Social Worker in School
‘Working as a school based social worker offers a varied, unique, and exciting role. The benefits of working directly in a setting with young people and their families creates opportunities for more direct work and earlier intervention and prevention. Much of my work with colleagues from education supports to develop a shared and deeper understanding of behaviour and social inclusion, developing the school’s responses to this, as well as assisting key staff to develop their understanding and knowledge of resources and services that can offer the right support at the right time. It’s unique position also allows a level of creativity and autonomy to shape the role to reflect the needs of the setting, local authority, and families. And whilst this role can also be challenging the availability of good reflective supervision and team support has supported my practice.’
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.
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.?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 and our supportive, award winning team are looking for an experienced Social Worker to join us. This full time, year round post is fixed term for one year to work as a Social Worker in School at The George Eliot School in Nuneaton.
The Early Help Eco System, 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 including to feeder schools. ?
The Social Worker will have the opportunity to practice and deliver:
Primary prevention – delivering direct strengths-based interventions and programmes in partnership with teachers and/or parents and carers, children and young people.
Secondary prevention – working to help school staff help children and young people more effectively.
Will act as the primary support in school for safeguarding issues and will liaise with the Children and Families Front Door (MASH).
Be an ambassador and role model for Restorative Practice in school and in the community.
Connect the needs of children, young people and parents and carers to locality resources.
To work alongside Early Help colleagues and families to prevent escalation to Children’s Social Care.
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
If you are an organised, friendly and efficient person, we have a full time (37 hours) post working all year round on a one year fixed term contract.
If you are interested in this opportunity as a secondment, please discuss this with your line manager prior to applying.
The Fluency Duty is outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers. The Fluency Duty for this role is Required. You must be able to speak and provide advice in accurate spoken English to the public.
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 email@example.com
Closing Date: 27 October 2021
Proposed interview dates: 11 and 12 November 2021
Our method of application is online, please note, CV’s should not be submitted unless asked to do so.
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You will be notified of our shortlisting decision via email, so please check your email on a regular basis after submitting your application.
As part of being a Disability Confident employer we guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application form which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required for each competence, as well as meeting any of the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential in the person specification.
Should you require application forms in an alternative format / language or any adjustments to be made throughout the application process or upon appointment, please contact email@example.com and we will make every effort to meet your specific requirements.
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.