Social Worker - Children in Care
Dudley is focussed, ambitious and creative. Our reshaped council and reshaped service offers a great opportunity for you to influence and develop as we accelerate the pace of change. We want the best people to travel with us and to reap the rewards along the way.
Dudley is an ambitious local authority and a great place to develop your career. We have the highest ambitions for our children and young people. We are passionate about the wellbeing of our children, young people and families. Our vision is to give children the best start in life and to support families to be independent, responsible and successful and to ensure we provide the highest levels of public protection for our most vulnerable children. Our workforce is key to making this happen.
Our transformed children’s services put children’s needs at the very heart of all that we do, and we are looking for passionate, dedicated and determined individuals to join new teams and help us deliver better outcomes for the children and families we serve.
We recognise the importance of investing in our workforce and are committed to giving you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills through our learning and development offer provided by our innovative and highly valued Centre for Professional Practice (www.dudleycpp.org.uk), where you will be trained in Restorative Practice the basis of how we work with children and families in Dudley.
We have developed a career pathway for all staff. Our successful programme supports not only newly qualified social workers but also invests in continuing professional development including through our membership of Research in Practice and our bespoke and enhanced training programme for all.
This offer is proving to be a progressive and exciting path for professionals that is swiftly seeing performance improvements and innovations that are making big differences to our children, young people and families.
In our recent inspection Ofsted stated that the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers was “Good”.
Hours: 37 per week
Salary: Grade 8 to Grade 10
Working for Dudley you will receive:
- Manageable case loads
- A comprehensive learning and development package
- High quality professional supervision
- Supportive and collaborative team working
- Excellent progression opportunities
- A significantly streamlined IT system allowing more time away from admin and more time to work with children and their families
We require social workers with 1yrs post qualifying only. Candidates who have not completed their ASYE programme will not be considered for this vacancy.
For more information regarding Children in Care please contact Gayle Barry on 01384 813843.
For further information on Dudley Children's Social Care please go to www.childrenservicesjobs-dudley.org.uk
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children; therefore the post is subject to medical clearance and an enhanced DBS check.
NB. We reserve the right to close vacancies prior to the advertised closing date should a large number of applications be received.
We aim to create an inclusive working environment where everyone can achieve a healthy work/life balance. We are serious about our responsibility for personal and professional development and look to ensure that staff are equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience to succeed. The Councils Benefit Package is designed to boost and maintain the health, wellbeing and general quality of life of all our staff.
Security and support at work
We offer a wide range of benefits, to ensure that staff are paid fairly for the work they undertake and have the flexibility to enjoy a great work/life balance. We offer:
- A competitive salary package, including a career progression scheme
- A range of flexible working options, including flexitime and home-working, dependent on service requirements
- A generous holiday allowance and special leave provisions
- The Local Government Pension Scheme
- A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme – whatever life throws at you, we are committed to supporting you
- Bullying and Harassment and Dignity at Work policies to protect your everyday working life
Your professional future
We invest in our staff, to enable them to develop personal and professional skills and progress in their Social Work Career.
All new employees receive a comprehensive induction, training and development programme, with regular opportunities to update their skills and achieve their full potential. We welcome fresh thinking, recognise real talent and encourage innovation and ingenuity.
We train staff at all levels. We have a huge range of training opportunities, through the Centre for Professional Practice Service. We encourage and support Continual Professional Development, with opportunities to attend external training, secondment opportunities, and earn extra qualifications through the Apprenticeship Levy.
A summary of all benefits for staff is attached.
Online application forms will only be accepted for this vacancy, online facilities for jobs are available at public libraries within the Dudley Borough.
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