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Social Work Team Co-ordinator

S01 £30,012 - £31,764 p.a.

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Children Employment and Skills
S01 £30,012 - £31,764 p.a.
Full time 35 hours per week
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222 Upper Street, London N1 1XR & 580 Holloway Road, London N7 6LB
S01 £30,012 - £31,764 p.a.
27/05/2018 23:59

Islington’s Children’s Social Care has significantly developed our practice model to help vulnerable children, young people and their families to make meaningful and sustainable changes in their lives. We have transformed the way we offer help by using Motivational Practice (MP) as a foundational approach to practice, which is grounded in Motivational Interviewing (MI) principles and trauma-informed practice. This means we are working more purposefully and collaboratively with our service users to help them achieve their goals.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a motivated, driven, professional workforce who are focussed on improving the life experiences of children in need, children in need of protection and Looked After Children.

A Social Work Coordinator (SWC) is a para-professional whose primary function is to provide enhanced administrative support in meeting the demands of frontline practice. This practical support is critical in ensuring the child and family social worker’s time is used to best effect in helping families to keep children safe. This requires a high level of understanding of a child and family social worker’s job in helping families to safeguard children. 

SWC are the first point of contact for the team by service users, other staff and professionals. As an experienced administrator the SWC is expected to anticipate the planning and preparation necessary ahead of the range of meetings that take place with families and professionals and be instrumental in ensuring these meetings are coordinated. The SWC is also expected to help the social workers they support stay organised in managing their workload. They manage the team calendar, which shows all meetings for the team so they will be able to help social workers prioritise their tasks, they also provide the teams performance reports to managers and workers and maintain records of workers caseloads.  

Child and family social work is dynamic and responsive to both the local and national landscape, and the SWC must be flexible also adapt to changes within the organisation and to the presenting needs of the individual team. The SWC role, as with all other roles in the Service, should engage in continuous quality improvement by always looking for ways to improve the way we work to identify gaps in systems and make improvements that will increase added value to frontline practice

The successful candidates will have the following:

  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Ability to work pro-actively to identify and meet the needs of the team
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent ICT skills
  • Good communication
  • Ability to work under pressure

For an informal discussion please contact Jaspal Ranoo on 0207 527 7381 or Rodney Gray on 0207 527 3286

Closing date: Sunday 27 May 2018 at 23:59

Interview and test date: Wednesday 13th June 2018

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This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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