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CV, UK Based Social Worker Seeking Relocation To Australia

I am currently available for work
Serial No: 35520
(29/09/1962, female)
List top 5 skills: adults, assessments, children and families, social work
Short Bio:

I was born in South Africa and moved to the UK in 1999. I've qualified in the UK as a Social Worker. My experience ranges from children to families, working with children in need, child protection and looked after children. I've also worked within adults and adults with learning disabilities. I've worked in the UK and South Africa, providing me with a variety of experience and working with different cultures and ethnicities. I'm a very good team player and bring positivity to any team.

Current location: 

BA1 7 RL - View on map

Nationality: 

British

Preferred Sector of Employment: 

Medical and Nursing, other

Spoken languages: 

Afrikaans and English

Locations I am interested in working:

Australia



Qualifications

March 1996 Baccalaureus Societatis Scientiae (South Africa)
Majors: Criminology and Sociology

January 2005 Diploma in Social Work (United Kingdom)

September 2006 Post-Qualifying Social Work Practice
University of Gloucestershire

Additional Courses Completed

Course/ Date/ United Kingdom or South Africa

Child Sexual Exploitation April 2015 Swindon Borough Council

Understanding Attachment May 2015 Swindon Borough Council

Solution Focussed Approach June 2015 Swindon Borough Council

Working with Families – Framework of Good Practice October 2015 Swindon Borough Council

Information Sharing October 2015 Swindon Borough Council

Public Law Outcome February 2014 Cumbria County Council

Analysis & Critical Thinking in Assessment January 2013 (1 day)  Cumbria County Council

Communicating with Children January 2013 (1 day) Cumbria County Council

Child Victims of Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Perpetrators March 2012 (1 day) Child Welfare South Africa

Restorative Discipline For Professionals Working with Children and Youth July 2012 (1 day) University of the Free State South Africa

Socio-Emotional Assessment of Children, Holistic Assessment of the Childs World September 2011 (3 weeks) Forensic Assessment Consultation Training South Africa

Circle of Courage September 2011 (1 day) Department of Education, South Africa

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy October 2011 (1 da) South Africa

Coping with troubled youth May 2010 (1 day) Department of Education, South Africa

Creative Play Therapy Workshop August 2010 (2 days) South Africa

Norms, Standards and Practice Guidelines for the Child and Youth Care Centers November 2010 (1 day) Free State Youth Care Centre, South Africa

Joint Investigation Training (6 days) Wiltshire, UK

Foster Care Training(4 days) Swindon, UK

Cognitive Therapy( 4 days) Swindon, UK

Working with children that had sexually been abused (2 days) Swindon, UK

Child Protection Legislation (1 day) Swindon, UK

Managing difficult behaviour (1 day) UK

Working with children and families with HIV (1 day)  Wiltshire, UK

Working with Ethnic Minority Groups (1 day)  UK

Framework for assessment training (1 day) UK

 

IT Skills

SWIFT

Capital One – ICS

Liquid Logic

MS Office – Word and Excell

Touch Typing

 

Employment History

Swindon Borough Council
Children’s Localities North Team
March 2015 – 13th November 2015

Qualified Social Worker – Locum

I worked with Child in Need, section 17, Children Act 1989, chairing the Child in Need meetings.

I’ve worked with Child Protection, outcome of Section 47, Children Act 1989. Completing Statutory Assessments, working with Multi-agencies and chairing Core Groups, making sure that the Child Protection Plan is adhere to.

I’ve worked with PLO, from requesting Legal Planning Meetings, to inviting the parents to the Public Law Outline Meeting.

I’ve complete statutory visits, announced, unannounced making sure that the child has been seen alone and spoken to, making sure that the wishes, feelings and voice of child is clearly noted.

I’ve worked with Looked after Children under section 20, Children Act 1989. Including completing the matching of placement and following all Legal Statutory visits and meetings.

I’ve worked in a multi-disciplinary manner, along with Education, SENCO, Safeguarding, Health Visitors, School Nurses, MARP, MASH and Community Paediatricians.

I’ve worked with children/teenagers at risk of sexual exploitation, missing and having drug dependency. This work is done alongside U-Turn, CRI and Youth Support Workers.

I’ve worked with parents who are drug dependent, assessing their ability to keep their children safe and parent in a manner that is not putting their child/children at any risk.

 

Wiltshire County Council
Children’s Safeguarding & Assessment Team
October 2014 – March 2015

Qualified Social Worker – Locum

 

Cumbria County Council
Carlisle Children and Family Support Team
October 2013 – August 2014

Enhanced Social Worker

I worked to improve outcomes for Children and Young People in Cumbria by listening to the voice of the child, young person and their families, understanding their needs and working together to agree how these needs will be met with the right help and support.

I worked as a highly capable practitioner assessing and delivering care and support services to complex and high risk cases.

I undertake complex assessments using the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families, and have in depth knowledge of Children’s Assessment and Case Management Process and outcome based planning, which are needs led.

I’ve chaired Child in Need meetings and been the lead professional in Child Protection Conferences.

I’ve put together, needs led plans for children and their families.

I work effectively in a multi-agency context with internal and external colleagues on a day to day basis, sharing and co-ordinating resources.

I keep appropriate records that describe and support an analysis of the child’s experience that clearly identify the child’s voice and demonstrate evidence based practice.

I’ve been part of an interview panel.

I’ve worked with homeless young people, securing them in a supportive living.

I’ve worked with looked after children and them being placed back home.

I’ve done risk assessments with children and families.

I wrote Section 7 Court Reports and has experience of witnessing in court.

I conduct my work in accordance with Social Work Core Values, Children’s Services policies and procedures and the Council’s core values and corporate standards, including anti-oppressive and anti-discriminating practice.

I travel in and around the county as part of my duty.

I work alongside colleagues and engage in peer support.

I have experience of mentoring and guiding less experienced colleagues and students.

 

Free State Care in Action, NGO (Non Government Organization), South Africa
Children and Families Team
May 2011 – May 2013

Social Worker

Case load of 200+

Working with children and families from different ethnicities with poverty, alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence and HIV

Legislation work in the field, when needed removing children that’s neglected or abused according to the new Children’s of Act 38 0f 2005, South Africa

Child assessment according to the Socio-Emotional Assessment which is a holistic approach to the child’s world

Renewing orders of children placed in foster and or kinship care

Renewing orders of children who will continue with education after age 18 years

Opening and finalizing cases in Children’s Court

Worked closely with foster carers

Did projects for Foster Carers and Children placed in safety

Did early intervention work

Duty at intake desk

Working supportive and early intervention with both children and parents on relationship problems, going through a divorced and being abused.

 

Children’s Home and Youth Care Therapeutic Centre
NGO (Non-Government Organization), South Africa
August 2010 – April 2011

Social Worker

Case load of 50+ children

Working therapeutic with children that had been placed in this Children’s Home

Assessing the children and working accordingly to the outcome of this assessment

Used Creative Play Therapy to support the children

Involved in projects with the children

Liaised with education, making sure that the children’s needs had been met in their educational development

 

KMD,NGO
(Non-Government Organization), South Africa
Children and Families
March 2010 – July 2010

Social Worker – standing in for maternity leave

Case load 200+

Worked with children, families and foster carers

Applying the Children’s Act in South Africa

Attending Court with opening and finalization of cases

 

North Devon, Devon County Council
Community Adults with Learning Disabilities
November 2007 – November 2009

Social Worker

Worked with adults age 18 and older who qualified under the FACS criteria

First point of contact with adults with learning disabilities and their families

Worked within a multi-discipline team, including Nurses, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Speech Therapists, Physiotherapist and General Practitioners

Worked within the legal, government and local policy, Valuing People and Valuing People now

Worked with a centre person plan, after completing the overview assessment.

Worked alongside solicitors to prepare court reports

Worked with attempted suicide victims and their families

 

Swindon Borough Council
Department of Adult Care, Review Team
May 2005 – June 2007

Social Worker

Reviewed care packages according to FACS criteria

Worked within a multi-disciplinary team

Completing assessments

Setting up care packages

Arranging respite

Completing carers assessments

 

Swindon Borough Council
Department of Children and Families Referral Team
November 2005 – August 2006

Social Worker

Worked with Section 17 referrals

Worked with teenagers and obesity

Worked in a multi-disciplinary team

Attending Core Group meetings, child protection conferences and involvement in Section 47 Child Protection cases

 

Wiltshire County Council, Wootten Basset
Children and Families
September 2004 – April 2005

Student Social Worker then Qualified Social Worker

Managed Duty calls, including emergency referrals, telephonic referrals and 1:1 support and referrals

Did initial and core assessment by using DoH’s Framework for Assessments

Worked on a weekly basis with a family whose child is on CPR

Attending Core Group meetings, child protection conferences and involvement in Section 47 Child Protection cases

Presided over PAM (Plan and Action Meetings) which involved families and other professionals

Presenting Social Services in a multi disciplinary meeting, example Education

Completed Foster Care Placements and Schedule 2 Reports for step-parent adoption application

Worked with a range of families presenting domestic violence, ADHD, mental health issues and Schedule 1 offenders

Organised and supervised arranged supervised contact

Managed own case load