Qualified Social Worker – Children’s Family Support & Protection - Essex - £32ph

Qualified Social Worker
£32 to £33 Per Hour
Contract Type:

mbi Medical are pleased to be working with Essex County Council, who require a Qualified Social Worker to join their Family Support & Protection team in Basildon.

Job purpose:

Managing a defined caseload, the Social Worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people & families/carers to achieve positive change and improved outcomes. This includes enquiry, assessment, purposeful intervention through direct work and review relating to Child Protection, Child in Need and Children Looked After, achieving permanency through care for Children in Care


Main duties:

- Work with children and families at the point in their journey where there are safeguarding concerns and act to reduce those risks. They play a key role in child protection, a child in need cases and safety planning for children.

- Family Support and Protection undertake meaningful, transparent direct work with children and their families ensuring the most positive outcomes and our diverse practice teams work within a positive, nurturing environment where successes are celebrated and individuals within the team are supported to grow and develop.

- Undertaking Child Protection and Child in need home visits

- Completing single assessments of parents and the potential risk to their child/children

- Prepare Child Protection conference report and Looked after child review reports

- Undertaking initial investigations Undertaking core investigations Operating under the remit of the Children's Act, 1989

- Attending child protection meetings

- Maintaining accurate and up-to-date case files, supporting junior members of the team Managing Complex cases.


You will need:

- Diploma in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent.

- Social Work England registration as a Registered Social Worker

- Evidence of continuing professional development

- IT/Word-Processing Skills

- Evidence of recent practice at an experienced social worker level, supported by comprehensive working knowledge and experience within the field of practice in Children Services

- Preferably with experience of Child Protection work, including section 47 investigations and assessments since the implementation of the Children’s Act 1989. Considerable, recent experience of communicating with children of all ages and working in partnership with parents and/or carers.

- Experience in planning activities and programmes for children, young people and parents.

- Experience of Court work relating to Child Care matters and have an understanding of the legal process.

- Detailed knowledge of current legislation pertinent to Child Protection (e.g. CA1989, CJA1991), Guidance and Regulations.

- Knowledge and understanding of child development, relating theory and practice.