Social Worker, Assessment & Child Protection Team

Job specification

Location:
Swindon
Hours:
37 hours per week
Salary:
Qualified £42,403, Experienced £47,420, Advanced £48,474 p.a. plus benefits
Closing date:
09/04/2024
Job reference:
RNR001737-9
Date posted:
12/03/2024
Here in Swindon we have a clear vision and plans to reduce the need for Children to come into our care with our new adolescent offer and edge of care work and we are continually working as a partnership to ensure or children are safe.

We’re making a real difference to the lives of the children and families we work with in Swindon.

About Us

We have now implemented 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 is a great opportunity to join us now and be part of this pioneering work as we continue to learn from multi agency family work and support more families to look after their children in their families and wider communities.

In addition, we have an established and growing our 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.

About the role

We have an opportunity for Qualified, Experienced and Advanced Social Workers to join the Assessment and Child Protection Team.

The team is made up of 5 PODs managed by 5 Assistant Team Managers and 2 Team Managers. Each POD of 4 Social Workers and their Assistant Team Manager is on duty once every 5 weeks.

During the duty week social workers in the team are allocated a caseload of children who require a statutory assessment or child protection investigation, these assessments inform the development of their plan.

Some children require on-going support from within our communities, or Family Intervention and Support Service, others may require a Child in Need or Child Protection Plan. We strive to ensure smooth transitions for all of our children.

If successful you will join a welcoming, supportive and nurturing team where expectations for children are high.

You will receive monthly reflective supervision. We want to support your development and offer a range of training opportunities which can support in the progression of your career.

About you

We require all social workers to have a degree or diploma in Social Work, full Social Work England registration and a proven ability to work in partnership with children, young people, parents, carers and partners.

A strong strengths-based approach and child-centred value base that informs the work with children, young people and families.

Excellent interpersonal skills to engage and motivate children, young people and their families in a range of circumstances.

Effective assessment, analysis and planning skills and excellent direct work skill base and knowledge that can be shared with colleagues across the team.

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 continuously drive forward improvements in our services. 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.

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”).

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. 

Your next package

  • Relocation allowance of up to £8,000 (eligibility criteria applies)
  • Competitive salaries
  • Free car parking at our central Swindon campus and easy commuter links to many locations

Please see our Rewards and Benefits offer for more details.

As an employee, you will receive a diverse and exciting environment in which to work, encouraging creativity and innovation whilst recognising the need to support ongoing personal development and a flexible work life balance.

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

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For further information about the role please contact Aysha Whittaker, Team Manager at AWhittaker@swindon.gov.uk.

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