Case Progression Officer - Maternity Cover
Welcome to Worcestershire Children First!
Our vision is for Worcestershire to be a wonderful place for all children and young people to grow up, and our mission is to Support children and young people to be happy, healthy and safe. We will do this by keeping children and young people at the heart of everything we do, supporting and empowering parents to care for their own children well, valuing education as the best start in life for all children, and acting in a professional and timely way to protect children from harm.
Worcestershire Children First is responsible for the delivery of services to children and young people across Worcestershire. We are a not for profit company and 100% owned by Worcestershire County Council.
In June 2019 Ofsted recognised that “Effective work by senior management and staff, together with commitment and investment by political leaders, (had) led to improved responses to the needs of children and families,” and that “As a result, outcomes for many children and their families are better, and there is evidence of a sustained trajectory of improvement,”
We will continue provide focus and drive to build a strong and supportive leadership team who share our vision to achieve outstanding services for the children of Worcestershire.
We have a commitment to ensuring that we have the right capacity, capability and corporate environment for our workforce, we are looking to set high standards for social work practice and to develop outcome focused high quality services to children and families, ensuring that they are effectively supported to reach their full potential, delivered through a commitment to strong partnerships that ensure safeguarding remains the highest priority for children and young people. This is achieved by ensuring that we listen to the voice of the child, young person and their families, understand their ‘lived experience’ and their needs and work together to agree how these needs will be met with the right help and support at the right time.
Worcestershire Children’s First will continue to work hard to ensure that there is consistent and improved practice in Public Law Outline (PLO) and Court cases. Worcestershire is maintaining good performance within the region resulting in effective safeguarding and children achieving permanency more quickly. As part of this commitment we are appointing a second Case Progression Officer post to embed consistent and positive practice in respect of children who are subject to PLO and care proceedings.
Case Progression Officer – Legal (Temporary due to maternity cover)
We are looking for an experienced forward thinking and highly motivated candidate to cover a maternity leave post for 12 months.
The preferred candidate will have extensive knowledge and application of the Public Law Outline and the conduct of Court Cases.
As a Court Progression Officer, you will have developed specialist knowledge of social work practice.
You will have extensive experience in completing assessments and making recommendations on how those needs can be met. You will have a significant knowledge of legislation and regulation guidance relevant to your role and experience of working in frontline children’s services.
The preferred candidate will have strong written and verbal skills, and experience of mentoring/supporting less experienced social workers.
You will be an SWE - registered Social Worker with an understanding of social work practice encountered throughout the child’s journey.
We are looking for forward thinking and highly motivated candidates who can provide support to Social Workers across our Family Front Door, Locality Safeguarding Services, and Children with Disabilities, and you will achieve this through your leadership, drive, and commitment to the highest performance and practice standards.
This is an exciting opportunity for you to excel in a challenging yet highly rewarding environment. Come and join us to take up the challenge and play a key role within a highly supportive environment, to improve services to children and young people in Worcestershire.
What can Worcestershire offer you?
A basic salary of up to £42,821 per annum (37hr position)
- The technology and flexibility to work from home, in the office or from touch points across the county
- Ongoing training and professional development opportunities.
- An allowance of up to £10,000 to eligible to recruits who need to move home as a result of accepting an appointment. You can receive help towards removal expenses, legal fees, estate agents fees disturbance expenses and additional accommodation costs
So what next?
If you would like more information on these posts or just simply want to understand more about Worcestershire Children’s First, please contact:
Maria White, Assistant Director (Locality Safeguarding Services) - Tel: 01905 846009
Applications can be submitted by sending a copy of your up to date CV and an expression of interest detailing your skills, abilities, experience and achievements to date that make you a suitable candidate for the post.(2 sides A4 max) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date: 29/11/2020
Interview Date: TBC