An opportunity has arisen to join our expanded services in the Sheffield Children Looked After Team and we are currently seeking to appoint permanent full time Social Workers/Senior social workers.
The service is now working with children at an earlier stage of their care journey and on into adoption. We hope this will offer children and young people improved relationships and understanding as their future plans develop through legal proceedings and improved permanency planning.
The new remit allows social workers to enjoy greater opportunity for professional development and a varied and balanced of work.
You will be part of a team of Social Workers that will specialise in meeting the needs of Looked after Children subject to Care Proceedings, s.20 voluntary accommodation and subject to placement orders. We also, support all looked after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children placed by Sheffield. Working from the same base as the Leaving Care Service we have a strong base to support young people on to successful adult lives.
In this role you will undertake effective assessment and care planning as well as attend legal planning meetings, LAC reviews, professionals’ meetings, and undertake statutory duties. In addition, you will be responsible for preparation of written evidence, attendance at Court, advocates/professionals’ meetings and you would ensure there is no drift in achieving permanency for children looked after.
This role will involve working with children and young people who are in care and ensuring effective working with families to ensure safe return of children and young people to their families without drift.
Candidates will need to have an interest in developing some Court work and Child Protection experience. Have a sound value base and confidence to challenge others to ensure young people’s voice is central to all planning. You will have knowledge and experience of Safeguarding and of legislation, regulations and guidance relating to Children’s social care together with an ability to assess and manage risk. Staff are supported through a well-targeted and effectively delivered training programme and a strong management team.
If you are an enthusiastic, innovative and an experienced qualified and registered Social Worker we would love to hear from you.
We are committed to fairness and social justice and welcome applications from everyone. We value our diverse workforce and aim to work together to make the most of our differences. Under the Disability Confident Scheme, disabled applicants, who meet the essential criteria of this job, are guaranteed an interview.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare and safety of children and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. All successful candidates will be required to complete an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check.
Full-time employees work 37 hours for 52 weeks of the year and we offer a generous holiday entitlement. We are open to discussions about a wide range of flexible working opportunities, which benefit you and the Council.