As a member of the Assessment Team you will be working with children from pre-birth to 18, in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
Each quadrant has a number of small assessment teams, made up of statutory social workers, a family support worker and a youth support practitioner. Our practice across the whole service is based upon consent, strong relationships with families and with partners who are also supporting our families.
The first contact any family or professional has with our assessment service sets the tone for our entire working relationship with them.
Our approach with families
Using motivational approaches the assessment social worker engages with both the family and the network supporting them to understand the presenting worries and work out whether a statutory social work service is required. If not, a plan to support the family at a lower level of need will be put in place to meet the need of the child and family.
It is important that from the first engagement with a new family the Assessment Service is thinking ahead to the next step for that child. Our teams create support around each child to either resolve family problems without statutory support or, when there is potential that the child will be harmed in their family, that they are thinking about the best next steps to arrive at permanency for that child.
The team is supported by strong management, regular supervision and a culture of learning and development, with opportunities to access a range of training activities.