Working as part of Children’s Services will provide a challenging and rewarding career. We have high ambitions for the children and young people of Kensington and Chelsea. We have formed a bi-borough Children’s Services team with colleagues from Westminster City Council. Our services, which include education, family services and safeguarding, have been rated Outstanding by Ofsted, and our drive to be the best doesn’t stop there. By working with us, you will have the opportunity to make a difference to young people in one of the world’s most diverse cities.
If you would like to play a part in this unique team, please take a look at the vacancies below.
Are you an experienced Children’s Social Worker with 5 years experience in the Child Protection Field? Would you like to work in an Emergency Duty Social Work service in an Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’ Family Service department?
In the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea we are looking to recruit a specialist Children’s EDT Worker for our Emergency Duty Social Work service that serves three boroughs, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham. The Children’s Team comprises of 5 Qualified Social Workers who work on a shift basis evenings and weekends.
The EDT team provides a shift of one Children’s and two AMHP adult social workers. It provides a service out of hours and covers emergencies in relation to Child Protection Adults, Older people, Mental Health. The team has been established as a three borough service since 2015. The Children’s social worker is supervised by a Children’s Deputy Team Manager. There is access to training including systemic social work training.
Please refer to the Job Description for more information.
- Must hold relevant Social Work Qualification.
- Must have a good working knowledge of issues affecting all client groups.
- Ability to work under own initiative.
- Good risk assessment skills.
- Experience of dealing with people in crisis.
- 5 years post qualification experience in children’s social work setting.
- Experience of working with Child Protection.
- Knowledge of All London Child Protection Procedures.
- Knowledge of working with adults and children under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.
- Ensure the safety to life and limb of Borough residents, in so far as the tasks needed to do so are social work and to arrange placement of vulnerable people, both adults and children.
- Undertake child protection investigations; and if necessary complete these with emergency protection orders and accommodating children.
- To ensure an “appropriate adult” service for vulnerable clients being interviewed by the police, as required by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.
- Take responsibility for ensuring the return of missing children to their placement, when they are found, in accordance with principles of good social work practice;
- Carry out other statutory duties of the Social Services Department as detailed in the Service Level Statement for the Emergency Duty Team;
- Give advice and support to other staff, foster carers and other carers in so far as this is needed and is not otherwise available outside office hours.
We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.
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We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.
RBKC is currently inclusively reviewing its pay, reward and benefits framework.
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We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.
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