Social Worker - Assessment & Intervention, South Essex
Permanent, Full Time*
£34,712 to £46,751 per annum
Working Style: Community-based worker
This position is only open to Experienced Social Workers, post ASYE. In line with our Skills and Capability Framework for an experienced Social Worker the basic salary is between £34,712 per annum and £46,751 per annum with 9 entry points across the range.
*Essex County Council understand how important flexibility and wellbeing is for our colleagues working across children's Social Care and that we need to think differently. We have therefore developed a nine-day working fortnight for full time frontline Social Workers within Children’s services. If you would like more information on this, please follow this link .
Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It’s an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been named Outstanding by Ofsted, we are delighted and at the same time humbled to have been crowned Social Work Employer of the Year for the second time in the last three years!
Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.
Please take a look at our ‘No Magic’ Children & Families video here
You can read about one of our Social Workers career journey and why she's focused to continue to deliver for the Council via our blog at https://www.workingforessex.com/blog/why-i-stay-shannon-jones
Two of the team give us an insight into what keeps them going, what enables them to thrive in all aspects of their work and support Essex to deliver an outstanding service for children and families in the following video .
Assessment and Intervention (A&I)
These teams are the gateway through which children, young people, parents/carers and other agencies gain access to Children and Families services. Assessment and Intervention undertakes incoming assessments and short - term intervention work with families; working with children from pre- birth up to a child’s 18th birthday.
They focus on children in need (CIN) and their families, offering three months’ intervention. They also deal with S47 child protection enquiries and work jointly with the police and other partners in assessing immediate risk for children that come to our attention. A&I primarily transfer cases into Family Support and Protection Teams should families require longer-term intervention, or if the children become subject to a child protection plan or come into care of the local authority. If following an assessment and brief intervention the family do not require a social work service, they could be stepped down to Family Solutions as part of our Early Help Offer.
Managing a defined caseload, the social worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people and families/carers to achieve positive change and improved outcomes. This includes enquiry, assessment, purposeful intervention through direct work and review in relation to Child Protection, Child in Need and Children Looked After; achieving permanency through care for Children in Care.
What you will need
· Diploma or degree in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent and registration with Social Work England as a registered Social Worker.
· Demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. Professional Capability.
· Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS).
· Demonstrate an ability in the application of social work knowledge, using emotional intelligence, analytical skills and act with confidence in challenging social and family situations.
· A good working knowledge and ability to use information technology and related systems e.g. Word, social work case recording systems.
· Required to work flexibly as required, very occasionally including evenings and weekends
Children & Families: https://www.workingforessex.com/role/children-families
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
The role requires flexibility, working out of normal office hours when required to best meet the needs of the family.
Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.
We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees, including;
- Up to £8,000 relocation package (subject to terms and conditions).
- Local Government Pension Scheme
- Employee wellbeing and counselling
- Generous holiday and special leave allowances (including the option to purchase extra holiday)
- Family Friendly flexible Working
What you should do next
If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.
As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
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