Our children's social care teams

We're looking for enthusiastic professionals to join our children's social care teams across Kent. We have vacancies in the following teams:

This team:

  • is based in Ashford
  • is made up of social workers who work alongside partners, including police, health and early help services
  • screens all referrals to Specialist Children's Services
  • decides if the threshold criteria are met for an assessment or Section 47 to be undertaken, or whether a referral to early help services or other services is more appropriate
  • holds initial strategy discussions where necessary
  • passes accepted referrals to the locally based district teams.

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Each district in Kent has at least 2 teams made up of a team manager, two senior practitioners, 4 or 5 social workers, a social work assistant and admin support.

These teams:

  • carry out children and family assessments, which may lead to a Child in Need plan, a 'step down' to early help services or no further action.
  • carry out Section 47 assessments on new referrals, and any resulting initial Child Protection Conferences.
  • initiate care proceedings where necessary.

Ongoing work to progress a Child in Need or Child Protection plan until outcomes are completed now remains with the original social worker who undertook the assessment. This is to ensure continuity for children and their families and avoid delays.

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This team:

  • begins to work with the child at the time of the first court hearing or the first review if the child is subject to a Section 20 arrangement and if it isn't planned that the child will return to their parents soon. The transfer process is planned in advance as much as possible to ensure compliance with court timescales.
  • has a significant amount of court work
  • progresses plans to adoption if appropriate
  • is responsible for children and young people until the age of 18, when a separate care leaver service offers after-care support and advice
  • works with unaccompanied asylum seeking children who are in the council's care.

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We have a Disabled Children's Team in each area, plus a countywide Sensory Team. This team:

  • has a team manager, senior practitioners and social workers, plus occupational therapists.
  • is responsible for the whole range of work with disabled children from the initial referral until the age of 18.
  • works with children who have a Child in Need Plan, a Child Protection Plan, or are going through care proceedings or adoption.
  • assesses and co-ordinates long-term support packages.

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The Adolescent Team is designed to be an outstanding service:

  • Working with a clear and transparent plan
  • Achieving sustainable change
  • Reducing the risk levels as quickly as is safely possible
  • Committing to a weekly Case Progression discussion
  • Extra visibility of the highest risk cases
  • Support and input from peers, managers and expert practitioners
  • A clear direction and transparent plan for all cases
  • Focusing on reducing the need for young people to enter care

The work is high paced, focused and designed to effect change in short timescales with a team of practitioners who work closely together to enable sustainable change

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  • Supervise and support a wide range of approved fostering families, individuals, couples and families with children to care for individual children and sibling groups from 0 to 18 years old
  • Effective emotional and practical support with one to one supervision to the foster carer, and facilitating support groups
  • Run a duty system to find suitable matched placements for children and work closely with colleagues from other teams
  • Support the foster carers own children, and the children in foster care to express their wishes and views
  • Support carers though career development and to contribute effectively to the child’s care planning
  • Comprehensive report writing for foster carer annual reviews, Child in Care reviews, supervision visits and panel reports
  • Attend professional meetings to ensure quality outcomes for children and effective support for foster carers
  • Comprehensive recording on electronic IT systems

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