Directorate: Children's Services
Starting salary: JM1:- £32,234 per annum
Location: Based in Weston-super-Mare
Hours: 37 hours per week
Closing date: Wednesday 13 October 2021
We are looking for a social worker to join our Children with Disabilities Team, a dedicated service supporting the most vulnerable children and young people in North Somerset. Our dedicated social workers are trained to consider the specific vulnerabilities faced by children with disabilities so that support can be tailored to meet their highly complex needs. We’re ambitious to improve outcomes for all our children and young people and our approach is all about building relationships with children, young people and their families and making time to take a creative approach to individual needs. As a result, we don’t expect you to come with all the right skills. Each child you are working with will communicate in a unique way and you will get familiar with the individual communication style of a child as your relationship evolves. The skills you learn will enable you to ‘listen’ to children who are non-verbal and ensure their voices are heard. We know that each child is different, so we have built in time for social workers to develop a creative approach to this work.
The Children with Disability team works across Children in Need, Child Protection, Children in Care and adoption pathways, which provides excellent learning opportunities through the sharing of knowledge. We also follow best practice in areas such as domestic violence and substance abuse, with expertise provided by several linked team.
As a social worker in North Somerset, you will:
- Hold a small caseload; Child in Need, (CIN) Children in Care, (CIC) and children subject to a Children Protection Plan (CP).
- Undertake Single Assessments
- Undertake Child Protection enquiries under Section 47 of the Children Act.
- Analyse needs and risk to a child to establish if threshold for intervention is met.
- Write child centered accurate reports/case notes
- Promote the welfare and safety of children who meet the threshold for a service within the Children with Disabilities team
- Promote inclusion to support children with disabilities to be part of their local community.
- Facilitate Child in Need Meetings/Reviews
- Be part of the duty rota
- Undertake Mental Capacity Assessments
- Complete the Continuing Health Care (CHC) assessment tool
- Present financial requests at Resource Panel
- Work closely with health professionals
- Identify support needs to ensure a child’s safety and/or to improve outcomes.
In North Somerset, we offer:
- A competitive salary
- Substantial relocation package (£8,000)
- Generous holiday
- Excellent local government pension scheme
- Family friendly policies and flexible working
- Excellent training
- Free parking at council offices
- Access to pool cars, bikes and cycle to work scheme
- Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service
For these roles you must:
- Be a qualified Social Worker (with a Social Work England Registration) with a passion for working with children and their families to help improve their outcomes and to keep them safe from harm using a strengths-based approach.
- You will have completed an ASYE and have good knowledge and experience within Safeguarding children.
- You will have sound knowledge of relevant childcare legislation, including a clear understanding of ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’.
- An ability to build effective relationships with children, young people and families.
This post is exempt under the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions) Order 1975 and is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
Want to know more and apply?
For an informal discussion, please contact Su Schofield, Team Manager on 01934 427579.
Visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/jobs to download an application pack and apply online.
Anticipated interview date: Tuesday 26 October 2021
North Somerset Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sections of our community regardless of age, disability, sex, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation. North Somerset Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.