Social Work Assistant required in Ashford, Kent.
18 hours across the week, the service is built on demand however usual hours will be after school.
Assist Social Workers who work with Looked After Children, Children in Need and Children with Disabilities to ensure that children are visited and reviews held within statutory requirements and that their Plans are implemented in accordance with Directorate policy and national legislation.
Assist Social Workers in the Duty and Assessment Teams to complete initial and core assessments for Children in Need and Looked After Children.
Assist with the monitoring and review of children receiving a regular package of services in a variety of settings, including respite and community care and home support.
Main duties and responsibilities:
- Provide support to Social Workers in the discharge of their responsibilities, as defined by the Team Leader, to ensure that reviews of Looked After Children (LAC) and those in receipt of respite care take place, as well as interim regular visits, and that the views of children are noted, according to statutory requirements.
- Develop a good working relationship with Education and Health staff to ensure that positive outcomes for Looked After Children are achieved, as identified in their individual plans.
- Maintain a record of visits and contacts concerning LAC and those requiring respite care, including the administration of LAC forms and those concerning the placement of children, ensuring that procedures run smoothly and within agreed guidelines, to enable Social Workers to monitor the progress of the children concerned.
- Contribute written reports and information concerning the needs, problems and progress of Looked After Children and those requiring respite care, to ensure that Social Workers are fully informed of each case and to enable them to make informed decisions concerning future steps.
- Assist with the monitoring and review of children receiving a regular package of services in a variety of settings, to ensure that individual plans are carried out within the relevant timescales.
- Assist with initial assessments of Children in Need in order to support Social Workers in the drafting and implementation of their Care Plans.
- Develop a good working relationship with the families, foster carers and other key professional contacts of the children concerned, arranging childminders, nursery placements, transport and contact arrangements etc as appropriate, in order to assist with the implementation of the Care Plans.
- Liaise with external agencies to gather information for child protection enquiries or for initial and core assessments, to enable the Social Workers to carry out thorough investigations or to make informed decisions concerning Care Plans and to ensure that the welfare of the child is paramount.
- Undertake case summaries and compile chronologies for all children's groups as required, to ensure that comprehensive and accurate information is available to Social Workers and Team Leaders so that timely decisions can be made around interventions.
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