Senior Practitioner - Transitions Team - Mid
Children and Young People with Disabilities - YPWD Team
The Service consists of the Children with Disabilities Teams, Young People with Disabilities Teams, Child and Family Support Services Teams, Preparation for Adulthood Advisors Teams, Occupational Therapy Teams and a Core Children and Young People With Disabilities team and is in an exciting phase as we improve our services to children and young people with disabilities (from birth up to age 25) and their families, and embracing the SEND reforms.
The Young People with Disabilities Team focusses on working with young people and their families from the age of 16 years up to the age of 25 years.
We are currently looking for a Senior Practitioner to work in the Young People with Disabilities Mid team, Based in County Hall, Chelmsford and working in the mid Essex geographical area.
Working to the Children Act 1989 and 2004, Children and Families Act 2014, Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005, including all other relevant legislation pertinent to supporting children, young people and adults within the remit of Social Care.
The Senior Practitioner role provides leadership in the team, providing both support and mentoring to newly qualified or less experienced staff and deputising for the Team Manager when needed. They will oversee the review of some child in need plans particularly prior to closure and will have responsibility to lead in a practice area. There will be good opportunities for their own professional development and for being part of developing our team and service. There is an ethos of openness to the development of new ideas, particularly to reinforce our relationship based focus, both with our service users and within the staff group.
The successful candidate will be expected to bring skill and high standards of social work to their own caseload as well as providing modelling, advice and support to colleagues. They will be committed to systemic, relationship based social work, providing effective, innovative interventions and with the ability to build good partnerships, both with our external partners and within the organisation.
Preparation for Adulthood
Undertaking Transitions Assessments, Mental Capacity Assessments (including Deprivation of Liberty), Community Care assessments, Implementation of needs assessed Care and Support plans, Review of support Packages, and Adults Safeguarding Enquiries. Supporting Young People through the transition from Children's services into adulthood is the focus of our work, including school and college leaving (Education, Health and Care Plans) in partnership with colleagues from the Education Statutory Assessment Service, accommodation (residential / supported living, day services, developing daily Living independence skills, work experience/employment) and completing Continuing Health care Checklists and participating in Continuing Health care Decision Tool meetings in partnership with colleagues from the CCG.
The role of senior practitioner in the young people with disabilities team is currently an evolving one in this service but includes the following:
* is to manage a more complex caseload of children(16+)/young people with disabilities requiring assessment of their needs, advice, support and development of care and support plans and support packages in accordance with practice guidance and relevant legislation.
* within this team you will provide an integrated service to help families meet the needs of their children/young adults, build their resilience and support young people progress from childhood into adulthood.
* to monitor unmet needs and look at ways of developing/accessing family and friend support networks, universal services and statutory services to meet them, providing relevant information to the team manager.
* To assist the team manager in managing the team as required, including: chairing meetings, supervising team members/overseeing Social Work practice groups within the team and linking with practice groups across the teams to facilitate learning and practice development and to support team members with making decisions around complex child/Young person issues in the manager's absence, supervising duty and deputising for the manager as and when required.
* To be committed to the development of the services for children and young people with disabilities and their families by way of team/service and organisation projects.
Please note that for this team, experience in Adults Social Care is particularly desirable.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
* Diploma in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent.
* HCPC Registration as a registered social worker
* Experience of adult social care - undertaking care act assessments, Mental Capacity Assessments
* Evidence of continuing professional development
* IT/Word Processing Skills
* Evidence of recent practice at an experienced social worker level, supported by comprehensive working knowledge and experience within the field of practice in Children Services
* Preferably with experience of Child Protection work including section 47 investigations and assessments since the implementation of the Children's Act 1989.Considerable, recent experience of communicating with children of all ages and working in partnership with parents and/or carers.
* Experience in planning activities and programmes for children, young people and parents.
* Experience of Court work in relation to Child Care matters and an understanding of the legal process.
* Detailed knowledge of current legislation pertinent to Child Protection (e.g. CA1989, CJA1991), Guidance and Regulations.
* Knowledge and understanding of child development, relating theory and practice.
- Senior Practitioner
- Senior Social Worker
- Transitions Team
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