Qualified Social Worker - Children in Care Specialist Team

This is a temporary position based within the UASC team in Goodman House, Harlow. Job Purpose Summary The specialist role is working with Unaccompanied Asylum seeking Children (UASC) who arrive in Essex. This includes carrying out a needs assessment at point of entry and if the age of the young person is in dispute carrying out an age assessment. Experience of completing Merton compliant age assessments is essential for the role. We support young people to make a claim for Asylum, which includes identifying legal representation and attending appointments at the Home Office. Over and above being UASC our young people are Looked after Children. The role includes managing a defined caseload, the Social Worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people and families/carers to achieve positive change and improved outcomes. This includes enquiry, assessment, purposeful intervention through direct work and review in relation to Child Protection, Child in Need and Children Looked After, achieving permanency through care for Children in Care, whilst acknowledging that any decision on permanency will be dependent on the Home Office decision on length of leave to remain in the UK. Our Children in Care Teams work with children and young people who are in care up to the age of 18. Children in Care Team's provide a high quality service to children who are unable to live at home and are placed with foster carers or supported accommodation post 16. The work includes ensuring that all statutory requirements are met and include undertaking Care proceedings, supporting children who return home where family have been identified. The team are committed to high quality work and engagement with all children in care to maximise the potential of young people. They work with a range of agencies, including Home Office, Immigration, Solicitors, Health and Education to ensure that care plans are effective. What you'll need to join our Social Work team; To play a key part in transforming the lives of children and families, you'll be a DIPSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent graduate. Ideally this will be backed up by post-qualification experience as a children's social worker however we could consider a social worker with transitional skills. 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. As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to . Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

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