Social Work Assistant


£18,000 - £21,000 per annum

Full time

This role is an integral part of the assessment team, working alongside Social Workers, the intervention and therapy team, and the teams in the houses by providing support in the provision of family assessments.

The main duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing picture based summaries to complement written summaries, sourcing resources for supporting placements where there are identified learning needs

  • Reviewing and downloading footage as directed by the allocated assessing Social Worker

  • Co-leading Weekly Progress Meetings (WPM) and completing minutes including parents’ views. (The assessing Social Worker to be responsible for sharing the WPM document prior to the meeting)

  • Co-leading Keep Safe sessions and documenting content

  • 1:1 intervention sessions based on evidence based practice, e.g. Wait Watch Wonder, or Terrific Toddlers, under supervision of a member of the Therapy Team

  • Reading core documents, completing background, placement planning and placement agreement

  • Writing guidance documents and distributing

  • Attending Case Mapping, group supervision and training, as well as independently pursuing own CPD

  • Attending internal and external review meetings

  • Preparing report writing templates, in consultation with the assessing Social Worker

  • Formatting, proof reading and distribution of Court filed documents, in consultation with the assessing Social Worker

  • Managing contacts practicalities and supervising/writing up meetings when required

  • Booking appointments in the diary, ensuring meetings are planned and all parties are aware, in consultation with the assessing Social Worker

  • Work closely alongside the assessing Social Worker to ensure weekly progress summaries are up to date

This is a full time role working flexibly in response to service need. Core hours are Monday to Friday for three weeks in every four weeks. Social Work Assistants are required to work directly in the houses alongside the children and families for one weekend in four (with associated days off in the forth week).

You will need relevant experience of working with children and families and must be committed and able to forge strong professional relationships with colleagues and other professionals.

This post would be suitable for an assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) or a newly qualified Social Worker.

How to apply

For further information or an informal chat contact us here or phone Fiona Barker on 01823 351 785.

To apply, please see the applicant letter, job description & person specification, Safeguarding Policy and complete an application form.

Please note we require a full application to be completed, even if you have sent us a CV and a covering letter.

Orchard House is committed to safeguarding children and promoting the welfare of children and their families. These posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.


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If you have any queries with regards to this, please write to the Human Resources Departments, Orchard House Family Assessment Centre, 60 Staplegrove Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1DJ.