JOB PURPOSE: To provide a comprehensive social work service to children and families in need, children with disabilities, Looked After Children and care leavers and to meet specialist legislative responsibilities where appropriate. To work in partnership with children and families. To take responsibility for a caseload according to qualifications and experience MAIN DUTIES: To carry a complex child and family workload, which could include family support, children with disabilities, child protection, children in need, Looked After children and care leavers. To manage high risk cases in accordance with procedures, with the support of Children's Social Care. To carry out the full range of assessments and plans within Government and Departmental prescribed timescales and standards. To develop innovative solutions to intractable family problems. To prepare statements and reports for the Courts and to represent the Council in Court as required. To participate in the duty systems as required. To maintain individual case records in accordance with departmental guidance and procedure and to ensure that information required for management purposes is recorded. To undertake statutory responsibilities towards children in need, children with disabilities, children Looked After by the Local Authority and care leavers. To liaise effectively with other agencies and, where appropriate, to be involved in multi-disciplinary work. To devise, implement and update all statutory plans to meet service user needs and statutory responsibilities, as agreed by Team/Deputy Manager. To work on own initiative, managing and prioritising own workload under the direction of the supervisor. To participate in the planning of future service delivery as part of a team. To participate in monitoring and reviewing the service. To promote Equal Opportunities and Anti-Discriminatory practice in all areas of work within and outside the Council, in line with legislation of Council policy. To attend Team Meetings and contribute to team development. To participate in regular supervision with the Team/Deputy Manager and to ensure that the Team Manager is made aware of any issues of major importance or concern. To undertake appropriate training and keep up with Departmental procedure, legislation and developments in professional practice. To undertake supervision of students or social work assistants, for those appropriately experienced. Any other duties as required by the Director of Specialist Support Services, provided they are compatible with the Post Holder�s Job Description.
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