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Social Work Practitioner

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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 22/04/2018 23:59
£30,153-£35,444 + 2 increments + temporary 5% recruitment and retention allowance.
Hours per week:
37 Hours
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Gateshead Civic Centre
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
22 Apr

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This job is closed for applications.

Further information

This is a re-advertisement. Previous applicants need not reapply as their application will be automatically considered.

This post sits within the Rapid Response element of the team and will work on a rota covering evenings and weekends. The CCiN and Rapid Response team provide a proactive Social Work service to children assessed as being children in need and considered to be at risk of suffering significant impairment, the social workers in the Rapid Response element will provide intensive interventions both planned or in crisis to children, young people and families outside of normal working hours . Both teams are made up of experienced Social Workers who are highly skilled in family interventions.

The RRT will be multi-disciplinary in nature made up of practitioners who have complementary skills and experience developed through working with families and children with complex needs. The CCiN and RR team takes a systemic approach and focuses on effecting sustained change that reduces the need for recourse to the looked after and/or Child Protection 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 will be capped to ensure that you are enabled to work intensively with families and children. Supervision will be highly reflective with training in systemic practice a core offer towards your professional development.

The CCiN & RR 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 Worker in the RRT Team. You must have successfully completed your AYSE, be enthusiastic and passionate and be able to reflect on your social work experience in achieving best outcome for children young people and families. You will have significant experience of 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 need to apply for an Enhanced DBS check.

Online applications only at: www.gateshead.gov.uk

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