Social Work Consultant

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 14/12/2021 23:59
Grade 13 £39,880 - £43,857
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
An approved team location
Number of posts:
Closing date:
14 Dec
Further Information

Children and Young People's Services
Children's Social Care
Social Work Consultant
Grade 13, £39,880 - £43,857

We are seeking a full-time and permanent Social Work Consultant to join our Children with Disabilities 0-18 Team to work with our most vulnerable children and families.

Your expertise will support families and help keep children safe and enable them both to thrive.

The successful candidate will have a specific knowledge of the Care Act 2014 (sections 58 to 66) and the Children and Families Act 2014 detail the duties for transition planning of young people from children’s to adult services as well as services for carers and young carers who will be turning 18.

This role will support excellent planning to ensure the following.
• Transition planning across agencies starts early to ensure there is no cliff edge experience for the young person and their family and no gaps in provision.
• Early identification of likely future adult needs takes place and is communicated with multi-agency partners to ensure effective commissioning and planning of services.
• Wellbeing of the young person is at the centre of the transition process.
• The young person and their family are fully involved in the transition process and their views are listened to and respected.
• That their family carers are offered a Carers assessment if determined as eligible.
• There is a co-ordinated person-centred planning process between children’s and adult’s services focussed on holistic approach to assessment building on the young person’s strengths and aspirations, improving and supporting their independence, care and support that are outcomes focussed maximising opportunities for independent living.

This role will support the social workers and Family support workers in the Children With Disabilities team to have a greater understanding of clear process, roles and responsibilities to enable partner agencies to work well together to raise aspirations and achieve the outcomes that matter to young people. Prepare young people for adult life in a smooth, positive, and timely way. To be as healthy as possible; to be able to live as independently as possible; to be able to participate in society; to have access to education, employment, and training wherever possible.

The role of the Social Work Consultant is to work with the Team Manager to manage and supervise an integrated, multi skilled social work led team, ensuring high quality and effective services are delivered to children and their families in line with procedures, legislation and national guidance.

Our Children with Disabilities 0-18 Team is a statutory team responsible for children with additional needs from the point of referral to the point of permanence. In the team you will assess risk and implement care plans for children deemed to be in need of Level 4 Services on the Durham Staircase of Need. You will complete single assessments, work with children on a Children in Need basis, CLA and undertake Child Protection Work and enquiries under Section 47, as well as Public and Private Law.

The successful candidate will:
• Play a key role in developing and monitoring the competency of front-line social care practitioners by developing, maintaining and championing expertise in specific areas of work with children and families; by driving excellent practice based on research evidence and professional experience; and, by supporting achievement of improved outcomes for vulnerable children and their families.
• Provide constructive challenge to enhance practice, procedures, and policies, promote innovation and introduce new ways of working from recognised areas of excellence.
• Contribute to the development of knowledge and promotion of excellence within the team making use of sophisticated, critical reasoning as well as modelling and facilitating reflective and evidence-based decision making.
• Offer management advice/consultation to One Point team managers on level 3 cases as required.

The following principles will guide your work:
• Ensuring the child is central to your work.
• Providing help at the earliest opportunity.
• Supporting and promoting community resilience through the provision of locally delivered services in local communities which make sense to families.
• Delivering evidence-based interventions with a focus on safe escalation and de-escalation of cases.

In Durham you will benefit from:
• A senior leadership team that listens and cares about you and your work.
• Excellent opportunities for career progression, whether you are a newly qualified social worker completing your assessed and supported year in employment with the
support of our Social Work Academy, or a more experienced social worker/senior social worker looking to broaden your experience or step into management.
• A clear professional development offer, supported by a commitment to offering you 5 days a year to spend in continuous professional development (CPD), and opportunities to access specialist training.
• A culture of high expectations, high challenge, and high support.
• A culture which takes pride in, and actively celebrates social work.

You will be joining us as we embed Signs of Safety as our model of practice, and after our implementation of LiquidLogic as our case recording system.

Salary: Grade 13 with corresponding salaries £39,880 - £43,857.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Claire Willis, Team Manager via email to Claire.Willis2@durham.gov.uk

Required qualifications: Degree in social work or equivalent social work qualification, e.g. Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work (PGDipSW) Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), Diploma in Social Work (DipSW), Certificate in Social Services (CSS) & Current Social Work England registration.

The successful applicants for these posts will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

It is anticipated that interviews will take place week commencing 3rd January 2021.

The base of the post will be an approved team location; however, you may be required to work at any DCC council office.

This post is suitable for Job Share.

As a disability confident employer, we are committed to employing disabled people and people with health conditions making reasonable adjustments to support disabled applicants when required.
Apply on-line via the jobs portal or for further assistance contact the Payroll & Employee Services Team via e-mail at PESCYPS@durham.gov.uk.

In line with the County Council’s Recruitment & Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CV’s. Any information provided on CV’s will not be considered for short-listing purposes.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with North East Jobs, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email after the closing date for notification from ‘DONOTREPLY@NORTHEASTJOBS.ORG.UK’ as you will not be notified by any other means.

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This job is closed for applications.