North West England

Children's Services

Contract

17/06/2024

Reference 1923

Qualified Social Worker - Cared For Children Team

Location: Manchester

Rate: Competitive

Role: Full-time, Office-based 

Contact: Emily Cooper - 07902371315 / ecooper@sheldon-phillips.com
 

Are you an experienced social worker looking for a new challenge? Join our dedicated Cared For Children (C4C) Team in Manchester and make a real difference in the lives of children and young people in our community.

YOU MUST BE SOCIAL WORK ENGLAND REGISTERED AND A QUALIFIED SOCIAL WORKER TO APPLY FOR THIS POST
 

Main Purpose:

As an experienced Social Worker with a minimum of 2 years’ experience within a Cared For Children Team, you will handle more complex cases, assess and manage risks appropriately, and work closely with service users and stakeholders to assist in service planning.
 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage a caseload of more complex cases and provide advice to other social workers on their cases.
  • Support less experienced social workers, supervise students, trainees, PAs, support staff, and volunteers.
  • Participate in the planning and reviewing of cases.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with service users, their families, and carers.
  • Provide advice and support, promoting independence and early intervention.
  • Liaise with colleagues and external agencies to gather information for assessments and care planning.
  • Maintain and update case notes and records to ethical and quality standards.
  • Write high-quality reports and provide evidence in court for care proceedings when required.
  • Work effectively on complex situations, using initiative and evaluating practice.
  • Be familiar with local resource networks and undertake capacity building with individuals, families, communities, user groups, and voluntary organisations.
  • Serve as a reliable knowledge source for peers and advise others.
  • Participate in duty matters on a rota basis.
     

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Professional qualification in Social Work with considerable experience in a relevant field.
  • In-depth knowledge of care assessment, planning, and relevant legislation.
  • Supervisory skills to oversee students, trainees, support staff, and volunteers.
  • Strong analytical, planning, and communication skills.
  • Experience in C4C is desirable, but skills from other areas of CSC are transferable.
  • Competency in assessment skills, smart planning, and analytic skills.
  • Ability to manage a caseload and ensure timely recording.
  • Excellent relational skills, with the ability to engage children/young people, gather their wishes/feelings, and advocate for them.
  • Critical thinking skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
  • Understanding of safeguarding, supporting children and young people to achieve their full potential, and transitions/permanence planning.
     

Team Structure:

  • 3 C4C teams, each with around 6 social workers.
  • Step Ahead service with around 12 PAs.
  • Post Order and Permanence Team with around 6 social workers.
  • Caseloads are currently around 20-22.
     

Work Environment:

  • Full-time staff are expected in the office around 3 days per week.
  • Flexibility for community visits and meetings.
  • Potential for home working with prior management agreement for specific tasks.
     

Apply Now:

If you are ready to take on this rewarding role and contribute to a dedicated team, we want to hear from you. For more information, please contact Emily Cooper at 07902371315 or email ecooper@sheldon-phillips.com.

 

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