Panel: @mamiddau and @profsocialwork
Position: @Obi1 is apply for the position of Children’s #SocialWorker within a local authority/statutory setting. The area of practice will focus on initial response and assessment. Myself and @Mamiddau have focused our questions with this in mind. We have asked ten questions between us to ensure inclusion of law, policy, social work process and knowledge as well as person specific criteria.
Commentary: Very good answer and of course we are doing this via twitter so everything is 140 characters… so difficult to fit everything in however for the real life or face to face encounter remember to highlight all of your previous experiences and link those experiences to your skills, ability and knowledge.
Here is an opportunity to highlight your soft skills (active listening, thinking, empathy, reflection, etc.) as well as more formal knowledge such as social work process and legislation.
Commentary: Great answer and answered in full. But why not dazzle them with a little bit more for example add:
The “Every Child Matters” green paper published in 2003 alongside Government’s response to Lord Laming’s Report into the death of Victoria Climbié not only aim to protect children but also to maximise the opportunities open to young people to improve their life chances and fulfil their potential.
Adding that little bit extra can make all the difference between one job seeker and another.
Commentary: Great answer all the key factors.
An added note: You are referring to the Assessment Triangle, you know this and I know this and the person interviewing you knows this! However you do have to name it explicitly. Think of it as them not knowing anything and for this hour it is your mission to inform them in all things #SocialWork.
It would also be useful to mention the tier system this can be found in the CAF documentation.
Further reading: Framework for the assessment of children in need and their families
Prof: Child protection SW is undergoing changes at the moment how is the Munro review helping us consider risk in a different way? #swscmedia
@ProfSocialWork shape services provided, early intervention..
Commentary: Very good points regarding timescales being scraped and Munro moving towards a culture of on-going assessment as well as giving practitioners more freedom. This combined with Munro advocating for a learning culture as opposed to a defensive culture is essential to mention.
Another very important point is that Munro has also advocated for a move from a “risk averse” outlook to a “risk sensible” approach.
Some key points from the report to put things in context:
- There is no option of being risk averse since there is no “100% safe” option.
- In reality, risk averse practice usually entails displacing the risk onto someone else.
- Even if every child who was considered or suspected to be suffering harm was removed from their birth family, that would only incur different risks.
- The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has recently grappled with this issue and drawn up a list of organisational ‘Risk Principles’ to inform officers’ thinking. Adapted by the review for those who work in child protection: 10 Principles to be Risk Sensible.
Commentary: Giving examples of how you have helped colleagues in the past would be very helpful. Often in interviews examples help the interviewer get a better sense of who you are as a person. Also, being a team player is essential in #SocialWork.
Prof: How does the law define significant harm? #SWSCmedia cc@mamiddau
Commentary: You may also want to highlight that significant harm has been extended to including witnessing Domestic Violence.
“The Adoption and Children Act 2002 broadens the definition of Significant Harm to include the emotional harm suffered by those children who witness domestic violence or are aware of domestic violence within their home environment.”
Further reading: Significant Harm broadened definition
Commentary: It may be important to speak about having emotional resilience and the ability to face difficult decisions with the ability to ‘bounce back’.
Prof: Working with DV cases what are some of the fundamental issues to consider as a SW #swscmedia
Commentary: Majority of referrals coming through A&R teams are Domestic Violence you may want to speak about power differences between victim and perpetrator and also highlight classic problems when managing these cases including:
– Minimising; Denial; understanding the links between child abuse, animal abuse and domestic violence
Prof: Final Q from me, name one of your weaknesses and one strengths #swscmedia
Commentary: Think of a good weakness answer that you can live with… I have never had an interview without the ‘weakness question’ it’s a classic.
@McLikey @ProfSocialWork @mamiddau #swscmedia TY good to know, it was very useful practice & had some great q from both interviewers..
Hours after the Mock Interview….
Important Selection Panel announcement: After hours of thought and seeing hundreds of candidates via twitter the Mock Interview Panel contacted @Obi1_ via Twitter to confirm her Successful Interview @Obi1 will soon be starting her New Role … 😉
Good Luck for your interview @Obi1_
We would like to thank @ProfSocialWork for organising and conducting this mock interview and for writing this insightful and well informed blog.