Pertemps are currently recruiting for a Specialist Safeguarding Senior Practitioner for our client in Stafford.
Working hours are Monday to Friday 08:30 – 17:00 £21.75 per hour with an increase per hour after 12 weeks.
Must have an enhanced DBS check and 2 years referencing.
As a Specialist Safeguarding Senior Practitioner you will carry out a range of social work tasks as allocated by the Strategic Safeguarding Manager and working closely alongside the CSE Coordinator.
Key tasks of the role and service will include:
- Support the management of the Temporary/Transfer Child Protection Plans on a weekly basis.
- Complete Child Protection statutory visits for the specialist safeguarding units on behalf of the other Local Authority that have requested assistance from Staffordshire for a safe and well visit. Ensure that visits are recorded in a timely fashion and shared with the other Local Authority.
- Support area team based social workers to provide a professional social work response to cases where cross border matters require the intervention of the LA.
- Promote the efficiency of timely requests for Initial Health Assessments (IHAs) for children who have become Looked After and ensure that they have been requested using an effective tracking system.
- Support the Specialist Safeguarding Manager with the Local Authorities response to Serious Case Reviews, i.e. provided evidence relating to lessons learnt and identified areas for improvement.
- Support the Specialist Safeguarding Manager with the Local Authority’s response to CP-IS (Child Protection Information Sharing NHS England initiative) notifications.
- Support the development of policies and procedures in existing and emerging areas of social work practice, working closely alongside the Specialist Safeguarding Manager. This will include the development of good practice guides and the awareness of these.
- Support the management of the CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation) Panels working closely alongside the CSE Coordinator by providing advice, support and guidance to practitioners in the Authority regarding CSE.
- Providing advice, guidance and support to the First Response Team regarding any new referrals in respect of CSE to ensure expert advice is provided at an early point.
- Will work collaboratively with other agencies to ensure the safeguarding of children and young people who are being, or are at risk being sexually exploited.
- Support the responsibility for the ongoing raising awareness in relation grooming and early identification, the issue of consent and healthy relationships, child sexual exploitation and the association of warning signs both internally within the Authority and externally with outside agencies/partners.
- Support the CSE Coordinator with ensuring that the CSE Panels request that the concerns relating to CSE and any appropriate follow up actions are incorporated within any CIN, CP,LAC and Pathway plans.
- Support the CSE Coordinator to ensure that CSE panel minutes are recorded in a timely manner with the agreed timescale of 7 days following the panel.
- Support the CSE Coordinator to ensure that actions are provided to practitioners following the panel if they have not been in attendance.
- Participate in regular supervision or consultation with the Team Manager and ensure that they that are always made aware of any safeguarding concerns regarding the services.
- Participating in the formulation of new initiatives, and policy across the Directorate as appropriate.
- Attending and contributing to training courses as agreed with line management and to ensure personal development is maintained in accordance with the requirements of the Health and Care Professionals Council.
- Supervising and supporting the professional development of social work students and non-social work qualified staff on the team when required.
- Developing good working relationships with other agencies and other colleagues in the Directorate.
- Ensure the County Council’s Human Resources policies and procedures are adhered to including attendance management, whistle blowing, bullying and harassment, grievances, capability and disciplinary issues.
- Ensuring that the area of service is underpinned by adherence to the County Councils and statutory equality policies and gives due attention to issues of diversity.
- Develop and maintain effective and positive partnership arrangements with internal and external partners.
- Undertake any other reasonable duties commensurate with the grade and nature of the post.
Professional Social Work qualification (DIP SW, CQSW,CSS) or other Social Work qualification where certified by the HCPC
Registration with the HCPC
Evidence that a wide range of training has been accessed during qualification
Knowledge and Experience
- 2 years post qualification experience (3 years adoption practice)
- Relevant training and experience in safeguarding
- Experience in a wide range of aspect of the social work role
- Understanding the key pieces of legislation in place in respect of children’s welfare and safeguarding
- Understanding of the “Assessment Framework”
- A clear understanding of “Working Together to Safeguard Children”, “Care Matters” and “Care Planning Regulations”
- Understanding the structures and systems in place which provide the framework for undertaking all relevant duties
- Understanding the effects of problematic situations experienced by the children and families with whom we work
- Knowledge of family dynamics and effect on children’s lives
- Knowledge of the effects of disability and chronic illness on children and families
If you feel you meet the specified requirements please contact Ella at Pertemps Tamworth.
If you do not hear back within Ten working days, unfortunately you have not been successful with your application.