Social Worker – Camp Simcha

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Social Worker – Camp Simcha

Contract Type

Permanent

Hours

Part time

Location

London

Sector

Health & Social Care

Salary

£38,000-£40,000 full time equivalent

Closing date

14th June 2024

Hours: Part time – 30-40 hours per month

Do you want to join a warm, supportive team who are passionate about the work we do? 

Using a relationship-based practice model, the Camp Simcha social worker will primarily be responsible for undertaking Camp Simcha assessments of families whom we support. The social worker will conduct initial assessments, whereby they will meet with parents on a one-off basis and assess whether the family meet Camp Simcha’s criteria. The social worker will also conduct reviews for families who have been with the organisation for some time, to clarify circumstances. Creating an appropriate plan of support is a key part of the assessment and this may include internal support, signposting and liaising with outside agencies, as required.

The social worker will work closely with the social work manager, the head of family liaison, the head of services and family liaison officers (FLOs), who provide the day to day support to families. The social worker may co-work with the FLO for some of our more complex cases. The role also includes working alongside part of the wider Camp Simcha team.

Key Responsibilities:

• Undertake and write assessments of families within the Camp Simcha assessment framework and plan, as requested by social worker manager/line managers.

• Meet with families for assessments as required (e.g. home/office visits, remote and/or telephone meetings).

• Contribute to the delivery of highly effective plans of support for Camp Simcha families.

• Ensure, where possible, that assessments are undertaken in a sensitive, supportive and timely manner, as per Camp Simcha’s ethos and values.

• To co-work with family liaison officers on some mental health and complex cases.

• Maintain up-to-date, high quality, confidential records of family data, contributing to the overall picture of need and risk.

• Attend monthly family liaison officer meetings, contributing to the strategic direction of family intervention efforts, as appropriate.

• Proactively acquire knowledge to share with families about local resources, facilities and other sources of support available to help families, including collaborating with other organisations and signposting where appropriate.

• Take responsibility for your own professional development by actively engaging in regular supervision and appraisals and attending relevant training.

• Be committed to Camp Simcha’s core values, vision and mission.

• Be reliable and work flexibly (including early mornings, evenings and occasional weekends) to meet the needs of parents and families and attend meetings as required.

• To be able to work across the UK, on occasion, as required.

• Uphold and advocate for the charity’s statutory and legal obligations, with a particular focus on safeguarding, proficient case-note management and record keeping, confidentiality and adherence to policies.

• Dependent on Camp Simcha’s needs and social worker experience, expand responsibilities to provide supervision to family liaison officers.

• Computer literate, with experience using Outlook, Word, Excel and other databases.

• Deputise for the social worker manager.

• Assist in the implementation of policies that aim to safeguard and protect families and family liaison officers.

• Keep abreast of new and relevant legislation, guidance and regulations in order to ensure a competent level of professional knowledge.

Person Specification:

Education and Desired Experience

• Experienced social worker with relevant qualifications and registered with Social Work England.

• Competent in all areas of the Knowledge and Skills Statements for Child and Family Social Workers.

• Experience working within the charity sector

• Able to apply the principles of safeguarding in practice.

• Understands the Jewish community and current provisions for families in the community and beyond.

• Able to comfortably work across all sectors of the Jewish community including experience working with the ultra-orthodox communities.

• Qualified therapeutic background would be desirable.

• NVR trained would be desirable.

• Experience as a supervisor would be desirable.

Personal attributes:

• An excellent communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills – warm, caring and compassionate.

• Ability to work independently and take initiative, as well as working well as part of a team.

• Ability to sensitively manage difficult conversations.

• Skilled in succinct report writing with excellent literacy skills and attention to detail.

• The ability and flexibility to adapt to additional responsibilities and duties within this role.

• Willingness to challenge colleagues appropriately.

• Ability to keep information private and confidential.

• Ability to work calmly and competently under pressure.

This post may be required to carry out other reasonable duties commensurate with the grade, as 

requested by the line manager. This job description is not exhaustive and may change as the post or the needs of Camp Simcha develop.

For more information and to be personally recommended for this role please contact melissa@theworkavenue.org.uk

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