Qualified Social Worker – Fostering Service

Job specification

Location:
Swindon
Hours:
37 - happy to talk flexible working
Salary:
£32,231 to £36,476 p.a. dependent on experience
Closing date:
13/06/2021
Job reference:
005055
Date posted:
24/05/2021
Join Swindon and make a difference for children and their families.

There has never been a better time to join our Children’s Services teams as following a recent inspection, we have been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted (July 2019).

About Us

We are looking for an enthusiastic and passionate Supervising Social Worker to join our experienced and successful team that is reflective and creative in practice. Working collaboratively with all stakeholders you will strive to ensure that the children and young people in our care reach their full potential.

We are looking for committed social care professionals with a sound knowledge of fostering legislation and practice issues who will be able to continue to deliver the same high standards of service. You will:

Support the organisation in ensuring that the service is run in line with the Government Legislation, Regulations and Standards.

Represent Swindon Borough Council’s Fostering Vision and Values, whilst developing and providing a comprehensive and flexible social work service to all stakeholders.

Have a relevant professional qualification in social work, be HCPC (or equivalent) registered and have substantial experience of foster care practice including the assessment of potential foster carers or supervision of foster carers. 

Have a good knowledge of fostering regulations, child care law and safeguarding issues is essential, as is the ability to make objective professional assessments of children or young people.

Be a strong team player and be able to demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills. 

Ofsted recognised that the quality of leadership and management at all levels is an emerging key strength for us here at Swindon and our permanent senior leadership team is ambitious, energetic and assured in the oversight and delivery of services to children and their families.

Our quality of services has significantly improved over the last 12 months but we are not complacent and our transformation journey will continue, to ensure children receive a consistently good service every day. 

That means that we are continuing to heavily invest in our Children’s Services teams & in you- through a reduction in caseloads and fostering a culture of learning and challenge, to include the launch of our Social Care & Leadership academy, giving you opportunities and support to develop your career. 

The improvements include:

•    Multi-million pound investment into Children’s Services at a time when authorities all over the country are cutting budgets.
•    Significant restructure creating smaller social worker teams with better supervision, smaller case loads, and more opportunity for CPD
•    Developed an exciting learning and development programme based on outcome focused practice, risk assessment, permanency planning and developing supervision skills, to support our Social Workers to be the best they can be.
•    New intuitive IT system to cut down on desk time and make mobile working the norm
•    A separate Children Looked After team to make sure we provide the best service for children in care.

Our offer to you:

•    £3000 “golden hello” payment after 1 years’ service
•    Retention payments of £2000 after completing 2 years’ service and a further £2000 after 3 years’ service
•    Relocation allowance of up to £8,000 (eligibility criteria)
•    Competitive salaries
•    Free car parking at our central Swindon campus
•    A career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme
•    25 days holiday (plus bank holidays) rising to 31 days after 10 years’ service
•    Leisure and Legal Services discounts
•    Eating Out, Shopping and Entertainment discounts
•    “Happy to talk Flexible working”

About You

Your aspirations should be limitless and you will be as determined and passionate about Children’s Services as we are. As a local authority we will continuously drive forward improvements in our services and we want our Social Workers to be part of our transformation, contribute to improving the safeguarding of our children, and we will make sure you have the full support network and training to do it.

Our teams are ambitious and proactive and we are looking for people who will share that ambition and be a part of our journey.

Candidates must be fluent in the English language (as a requirement of Part 7 of the Immigration Act – for the effective performance of a customer-facing role).

Our commitment to your development
We are dedicated to ensuring that you can progress your continued professional development and access training and learning opportunities linked to the BASW competencies for career progression.

We have launched the Social Work & Leadership Academy. The Academy has been created to celebrate the best in professional practice in Social Work and Social Care Leadership. The Academy represents an opportunity for Swindon Borough Council to demonstrate how we support, develop and value the professional disciplines in Social Work and Social Care through a targeted framework of career development and learning opportunities. 

If you are experiencing technical issues submitting your application please email resourcing@swindon.gov.uk 
 

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