Social Worker - Assessment & Intervention Team

Posted 31 August 2023
Salary £39000 - £53000 per annum + Additional Benefits
LocationWest Sussex
Job type Permanent
Discipline Social Work
Contact NameAdam Smith

Job description

The Role

A Local Authority in West Sussex is looking for a Social Worker to join their Assessment and Intervention Service.

This is for a full-time, permanent position.

The Assessment and Intervention team will support the delivery of the Family Safeguarding Model.

The Assessment and Intervention service is a fast paced, busy and supportive duty team completing child and family assessments, Section 47 enquiries, Child Protection and Child in Need work whilst planning for permanence from day one. Assessment and Intervention is at the forefront of producing the best outcomes for children, ensuring they are safe, with specialist social workers focussing on clear plans and interventions with families. This team ensures a strong link with their Early Help colleagues to promote local community support for children and families when social care no longer needs to be involved.

This Local Authority is committed to improving their services for the children and families and currently in a key time in their improvement journey. This journey includes establishing a new and experienced senior leadership team, driving their 'Children First' improvement plan and implementing the Family Safeguarding Practice Model.


  • Up to 29 days Annual Leave.
  • Option to buy up to 3 additional days.
  • Hybrid Working.
  • An Excellent Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Training and Development Opportunities, including Coaching and Mentoring
  • A minimum of 5 CPD and Training days per year.
  • Access to Excellent Learning and Development Provisions such as Research in Practice and Community Care Inform.
  • Social Work England Fees Paid.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Analyse and interpret complex information and data, prioritise needs and formulate plans for intervention and service provision.
  • Work proactively as a member of the team to make accurate assessments of needs and negotiate and implement effective outcomes.
  • Work in partnership with carers, colleagues and external agencies to deliver an effective service.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral format, including the ability to explain complicated information to a wide range of people and use negotiation and persuasion skills to encourage others to adopt a course of action they may not wish to take.
  • Deliver first class support to vulnerable children and their families.
  • To be emotionally intelligent, organised, resilient individuals who can evidence the value they could add to our team.
  • Recognise limits of own accountability and responsibility and seek appropriate support, advice and supervision.
  • Forming effective working relationships with individuals and colleagues, focusing on the needs and handling conflict and disagreement.
  • effectively coaching and supervising others, acting as practice role model and promoting exemplary practice.
  • Managing levels of risk within a caseload of complex cases.
  • Readiness to work towards Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) qualification at Stage one or equivalent.
  • To be a motivated and professional Social Worker willing to be part of an ambitious improvement plan and make a significant difference to children and families in local area.

Skills and Qualifications Required:

  • A Recognised Social Work qualification (Degree/DipSW/CQSW/CSS or equivalent).
  • A valid registration with Social Work England Registration.
  • At least 2 years' experience working in the UK within Frontline Operational Practice.
  • Knowledge of theoretical Social Work concepts and practices, with demonstrable examples of dealing with a breadth of complex issues and situations, for example, attachment, impact of developmental trauma and child development, motivational interviewing, relational practice, solution-focussed interventions and systemic working.
  • A good understanding of anti-oppressive, anti-discriminatory and anti-racist practice in social work.
  • Valid, full driving licence.


West Sussex


£39,837 - £52,368.

Please follow the instructions on the website, or alternatively contact Adam Smith on 07442 576 906 for more information and please be sure to leave your contact details.

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