About The Job
Salary: £32,910- £43,857 (market supplements included)
Working Pattern: Permanent
Contract Length: Full-time (37 hours per week)
Location: Centenary House, Worthing
West Sussex County Council is seeking a dedicated and experienced Social Worker to join our Lifelong Services Choice Team based in Worthing. The Choice Team was established in 2015 as an integral part of the wider Children's Disability Service. Choice is a countywide team that sits within Lifelong Services and the Children's Disability Team working with children and their families from 0 to 18 years.
The Choice team is committed to help shape positive outcomes for children in collaboration with families and to reduce the need for social work intervention. We work with Children who have severe learning and/or physical disabilities or complex health needs associated with a life limiting or life-threatening condition and children with both autism and a moderate or severe learning disability who may display challenging behaviour.
As a Social Worker with the Choice Team you will offer a specialist social work service for disabled children and young people with complex needs. You will work with them, their families, and other agencies to understand and meet their assessed needs; supporting them to achieve their potential. Your role will include assessment, planning and interventions with Children in Need, Children Looked After and Children in need of Protection. You will also be required to provide regular supervision to a small number of Child and Family Workers within the team.
Experience and Skills
- Able to analyse and interpret 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 others and use negotiation and persuasion skills to encourage others to adopt a course of action.
- 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, DipSW, CQSW or equivalent as recognised by the relevant professional body.
- 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 complex issues, for example, attachment, impact of developmental trauma and child development.
- Experience of effectively coaching and supervising others, acting as practice role model and promoting exemplary practice.
- Experience of managing levels of risk within a caseload.
Rewards and Benefits
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee, please visit our Rewards and Benefits page.
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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.