To hold an allocated caseload and be responsible for the provision of direct services to children in need and their families. This will involve carrying out assessments of need and providing practical and supportive services based on those assessments, within the policies and procedures.
To carry out specific tasks and duties in relation to complex cases where the case responsibility is held by an allocated social worker.
To undertake these duties within agreed departmental service objectives, polices and procedures and to promote the Equal Opportunities Policy.
To meet with children, their families and carers in an office or home environment, or elsewhere with a view to carrying out simple or initial assessments.
To provide practical and supportive services to those service users for whom they are the allocated worker. This will include working with children and families in need of support, families on the threshold of child protection concerns and/or accommodation.
To keep social workers/team managers informed of situations where a child(ren) could be at risk of harm or where a more comprehensive assessment of need is indicated.
To contribute to the assessment of needs on more complex cases where a social worker or other professional is already involved.
To keep other professionals informed of developments and alert them to situations where a child(ren) are at risk of harm or where they require a more comprehensive assessment of need.
To carry out specific, defined tasks on cases which might be already allocated to a social worker or other professional where these have been identified and specified in a Care Plan. This will include specific tasks in relation to Looked After Children, children on the Child Protection Register, Disabled Children, Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking children or any child or family receiving services from the Department.
To provide families with practical advice in relation to budgeting, parenting and household management and to provide basic rights welfare advice etc.
Qualifications in childcare e.g. NNEB, NVQ Level 3, Access to Social Care NVQ Level with evidence of competencies of English and Maths. Or educated to A Level standard with English and Maths GCSE or equivalent.
Statutory or voluntary experience in working with children and families.
Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the needs of children, their families or carers and normal child development.
Demonstrate the ability to work within the frameworks as defined by legislation, departmental procedures and policies relevant to work with children, their families and carers.
A commitment to the equal opportunities policies and the ability to understand and implement the policies in relation to the job description.