The Role of the Social Worker
A social worker has a specific role and must register with
the Social Care Council in order to work as a social worker. Social
workers also have to show that they have
undertaken the required training and development. There
are some statutory tasks that only a registered social worker
employed by a local authority may undertake. These include:
- Undertaking child protection investigations.
- Undertaking initial, core, foster and adoption
- Developing and driving the Child Protection (or CIN) plan.
- Initiating legal proceedings to apply for a range of orders
including admitting children to the care system and placing them
- Developing and driving the LAC care plan, which covers all the
needs of the child including rehabilitation, his/her health,
educationand after care arrangements.
- Undertaking key worker (Lead Professional) function for LAC and
discharging the parental responsibilities in partnership with
parents depending upon the legal status of the child. This includes
primary responsibility for promoting the health, education
and welfare of the child.
- Leaving care functions.
- Independent Reviewing Officer functions.
The above is taken from Children Social Services
Index of Social Work Tasks and Responsibilities.
The Role of the Fostering Social Worker:
- Recruitment, assessment and training of new foster carers.
- Supervision, support, planned and unannounced visits, reviews
and training of existing carers.
- Preparation of reports and reassessments to the Fostering
Panel, investigations of complaints and allegations, undertaking
- Assisting children's social workers, attending reviews and
planning meetings, chairing placement agreement meetings.
- Matching and placing children.
- Assimilating and disseminating theory and practice
- Running support groups and training courses.
- Multi agency liaison.
- Managing duty, out of hours support to carers and emergency
- Dealing with placement requests and liaising with social
A Social Worker Guide to the Kent County Council Foster Care