The Care Planning & Court Team is responsible for Care Proceedings from granting of the Interim Care Order to granting of final orders and for Looked After Children aged 0 – 12 years of age.
You will be responsible for assessments, Court statements and presenting evidence to the Court. You will have responsibility for planning for children in the care of the Local Authority which can be for return home, placement with friends or family, adoption or long term fostering, and undertaking the care planning and Court work required to ensure timely permanency planning is achieved for children. Cases allocated to you will be at a more complex level than those of less experienced workers.
You will be expected to co-work cases with less experienced / non social work qualified members of the team and to take responsibility as part of that process for sharing and developing their learning.
This role involves taking a lead role within the Team for researching and developing evidence based practice and sharing this with other staff. You will offer advice, consultation and support to team members on aspects of case management. You will represent the Team at meetings/forums as deemed appropriate by the Team Manager/Team Coordinator. You may be required to take part in the delivery of training to staff across the Directorate with line management agreement
The ability to engage and communicate with children is essential and to support children in care to reach their full potential. You will need to work closely with colleagues in Safeguarding, Fostering, Adoption and Friends and Family Teams.
If you are confident and have the skills and experience to manage a busy caseload then this is an opportunity to join a busy and supportive team who are committed to producing high quality work within a service which has a clear focus on achieving positive outcomes for children and young people.
Applications from internal candidates will be accepted, on a secondment basis, with prior agreement of your team manager/ supervisor.
For an informal discussion please contact Team Managers Natalie Mandley, on 01785 276800 or Nicola Hope, on 01782 296280
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Closing Date: 25 August 2017 at midnight
Please be aware, only application forms completed online will be accepted. We will not accept CV’s or Word application forms.
Stafford Care Planning & Court Team
Newcastle Care Planning & Court Team
This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This position is subject to a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) which will require you to disclose details of all unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.