, rather we are seeking to identify those who have the capacity to develop these skills with the advanced training and coaching. Further details will be provided to all candidates who are shortlisted and offered an interview.
Benefits: Zone 1-2 Travel card, specially designed core training package, professional development opportunities, retention bonus, good pension scheme and generous holidays, flexible working arrangements, an experienced management team, key worker housing on successful completion of probation and a great working location with good transport links. Please ensure you address the person specification fully, referencing how you meet each specification in turn as fully as possible.
Closing date: Wednesday 19th June 2019 at 23:59
Interview date: Thursday 27th and Friday 28th of June 2019
For an informal discussion please contact Brenda Amisi-Hutchinson on 0207 527 7152.