Social Worker - Special Guardianship Order (SGO) Support Team
Salary from £30,000 to £35,000
Part Time contract - 22.2 hours (3 days) a week
The team will be based at County Hall, Chelmsford but with a County Wide remit.
The special guardianship order (SGO) support team is working closely alongside our post adoption team. The team will provide assessment and support to both adults and children affected by SGOs. This will include court work, group work, parenting support, life story work and assistance with contact, amongst other things.
- To ensure both the safety and best interests of the children are paramount and that child protection procedures are followed, in accordance with the statutory requirements of relevant legislation
- To be involved in the assessment of needs, planning and intervention for children and adults affected by SGOs
- To offer support and advice to children and adults affected by SGOs in accordance with the identified needs and the team remit
- To undertake direct work with children including life story work and work around contact
- To assess the risks for children living with special guardians and identify appropriate actions to address any risks
- To complete reports as directed by Court
- To organise and facilitate support groups
- To provide information and support to birth parents
- To participate in disruption meetings when required, supporting the special guardians and children as appropriate
- To provide contact mediation service and work towards helping the special guardians to improve their skills in managing contact
- To work with complex family dynamics
- To support and advise other child care staff in this work as appropriate
- To record information in line with the department's case recording policy
- To participate in case discussions, strategy meetings, legal case discussions, child protection conferences and statutory reviews, when required
- To maintain a current knowledge in legislation and policy changes, research findings and practice developments, particularly in relation to adoption, including training and other professional development opportunities
- To attend team meetings
- To prepare for and attend supervision meetings
What you'll need to join our Social Work teams
To play a key part in transforming the lives of children and families, you'll be a DIPSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent graduate. This will be backed up by post-qualification experience as a children's social worker. Open to change and ready to innovate, you will be keen to join an environment where you can stretch yourself professionally, make an impact individually and deliver positive outcomes collaboratively.
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the County of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
Qualification certificates must be brought to interview.
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