Social Worker Prevention and Intervention

Job description

The Multi-Agency Support Teams (MAST) in Children and Families Services have a vacancy for a Social Workers specialising in Prevention and Early Intervention. The successful candidate will have excellent assessment and report writing skills and have three years post qualifying experience to enable timely and robust decision-making about the best course of action for incoming requests for services. One of the responsibilities for the post-holder will be to work as part of the Prevention & Assessment Team for MAST and Social Care. The post-holder will screen referrals coming into the service, liaise with professionals, collate information and make informed decisions relating to support required dependent on need. Good and clear assessment skills are required, alongside the ability to work with partner agencies.

As part of the screening role, the post holder will identify and provide summaries for those cases coming into the service that require discussion at the weekly Multi Agency Allocation Meeting (MAAM) and be competent at presenting these cases at the meeting.

The role is that of a specialist worker within MAST and as such the post holder would be expected to provide support, advice and guidance to MAST staff on a consultation basis where there are safeguarding or child protection concerns.

In addition there will be the requirement to lead training sessions to groups and present complex information succinctly.

A commitment to whole family, solution focused, integrated working in achieving the best possible outcomes for children, young people and families is essential. Services use the Liquid logic social care system and signs of safety model.

A professional social work qualification and SWE registration as well as a minimum of three years post qualification experience is essential as well as a good knowledge of the legislative framework for all services to children and young people and a thorough knowledge of child development, attachment theory and anti-discriminatory practice. 

Please note that the work base may alter throughout the contract and the daily demands of the role may alter over time. This will be in accordance with the needs and development of the Children and Families services and therefore successful candidates need to be flexible. 

We are investing in our workforce and are promoting opportunities to our under-represented groups. We value equality, diversity and inclusion and are focused on increasing the diversity of our workforce, particularly the number of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, Disabled and LGBTQ+ people, so that our teams reflect the communities in the city we serve. We are also supporting staff with unpaid caring responsibilities to work flexibly.

Under the Disability Confident Scheme, disabled applicants, who meet the essential criteria of this job, are guaranteed an interview.

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.