Senior Practitioner Social Worker job in London at Tavistock And Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Senior Practitioner Social Worker

Company: Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Location: London UK

Date Posted:Apr 24, 2018

A Family Drug and Alcohol Court is an innovative approach to the problem of parental substance misuse (drugs or alcohol) which is having a negative impact on parenting capacity.The FDAC is based on a model now being widely used across the USA, which is an exciting way of trying to break the destructive cycle of substance misuse through generations. The London FDAC has been running for 7 years.  Independent research suggest that this model is successful in getting parents to engage with and stay in substance misuse services leading to more children being able to return home. Where parents do not engage and children cannot return home, quicker decisions are made about permanent placements for them.This team in Kent and Medway, has been running since 2015 and is a specialist court operating within the framework of care proceedings. The specialist FDAC team (which includes substance misuse practitioners,  children and family social workers, a domestic violence specialist and child and adult mental health expertise) will be attached to the court. It will advise the court and link the parents into relevant local services. The emphasis is on working with the parent and child to give them the best possible chance of recovery and staying together.  The role is to provide social work expertise at senior practitioner level, to the multidisciplinary assessment of families and parents referred to the service. The role will include rapid and then ongoing assessment of parents,  their parenting capacity, risk, their willingness and capacity to engage in therapeutic work, while maintaining focus on the safety of the children. The post holder will contribute to the multidisciplinary formulation of an intervention plan and work with team members to mobilise and co-ordinate existing local authority, NHS and independent sector resources to meet the needs of the care plan and provide where appropriate evidence based nursing interventions in community based settings.The post holder will take a lead on providing professional advice within the FDAC team, develop clear pathways of care and support for families affected by parental substance misuse in order to promote and improve the well-being of parents, children and young people. The post holder will be required to write and present reports in an authoritative manner in the FDAC problem-solving court on a very regular basis, and other Multidisciplinary and Multi-agency settings work with autonomy but equally closely with FDAC colleagues. The post holder will be expected to contribute to and take part in of the evaluation of the service.This advert closes on Monday 7 May 2018 View full job description
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