. To be the allocated worker for children looked after. To deliver services which are sensitive to the needs of children, young people and families, to the highest professional standards.
- To encourage and support looked after children and leaving care young people to participate in all decision-making processes affecting their lives (according to their age and stage of development).
- To provide ongoing timely assessment, planning, implementation and review for allocated cases, working in partnership with children, young people and families, and partner agencies.
- To undertake effective analysis and management of risk for allocated children/young people, under the supervision of the team manager.
- To implement Permanency plans and maintain up to date Care or Pathway Plans.
- Work jointly with family placement colleagues in family finding and linking for permanency, and placement.
- Conduct statutory visits, reviews, Court Reports, etc. in relation to Adoption Regulations.
- Monitor and promote health, education and EET needs and any special needs, to ensure these are met and improve life chances.
- Re-assess children/young people’s needs in the light of changes in circumstances, behavior and family situation, etc. and undertake direct work with children/young people.
- To comply with the requirements of relevant legislation, guidance, and practice standards, in accordance with Children’s Social Care Policies and Procedures and OSCB Safeguarding Procedures, including statutory visiting and related recording.
- Ensure all records and information systems are kept accurate and up to date, including the inputting and updating of the Department’s computerized information systems.
- Liaise with colleagues in all teams and acceptance of cases from Family Solutions Plus teams, according to established protocols.
- To work closely with residential homes, foster carers and adopters as appropriate.
- To also work closely with health, education, Virtual School, CAHMS and other professionals to ensure all needs are met.
- Provide ongoing support to children leaving the looked after system to return home for a limited period or as part of a reunification plan, as agreed by protocols, etc.
- To develop, monitor and review the Pathway Plans to ensure needs are met.
- To provide and access various information, advice, planning and preparation, and holistic support to meet young people’s developing needs, especially in health, housing and post 16 careers.
- To ensure young people are aware of and receive their financial entitlements.
- To liaise with other agencies. To coordinate the provision of services and take reasonable steps to ensure that the young person makes use of such services
- To keep in touch with the young person and take reasonable steps to re-establish contact if this is lost.
- Keep abreast of current research and national developments.
- To take part in the team duty system/rota.
The nature of this post will require flexibility to meet urgent work needs as they arise. This will inevitably entail some work outside normal office hours