Social Worker needed at Gaddum!



Social Worker:  Children and Families Paediatric Palliative   Care and Bereavement Services

Job Description

Job Title:  Social Worker  

Responsible to: Chief Executive 

Reporting to: Director of Therapeutic Services

Salary: £24,500  Depending on experience 

Working hours: 35 hours per week. Some evening and weekend work may be necessary.  No overtime will be paid but time off in lieu can be arranged

Location: Gaddum Centre & community locations which will include schools, family homes and medical settings.

Job Summary: 
To work as a member of Gaddum Centre’s Therapeutic Services which includes counsellors, social workers and play therapists. You will manage your own caseload and will need to travel throughout Greater Manchester as required.

Job Purpose:
To provide case work support to families caring for a child with a life limiting or life threatening condition and a therapeutic service for children and young people who have become stuck in their grieving process following the bereavement of a significant other. This will include one to one, couples and group work with adults and children. Effective working relationships with parents, carers and other professionals is a crucial element of the role.

Main Duties and responsibilities:

  • To be accountable to The Director of Therapeutic Services
  • Provide an initial point of contact for families and professionals considering a referral to the service or requesting advice and guidance.
  • Work in partnership with families to make an assessment of social and emotional need. 
  • To provide a range of approaches and skills to support families from the point of the child’s diagnosis through to bereavement.
  • Maintain case records, monitor and evaluate your work in line with the organisations processes and protocols.
  • Undertake regular reviews with family members and other professional as appropriate.
  • Ensure effective liaison with other professionals. 
  • Contribute to the organisation’s training programme.
  • Support the development of trainee social workers and counsellors whilst on placement in the organisation.
  • To prepare reports for and attend reviews in educational, health or social care settings, including application for financial support from trust administered by Gaddum Centre.
  • Work to Gaddum Centre policies and procedures, specifically Health and Safety, Equality and Diversity, Confidentiality and Data Protection.
  • Ensure Safeguarding procedures are carried out in line with relevant legislation and Local Authority requirements.

Additional Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Promote the work of Gaddum Centre and safeguard its good name and reputation at every opportunity  
  • Encourage clients to be aware of the full extent of Gaddum Centre’s services
  • Promote Gaddum Centre events and activities 
  • Representation of Therapeutic Services at events as requested
  • Maintain relevant CPD
  • Contribute to the development and sustainability of Gaddum Centre and its’ projects


The details contained in this job description, particularly the principal accountabilities, reflect the content of the job at the date the job description was prepared.  It should be remembered, however, that it is inevitable that over time, the nature of individual jobs will change; existing duties may be lost and other duties may be gained without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility entailed.  Consequently this job description may be revised from time to time.