Early Help Social Worker (Advanced Practitioner)
‘Working in Early Help is a unique and privileged position to help identify and support families with the right support at the right time to create positive changes for children and their families at the earliest opportunity. The Early Help Social Work role offers a wide variety of experiences and opportunities for practice development within social work which has also been great for my CPD.
It is an exciting opportunity to be a part of an ever-expanding team which hosts an incredible breadth of knowledge and experience which will help you to enhance your knowledge of interventions and the support available to families in Warwickshire. You will develop extensive positive working relationships with professionals and services across the county and be part of a passionate and supportive team. It is a challenging but fulfilling role and I enjoy coming to work each day.’
At Warwickshire County Council (WCC) we work with children and families restoratively, building strong relationships and connections to help families find long-lasting solutions. Our work contributes to our wider County Council aim – to make Warwickshire the best it can be for everyone.
It’s a big responsibility that can be challenging at times, but this is what drives our staff to succeed, develop and achieve. If you’re someone who wants to do the best job possible, who approaches everything with passion, tenacity, courage and purpose, then we want you to work with us.
Throughout 2020 we continued to look to the future and build on our programme of change and investment in the service.... Covid hasn’t stopped us!
It has helped us shape and develop a focus on wellbeing, utilising technology, opening opportunities for career development and renewed our focus on reflective and supportive leadership. These are the backbone to our offer to our workforce.
WCC invested in Microsoft technology in 2020 including the use of Surface Pros and MS365 suite which has enabled our workforce to seamlessly transition to community and homeworking. We have a whole council commitment to flexible working and employee wellbeing. We nurture, support and challenge each other to achieve the best outcomes for all our children.
WCC is an authority that engages with innovation. We are a financially secure local authority and want to achieve an outstanding service for children. To this end we have received £21m investment programme over four years to implement new and creative ways of working with children. This funding is from both the Council and Department for Education to strengthen relationship and evidenced based practice.
All of our practice is underpinned by restorative and trauma informed practice.
We’re building something very special in Warwickshire. A community of practice – with diverse thought, skills and experiences. Working for every child to create a Child Friendly Warwickshire.
Early Help has seen a significant transformation in recent times and our supportive and award winning Early Help teams are looking for an experienced Social Worker to join us. This post is fixed term for one year as we further develop the Early Help Eco System, which works systemically across our localities with multi-agency partners to support children, young people and families at the earliest opportunity to prevent their needs escalating.
By working in our team, you will liaise and work restoratively with children, families and professionals to achieve the best outcomes for them. Partners in schools and across the Early Help Network are particularly crucial and you will be expected to attend and support various network events in your locality to offer advice and consultation.
To work alongside Early Help colleagues and families to prevent escalation to Children’s Social Care.
To support the Early Help Gateway and provide consultation and support to the Early Help network.
Work in partnership with colleagues from Children’s social care.
To work with high level Early Help cases to prevent escalation; delivering direct interventions.
To be the allocated worker where required.
To be an active member of the Early Help locality network and to contribute to Local Early Action Partnerships (LEAP) meetings to look at locality data and to respond to the needs of the locality.
Deliver training and support colleagues through coaching and mentoring.
If you are an organised, friendly and efficient person we welcome your application. The role covers Rugby, Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire. In the absence of Early Help Social Work colleagues it will be necessary to support and cover other areas of Warwickshire.
If you are interested in this opportunity as a secondment, please discuss this with your line manager prior to applying.
Warwickshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.
For further information about this role please contact Stacey Gill, Operations Manager – Early Help and Targeted Support by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing Date : 20th September 2021
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Warwickshire County Council (WCC) is committed to equality of opportunity for all employees and is keen to address areas of under representation in its workforce, this is because we really understand the importance of different voices, experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds within our workforce. Therefore, we particularly encourage applications from global ethnic majorities (GEM), individuals with disabilities and men, who are currently under-represented within WCC within this service area. WCC has a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for employees who hold these and other identities. See more.