School Social Worker

2022-01-12 18:27:092022-02-16Hoop Recruitment
Job TypeTemporary Full Time
AreaSwindon, United KingdomSwindonUnited Kingdom
SectorSocial Work - Adult
Start DateASAP
AdvertiserJoseph Edge
Job RefV36255

An exciting opportunity has arisen in Swindon Borough Council to work as a Social Worker as part of a Schools Project, working with the Department for Education who are piloting the programme. This is an innovative programme partnering closely with schools, Swindon Borough Council rated as good in its latest Ofsted Inspection in 2019, is proud to be one of only 20 Local Authorities in the Country to be able to take part in this initiative. The project will offer skilled Social Workers the opportunity to gain valuable and unique experience and skills and work in a role which will shape future services and make a real impact on the lives of young people and families across the town. You will be based within a School setting, supporting designated safeguarding leads, and educational and pastoral colleagues in safeguarding children and young people. 

This is a contract up until the end of the academic year of July 2021 with the pay rate of £35 per hour

Key Responsibilties

  • To carry out statutory social work which meets the threshold for statutory intervention
  • To support carers to continue in their role in complex situations.
  • Provide preventative advice to staff, families and young people to reduce the need for referrals which may not reach threshold for statutory work
  • To maintain a caseload of children who may be subject to a child in need service, on a Child Protection plan or Children Looked After
  • Work closely with the Youth Offending team to support children who are involved in or becoming involved
  • in antisocial behavior or criminal behavior
  • To work with identified children in the context of their family, wider community and school community
  • Work with Designated Safeguarding Leads to build better relationships with families and better understand their needs
  • Work with feeder primary schools to support an integrated family approach if needed
  • To ensure accurate and timely recording of all information and activity onto the social care records database in accordance with work targets set by the Team Manager and Supervisor.
  • To gather sufficient information about individuals in order to assess their needs against eligibility criteria.
  • To contribute to local knowledge (within the team and the service) about universally available services, including what is available within the voluntary and community sector, as well as the Department’s commissioned and contracted services and to signpost/advocate for individuals accordingly.
  • To have advanced skills and knowledge in assessment, support planning and the management of risks for individuals and to be able to apply Council policy and support individuals to manage risk appropriately.
  • To practice in line with legal requirements, demonstrating a detailed understanding the relevant legislation and guidance.
  • To advise, guide and support colleagues to meets legal, procedure and practice requirements.
  • To update and provide knowledge and training where necessary to Designated Safeguarding Leads in the school base in relation to safeguarding expertise and improving referrals
  • To identify where children may be at risk and to act in accordance with the Department’s safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • To represent the council in multi-disciplinary working with health, police and other colleagues, working collaboratively to ensure effective communication / information sharing and to support decision making processes.
  • To write reports for court hearings and to present evidence in court, including Court of Protection and High Court.
  • To ensure that Council corporate and departmental policies and procedures are followed at all times.
  • To contribute proactively to the effective working of the team with a positive attitude, by sharing knowledge, offering advice and support and by preparedness to be involved in the development of services.
  • To have regular formal and informal contact with the Designated Safeguarding Lead and other appropriate school staff, children and families
  • To fully engage and prepare for own supervision and appraisal through self-evaluation, ensuring that continual professional development is evidenced. To be an ambassador for the Council and the department at all times, always representing the Council positively, professionally and appropriately at meetings with individuals, external partners and agencies.
  • Manage an allocated caseload appropriate to the extensive experience of the Experienced Social Worker, to include complex assessments of children, families and parenting and other work to meet statutory requirements.
  • Work within Swindon Borough Council’s policies, procedures and good practice guidelines in order to meet the needs of the children and families allocated.
  • Work with children and young people, families, carers and communities to help them make informed decisions, engender change enabling them to clarify and express their needs, and contribute to service planning.
  • Undertake specialist assessments, for your and other workers’ cases, for court proceedings, including parenting and kinship assessments.
  • When working with families recognise monitor and assess risk. To ensure information about risk is escalated to managers in a timely manner.

To apply for this role you will need to hold a social work qualification and be registered with Social Work England. You will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure unless on the update service.

Benefits to working with Hoop

  • We put people first. Always
  • We pride ourselves in finding roles that you want and enjoy
  • We want to understand what is important to you and find roles that suit you. We won’t just give you what we have!
  • We currently have over 100 happy social workers working for us in South Wales and we are looking to replicate this in South West England

Please get in touch with Joseph Edge on 02922 400519 or at if interested.

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