The post is based in the Children’s Social Work Division. The Child Care teams cover the whole of the Borough providing advice and information on services available to families.
Referral and Assessment Team
The role and remit of the Referral and Assessment Team is to deal with referrals to social care for vulnerable children and safeguarding from the MASH. The function is to protect children by assessing the level of risk and need of referred children and determine the appropriate response before handing on to a longer term team or other service responsible for case management.
This team will focus on skilled, immediate investigation of referrals to ascertain what level of ongoing social care service is likely to be needed, for example quick resolution, diversion or prevention services or ongoing need for social care. It is proposed that the duration of involvement of the Referral and Assessment Team is limited to eight weeks or until the completion of assessment for ongoing services have been determined, in order to ensure that the child will be put in touch with the relevant agency or service who will meet their needs as soon as possible. This means the more complex ongoing assessment of need will be conducted by longer term teams/staff. This will reduce duplication from re-assessment by a social worker in another team on being referred for services and facilitate the building of a relationship between the social worker and family as soon as possible to reduce any drift that exists in the current model.
Interviews are taking place immediately. Please apply now to avoid disappointment.
For more information please contact Barbara: barbara.sobolewska(at)reedglobal.com