Children’s Social Care Workers, Disabled Children’s Team

Job specification

Location: Swindon

Hours: 1x37 & 1x18.5

Contract type: Permanent & Fixed term contract

Salary: £23,014 p.a. pro rata

Closing date: 09/08/2020

Job reference: 004729

Interview date: 13&14/08/2020

Date posted: 22/07/2020

About Us: Swindon Borough Council
At Swindon Borough Council, we are bold and ambitious in our plans, with a clear vision and direction for the future. Our status as one of the UK’s fastest growing towns is driving transformational change across our organisation, most significantly within our highly valued Children’s Services teams.

About Us: The Disabled Children Team
The Disabled Children Team (DCT) work with children and young people up to the age of 18 years old who have a diagnosed disability, determined by threshold and eligibility criteria. DCT is targeted at children whose main need for support arises from their disability, which has a major impact on their day-to day living, as well as the lives of their parents/carers/siblings. These are children for whom accessing universal services or the targeted support via the Local Offer is not sufficient.

The Role of Social Care Workers in the Disabled Children Team
As a Social Care Worker in the Support Pod of the DCT, you will be expected to hold a caseload of Children in Need (CHiN) and their families alongside an allocated Social Worker. You will assist the Social Worker in undertaking regular visits to the child, gathering the child’s views through direct work, chairing CHiN reviews with parents, carers and professionals within statutory requirements, and working as part of the multi-agency team to ensure the implementation of the CHiN plan. This is likely to involve supporting children and young people in receipt of daytime and overnight short breaks.

As a Social Care Worker taking the lead on Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) in the DCT, you will be expected to build strong, working relationships with SENAT and local mainstream and SEN schools in order to gain a better understanding of the EHCP process and statutory requirements. You will support the social workers, within the DCT as well as other Social Work teams, to understand the social care role in the EHCP process, to improve the quality of social care contributions to children’s annual EHCP reviews (e.g. by delivering workshops) and to collate data to predict and record contributions made for all Swindon children with social care involvement in order to improve overall quality and compliance.

Although experience of working with children with disabilities is not a mandatory requirement for these posts, it is desirable.

We are keen to receive applications from individuals from all backgrounds that reflect and makes up Swindon’s diverse community.

In return for your talents, we offer a range of benefits including:

Flexible working

25 days holiday

Free car parking at our central Swindon campus

A career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme

Leisure Discounts/ Legal Services discounts

Eating Out, Shopping and Entertainment discounts

There is one permanent, full-time post in the Support Pod for 37 hours per week and one fixed term post for 12 month pilot as the EHCP lead for 18.5 hours per week. Please state on your application which role you are applying for.

An ability to travel throughout the Borough, plus an enhanced DBS disclosure will be required. Candidates must be fluent in the English language (as a requirement of Part 7 of the Immigration Act – for the effective performance of a customer-facing role).

If you are experiencing technical issues submitting your application please email resourcing@swindon.gov.uk

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Application closing date: 09th August 20