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Social Work Assistant

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

Role Responsibility

The Children in Care Team is large and dynamic and the SWAs within the contact service play a vital role in the delivery of services to our vulnerable children and their families. The primary requirement is to facilitate and supervise contact between children in care and their families during which time you will need to ensure children get the best experience from these sessions and support the parents as necessary and appropriately. Whilst most of the arrangements for contact will be in place, you will be happy to assist and support the necessary transport arrangements to ensure the implementation of the care plan. You will need to accurately document these sessions for later use in assisting Social Workers to complete assessments and inform care plans.

On occasions you may be required to assist the Contact Coordinator in an administrative capacity in scheduling future contact sessions ensuring all necessary paperwork has been received and providing administrative cover if necessary, during annual leave etc. Providing support is essential to our service users so the ability to produce good reports and case notes, collate information and liaise with social workers and other professionals to inform the complex case conferences and court work is another key element of the work.

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 so good interpersonal skills are vital. As part of a team of Contact Supervisors based across South Kent you will be working to and receiving supervision from the Contact Coordinator.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Kent and beyond. There may be times that you are required to travel across a wide geographical area, 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.

The post is 37 hours to be worked 8:30-17:00 Monday to Friday.

Contact Details

For further information regarding this role, please contact:

Jemma Edge or Mhairi Tumber via email: jemma.edge@kent.gov.uk / mhairi.tumber@kent.gov.uk 

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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