Contact Assessment Worker
1 x Contact Assessment Worker
37 hours per week
NJC Grade 3 £19,650 - £20,043 per annum
Do you aspire to work for an ‘Outstanding’ Local Authority?
Here at Telford and Wrekin Council, we have been judged to be outstanding overall in terms of effectiveness (the only Authority in the West Midlands with this judgement).
Here’s just some of the great things Ofsted had to say when they visited us recently: Children are cared for and cared about
Social Workers and other staff who support children are very committed and they are exceptionally well trained
Children are listened to and their experiences are well understood
Senior Leaders aspire to a service for every child that they would welcome for their own.
Children benefit from a stable workforce which is highly committed and experienced.
Staff experience a wide range of development opportunities.
We are well adapted to a hybrid model of working which includes a combination of time spent in the office and at home – our approach is to promote greater level of flexible working around personal and family commitments.
There’s never been a more exciting time to join our service: alongside making a difference to the lives of individuals and families, we’re adopting exciting new strengths-based approaches and are passionate about delivering continuous service improvement. And our people are at the heart of this progress: that’s why from tailored in-house training to the West Midlands Teaching Partnership, we make sure they have access to the best development opportunities. If you share our passion for making a difference, we would be delighted if you joined us.
Telford &; Wrekin Council are committed to both you and to developing the future social work workforce. We have a robust supervision policy which is geared towards achieving positive outcomes for you as a worker and for the children and families we work with. You will have regular, quality supervision with your line manager.
Telford and Wrekin Council takes seriously the responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the children and young people entrusted to our care and it is our expectation that all staff will share this commitment. We will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust recruitment processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our workforce.
Completion of an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check is a requirement for working with children and young people.
This post is covered by the Code of Practice on the English Language Fluency Duty for public sector workers.
We have a great opportunity for ONE full time Contact Assessment Worker.
This busy team is very experienced, highly supportive, friendly and enthusiastic about what they do.
To transport children to, and supervise contact between children, young people and their parents and/or other relatives as part of the assessment process or where court orders or other circumstances make this necessary, and contribute from a supervised contact perspective to the various types of evidenced based assessments of children’s needs and parenting capacity in order to improve positive outcomes for children, young people and their families.
Main accountabilities of the role:
• Tasks specific to this post:
• The following tasks are indicative of those that may be expected from the post holder and are not a complete list of those that a post holder may undertake.
• To receive direction from the Duty Desk Co-ordinator, Social Worker and/or Team Leader in order to provide supervised contact.
• To provide transport to children and on occasion other family members to and from the contact venue.
• To maintain electronic records of contact sessions and to plan/arrange contact schedules, ensuring that all relevant parties have a copy. To participate in evaluation of work undertaken.
• To report to the designated supervisor or Team Manager any circumstances giving rise to concern relation to the safety of children, (including accidents to staff and/or children).
• Contribute to social work assessments in relation to the supervision of contact under the direction of the Social Worker and/or Team Leader, reporting any changes in circumstances or any other causes of concern.
• To adhere to the Council’s Policy and Procedure and guidelines relating to anti-oppressive practice, equal opportunities, child protection and confidentiality.
• To record observations made during contact sessions and write various reports, including Witness Statements for Court, based on those observations. To attend Court and give verbal evidence as and when requested.
• To attend and contribute, both verbally and through written reports, to relevant Planning Meetings in respect of individual children and young people.
• To review/update equipment in contact venues. To purchase relevant educational books and multi-cultural toys and games.
• To support other workers involved in the contact session in conjunction with the designated Social Worker. To participate in training and development as required by the Team Leader.
As per Job Description.
Please note employees who are at risk will be considered first for this position.
Only if an appointment is not made will other candidates be considered.
We are committed to equality and diversity.
Posts working with children or vulnerable groups will be subject to an appropriate criminal records check.
Sorry but CVs will not be accepted.
For more information about working for Telford & Wrekin Children's Social Care, please view our recruitment page: https://www.telford.gov.uk/cscr
Please contact Laura Topping, Team Manager, 01952 385738 If you have any queries.