Experienced Child and Family Social Work Practitioner
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Grade I/J £31,371-£36,876 + 5% Recruitment and Retention payment
Social Care - Children Service
The Civic Centre
P116091 - Experienced Child and Family Social Work Practitioner (Complex Child in Need Team/Edge of Care)
We are looking to recruit an experienced social worker who is passionate about working with teenagers who are vulnerable to abuse in a range of social contexts (contextual safeguarding).
The CCiN team provides a proactive Social Work service to young
people (12yrs +) assessed as child in need and considered to be at risk of suffering significant harm and on the edge of care. The team has a wraparound service that provides intensive support to families outside of normal working hours (Mon - Friday up till 10pm and 11 - 7pm Sat / Sun on a rota basis). The team is made up of experienced Social Workers and Family Advocates who are highly skilled in family interventions.
The team is made up of practitioners who have complementary skills and experience developed through working with families and children with complex needs. The team takes a systemic approach focusing on effecting sustained change that reduces the need for recourse to the looked after system. The core function of the team will be to keep families together or reunite them quickly whilst ensuring an evidence based approach to managing risk and uncertainty. Caseloads are capped to ensure that you are enabled to work intensively with young people and families. Supervision will be highly reflective with training in systemic practice a core offer towards your professional development.
The team is staffed by practitioners who firmly believe in the power of strength based relational Social Work and have the ability to address behaviours linked to, or because of, adult and childhood trauma and compromised child/parental relationships and capacity.
We are looking to appoint an experienced Social Workers in the CCiN Team, which means you must as a minimum have completed your ASYE year.
You will have experience of working with teenagers who may have experienced early childhood trauma and are experiencing difficulties in their relationships with their parents/carer. You will have a good understanding and experience of engaging young people who may have or be exposed to extrafamilial abuse through sexual and criminal exploitation, substance misuse, mental health and disengagement from school /college.
You will have experience practicing statutory child care Social Work in a multi-disciplinary way. You must have demonstrable skills in planning and delivering interventions with complex and challenging families coupled with the ability to analyse and evaluate complex situations and risk.
Your knowledge base will demonstrate expert understanding of Social Work legislation and statutory guidance, assessment and Social Work methodologies, including an awareness of systemic approaches. You will be empathic, enabling and resilient with a 'can do', solution focussed approach. You will be comfortable in reaching sound evidence based decisions and able to exercise your professional authority appropriately. You will be a team player with a proven ability to work constructively with other professional groups.
If successful you will have to apply for an enhanced Disclosure.
Online applications only at www.gateshead.gov.uk