Senior Social Worker

  • Job Reference: AP42
  • Date Posted: 29 March 2024
  • Recruiter: The Social Recruitment Company
  • Location: Barnet
  • Salary: £37.00 Per Hour
  • Sector: Senior Practitioner, Social Worker, Supervising Social Worker, Team Manager
  • Job Type: Contract, Temporary
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Samuel Noakes
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Job Description

As a Senior Social Worker, you will play a pivotal role in delivering a comprehensive and effective integrated social work service. Your primary focus will be responding at a higher level to complex situations, addressing the needs of children and their families within statutory guidelines and council obligations. This role demands substantial post-qualification experience in a statutory Children Social Care setting, and an ability to operate autonomously with expert judgment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate safeguarding and permanence measures at a high level of complexity within individual cases.
  • Mentor less experienced social workers, ensuring their professional development and supporting them in managing higher levels of risk.
  • Lead in a specialised area of work as directed by departmental policies and procedures.
  • Provide focused and purposeful social work interventions within a Resilience framework, aligning with desired outcomes while managing risks to children.
  • Demonstrate a high level of understanding of complexity and respond in a timely manner meeting the Nolan Standards.
  • Work directly with children, conducting accurate assessments of their needs, and gathering information from various sources.
  • Manage caseloads, prioritising tasks, and responsibilities, while overseeing the work of less experienced colleagues.
  • Ensure statutory responsibilities for children are met, including visits, reviews, court reporting, and meeting performance targets.
  • Provide highly skilled written and verbal reports based on complex evidence, presenting information to various stakeholders.
  • Maintain case records, collaborate with other agencies, apply research knowledge to inform practice, and support Barnet Family Services' vision as a learning organisation.
  • Actively participate in the Workforce Development Programme, serving as a Practice Educator and assessor for trainees.
  • Manage time effectively to meet regulatory deadlines for reports, assessments, and plans.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Extensive post-qualification experience in a statutory Children Social Care setting.
  • Expertise in assessing and managing complex situations and risks.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills for mentoring and supporting less experienced colleagues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within statutory guidelines and council obligations.

This role offers an opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of children and families, requiring both expertise in social work practice and a commitment to ongoing professional development. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team dedicated to providing the highest level of care and support to vulnerable individuals within the community.