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Great Ormond Street Hospital

Social Worker

Job Type

Fixed term: 12 months


Social work



£42,471 - £50,364

Posted Date

12 January 2024

Great Ormond Street Hospital

Closing Date

25 January 2024

Social Workers at GOSH work deliver a non-statutory service but work with patients on a range of statutory plans i.e. child in need and child protection and those who are looked after.

The role entails extensive liaison with Local Authorities and outside agencies and you are required to regularly give expert advice to colleagues on complex safeguarding issues and offer consultations about statutory thresholds and when to refer. There are also opportunities to both develop and deliver training on Safeguarding to the wider Trust.

Main duties of the job
Additional key areas of work include supporting families to access community services, to assist with timely discharge of patients and working alongside the Safeguarding Doctor and Nurses to manage concerns of possible non accidental injury, missed appointments, and perplexing health presentations.

Social workers are allocated to a small number of specialisms, and also act as Duty Social worker on a rotational basis. At present, there is a mixture of on site and home working which is likely to continue. Staff are expected to work on site whenever the service needs it however.

You will need well developed skills in assessing children and family’s needs holistically and have confidence to advocate in multidisciplinary settings for consideration of wider social needs.

Social Workers also provide Level 2 and 3 Safeguarding training to the wider trust and facilitate safeguarding training to clinicians.

If you have experience of working with children and families with additional health needs, and if you have good written and verbal communication skills, with a strong commitment to providing excellent support to patients then we would like to hear from you.

Working for our organisation
GOSH is committed to recruiting the best person for the job, based solely on their ability and individual merit as measured against the criteria for the role; through a process that is fair, open, consistent and free from bias and discrimination.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer and foster a culture where all staff are valued, respected and acknowledged. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, disability status or length of time spent unemployed.

We particularly welcome applications from BAME communities, people with disabilities and/or long-term health conditions and LGBT+ community members.

We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants and employees are treated fairly and consistently. We are proud to be accredited as a Disability Confident Employer, a member of Business Disability Forum and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

We have active and Executive supported BAME, LGBT+ and Allies, Disability and Long-Term Health Conditions and Women’s staff networks. Staff networks are employee-led groups formed around interests, issues and a common bond or background. Staff network members create a positive and inclusive work environment at Great Ormond Street Hospital by actively contributing to the Trust’s mission, values and efforts specific to inclusion. All of our staff networks are open to any employee.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities
The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attachment/s below.

Person specification
Our Always Values
Essential criteria
GOSH Values
Education and Qualifications
Essential criteria
Degree or Diploma in social work or equivalent qualification
Social Work England registration
Satisfactory Disclosure & Barring certificate

Skills and abilities
Essential criteria
- Ability to undertake assessments of children and young people in the context of their family circumstances and make assessments of a child’s needs and risks to their wellbeing
- Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships at all levels internally and externally in order to influence and get things done
- Collaborative approach demonstrating mutual trust and support, within the council, Great Ormond Street - - Foundation Trust and with partners facilitating integrated working
- Ability to take responsibility for own work, consistently achieving and delivering to time, and quality despite tight timescales and conflicting priorities
- Good negotiation and influencing skills and ability to deal with conflict, hostility and vulnerability
- IT literate with good written and verbal communication skills
- Awareness of role in multi-disciplinary setting and able to focus on internal and external customers, being innovative and creative, open to ideas and challenge and committed to individual learning and development
- Able to establish positive and effective working relationships with children, young people and families to ascertain their wishes and engage them in decision making processes
- Ability to represent social issues in a multi-disciplinary team
- Ability to function confidently within the group model multi-disciplinary team, and to cope positively with interdisciplinary conflict

Desirable criteria
- Experience of working with children and families facing terminal illness
- Skills in communicating knowledge and an interest in supporting the safeguarding training and supervision objectives within the hospital

Knowledge and Experience
Essential criteria
- Sound knowledge of the legislative framework relating to children particularly the Children Act 1989, Children’s Act 2004, Children & Families Act 2014 and other relevant legislation
- Familiarity with Working Together 2015 and Pan London Child Protection Procedures
- Good working knowledge of local authorities processes in relation to MASH, assessment processes and the role of Early Help Services
- Basic awareness of the broad categories of services and resources available to children and families, and the use of those resources to meet identified needs
- Sound knowledge and understanding of the impact of illness, disability and bereavement on children and families
- Knowledge and understanding of the pressures faced by families with children living in poverty and socially and economically deprived neighbourhoods and the impact on outcomes for children and young people
- Understanding of the particular difficulties faced by children and young people with mild to moderate learning disabilities, mental health difficulties
- Detailed understanding of the different types of child abuse and the impact on children and young people’s development
- Detailed knowledge of the range of professionals involved in meeting children’s needs across Health, Education and Social Care
- Some awareness of Fabricated or induced illness is desirable
- Ability to assess individual needs and/or risk; of designing and implementing care/protection plans; or monitoring and reviewing such plans over a period of time

Desirable criteria
- Experience of working with vulnerable adults
- Experience of working with children and families in culturally diverse, multi-lingual, urban community is desirable
- Experience of working with children with disabilities/complex health needs
- Some awareness of Fabricated or induced illness is desirable

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