Experienced Social Worker
Purpose of role
Experienced Social Workers are more autonomous in their role. They demonstrate expert and effective practice in complex situations, assessing and managing higher levels of risk, striking a balance between support and control, liaising with a wide range of professionals, including more senior levels. They manage complex caseloads, and offer expert opinion within the organisation and to others. They chair a range of meetings, offer expert support to case conferences, and produce high quality assessments and reports for a range of functions. They model good practice, setting expectations for others. They start to take responsibility and be accountable for the practice of others, mentoring newly qualified Social Workers, and supervising the work of junior staff. They undertake capacity-building with individuals, families, communities, user groups and voluntary organisations, and contribute their views on service provision to commissioners.
To attain this role you must
- have significant experience in Social Work practice
- hold a BA/BSc/MA in Social Work (or equivalent)
- be Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered
Key knowledge, skills and abilities to be successful in this role
- to be able to show that you can model the Social Work role, set expectations for others and contribute to the public face of the organisation
- to contribute to your own supervision that covers practice, organisational and management aspects of role, applying critical reflection throughout
- to hold significant knowledge of research theories and practice relating to Social Work with children and families
- to have a strong knowledge of child abuse, its manifestations, causes and consequences
- to have a strong working knowledge of child protection practice and procedures
- to hold skills in direct work with children including children who may have been abused
- to have experience in investigation and assessment of child abuse.