Early Help Social Worker
Sandwell Children’s Trust are working to help children and families by providing help as early as possible; before the need for statutory social work intervention.
As an Early Help Social Worker you will be based within the Rowley COG Team, providing professional social work advice and support to the COG Team Manager, schools and other partner agencies.
The role is demanding and exceptionally rewarding. You will have an opportunity to influence practice across a wide range of partnerships. The Early Help Social Workers will be required to hold a small cases as well as supporting COG team and partner agencies to have the confidence and tools to support families at a ‘targeted’ level; helping them to foster meaningful relationships with families by supporting positive engagement. As part of this role you will also be support family workers to case-hold to ensure that they are completing a good standard of assessment and critically analysing risk.
Your role will revolve around weekly ‘COG Meetings’ – unblocking difficult challenges through the use of social work skills – undertaking joint home visits, using assessment and analysis to inform decision making and the application of thresholds. In many cases your challenge will be to ‘get through the front door’ of families who may have had a bad experience of professional help in the past, but who usually want the best for their children – if you can manage to overcome the barriers that so often lead agencies to conclude that they have no option but to ‘refer’ to children’s social care. From time to time you may be required to support our Care Management team and hold a small case load of statutory cases, that are in the process of being stepped down to Targeted Services.
Sandwell Children’s Trust will provide you with training in the Signs of Safety approach and you will be at the forefront of modelling this approach to ensure that children and families remain at the centre of our thinking.
You will be a qualified social worker who has completed the ASYE programme. All EHSWs receive regular line management supervision and support from the COG Manager as well as clinical supervision through the Principal Social Worker Service and peer support through meeting with other EHSWs.
An Enhanced DBS and registration with the HCPC is relevant for this role.Supporting documents
Social worker PS.pdf
Social worker - JD.pdf