Advanced Social Worker, Family Safeguarding Model

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37 - Happy to talk flexible working
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£43,501 - £45,306 p.a. pro rata plus £2,500 MFS
Excellent relocation package
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At Swindon Borough Council, we want our town to be the best it can be. Our ambitious vision is supported by realistic transformation programmes, with the people of Swindon at their heart. Because that’s who we’re doing it for – the communities and businesses that make our town great. As part of the Council, you’ll support a friendly local authority making decisions with real impact. It’s all for better public services. Better processes. And a better quality of life, for everyone. Join us, and Swindon will be better with you.

Here we are aspirational for achieving the highest standards of practice for the children and families we support and know that this will result in improved outcomes for our most vulnerable children and young people.

Our Children’s Service is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted but we are not complacent and do have the drive and aspiration to continuously transform our service and work towards ‘Outstanding’ to ensure children receive a consistently good service every day.

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

Your next role

We are now working towards implementation of the Family Safeguarding Model in 2022, a new multi-disciplinary approach that supports a whole-system change to child protection for children up to adolescence, focusing on supporting the needs of children and adults so that children can safely remain within their families. This model will involve practitioners working in multi-disciplinary teams with adult specialist workers responding to complex issues of domestic abuse, mental health and substance misuse.  We will be implementing motivational interviewing, a new workbook for recording and individual and group intervention programmes.  Our teams will have manageable caseloads and our Advanced Social workers will support our model of group supervision.

So this is a great opportunity to join us now and be part of this journey from the start.
In addition, we have an established and growing ASYE programme, linked to our Social Care & Leadership Academy, offering mentoring support, fostering a culture of learning and challenge, manageable caseloads and good quality supervision, as we commit and invest in growing our own talent, as well as our experienced social workers.

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 an established Social Work & Leadership Academy. The Academy aims to celebrate the best in professional practice in Social Work and Social Care Leadership. The Academy represents an opportunity for us 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. 

You 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”).

Your next package

Please see our Rewards and Benefits offer for more details in addition to:

•    £3000 “golden hello” payment after one year’s service
•    Retention payments of £2000 after completing two years’ service and a further 
£2000 after three years’ service
•    Relocation allowance of up to £8,000 (eligibility criteria applies)

For Swindon to thrive in the future, we need to lay the foundations now. It’s why our regeneration and transformation programmes are already underway. So, you’ll be joining us at an exciting time on our journey. We’ll look to you to share your knowledge, influence decisions and drive real, positive change. With your contributions, we’ll achieve our vision of a prosperous, re-vitalised Swindon by 2030 together. And you’ll be proud to say it was made better with you.

Your next steps

Read the role profile and select the Apply button where you will be redirected to the Swindon Borough Council website to complete our online application process. Clicking the ‘Apply’ button on this job website is not an application, you must register on the Swindon Borough Council website in order to be considered for the role.

For further information about the role, please contact Tracy Merritt, Service Manager, at 

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