Practice Lead – Family Partnership Service Luton
3 month contract
A Practice Lead – Family Partnership Service is responsible assist the Practice Manager with managing and directing a Family Well-being Service Hub, staff team, resources, and budgets in order to identify, assess and provide services/intervention to support children, young people, families and carers where a child is vulnerable, in need, disabled, or at risk of harm.
As a Social Worker you will be responsible to:
- Work closely with the Practice Manager in managing the Family Well-being Service team responsible for providing assessment and care management services to vulnerable children, young people, and families. To identify those children in need of statutory intervention and refer to colleagues in Specialist Family Support as required. Ensure all children and young people are enabled to meet their full potential to ensure positive outcomes including.
- Ensure effective risk management, decision making and preventative working to safeguard children and young people effectively in accordance with statutory requirements and policies.
- Establish the appropriate assessment required and identify the level of need for support/services.
- Determine the need for statutory intervention and respond appropriately.
- Maintain effective systems for prioritising, allocating and monitoring workloads and ensures that suitable systems of supervision and appraisal are in place to ensure children and family’s needs are met in accordance with legislation, departmental policies and procedures.
- Contribute to operational and strategic meetings as required and assist in the continued development of the service area.
- Hold a complex caseload as directed by the Practice Manager, if appropriate to the needs of the team. Attending transfer panel management oversight and transition. Seniority and knowledge base to direct workers.
- Recruit, motivate, train, and develop staff within Council procedures and implement employment procedures. Undertake development activities required for own and team development, including appraisal and supervision and keep up to date with legislation, government initiatives, best practice in Children’s Services to ensure an effective workforce that can meet service objectives.
- To be aware of and act within the legal framework and statutory guidance that affects the service area including ensuring report writing and case recording is maintained at a high level to ensure quality service provision.
- Maintain effective links and working relationships within the Department, particularly the Family Support Service, and with relevant statutory, voluntary, and private agencies. Work in partnership with these agencies to provide a well-co-ordinated quality service to
- Identify and arrange for services provided to service users by internal and external providers to be commissioned effectively and monitored to ensure that quality standards and service user needs are met.
- Comply with the Council’s Financial Procedures and purchase services for individuals to ensure services are provided within the limits of the devolved budgets allocated to the Team.
Skills and Experience
- In depth experience of work with children, young people, and their families in children’s services.
- Demonstrable experience of complex decision making in children’s services.
- Demonstrable experience of complex case work.
- Demonstrable experience of advising, coaching, and supporting staff.
- Able to assist in managing, motivating and developing a team working within children’s services, effectively achieving high levels of performance from staff and representing the service and department at a variety of internal/external meetings.
- Demonstrable communication skills.
- Able to develop and maintain effective administrative and organisational procedures.
- Able to lead and chair multi-disciplinary meetings.
- Able to negotiate and influence service users, staff at all levels, elected members and other professional both internal and external.
- Able to make sound professional judgements including high risk issues about children, parents, families, and carers.
- Commitment to the achievement of the highest possible standards of professional practice by all team members, through co-working, coaching/mentoring and the provision of advice, guidance, and assistance.
- In depth literacy and numeracy skills including ability to write complex reports.
- Relevant professional qualification in Social Work
Interperm Healthcare is an equal opportunities employer candidates will need to provide evidence of an enhanced disclosure with their DBS update service number when they apply for the position.