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Social Work Assistant

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Role Responsibility

Social Work Assistant within the Contact Service

The Children in Care Team  in North Kent is large and dynamic, and the Social Work Assistants play a vital role in the delivery of services targeted to our vulnerable children and their families.


The primary requirement for this role is to promote and maintain family relationships and to make the contact experience the best it can be for the children that it involves and their families. This is achieved by facilitating and enabling excellent quality supervised contact between children and their families. The role of the supervisor is to ensure children get the best experience from these sessions as well as supporting the parents as necessary and within KCC policy and guidelines.


The successful applicant will need to demonstrate that they are self-motivated, have excellent communication skills and be computer literate so that you can write up a record following the contact sessions that could be used in the court arena.


On occasions you may be required to assist the Contact Coordinator in an administrative capacity in scheduling future contact sessions.


You will need to be able to demonstrate that you can develop good working relationships with the families, foster carers and other professionals with whom we work.  As part of a team of Contact Social Work Assistants based across North Kent you will be working to and receiving supervision from the Contact Coordinator as well as a social worker to help you in developing reflective practice.


As this post is within the Children In Care service, you will be expected to support Social workers in creating Life story books for children and also on occasions working directly with children as part of this. 


The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Kent. You will often be required to transport children, in a timely and flexible manner at various times of the day. You should note that public transport is not a viable option as some rural areas of Kent often have no or limited public transport.


This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.


This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service.


Contact Details

Martin O'Flynn - martin.o'

Janet Hemsley

About the Company

KCC is committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of the county's working residents, encouraging applications from people of all ages, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and faiths, and aspires to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves at work.

Please note – if you are interested, please apply as soon as possible as the closing date for this advert may be earlier than stated should a number of suitably qualified candidates apply.

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