Peripatetic Social Worker

£37,568 - £42,614
10 Jan 2022
01 May 2022
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Social care
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Full time permanent
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Social Workers – newly created Children’s peripatetic social work team

Grade 7 - £37,568 - £42,614

Location - Wolverhampton

Full Time Permanent

It’s about people like you making a real difference…

This is an exciting opportunity to join a newly created social work team within the City of Wolverhampton Council.

In the new peripatetic team, you will spend between 6 and 12 months in a specified team to fill roles that are temporarily vacant. You will undertake statutory social work functions and work directly with children and families. In this role you will have the opportunity to try various teams across Children and Young People in Care and Children in Need and Child Protection Services, allowing you to experience the whole journey of the child. This experience will support your continued professional development and increase your employability across the range of services provided by Children’s Services.

We need people like you who want to make a real difference in the lives of children and families and will support us to deliver excellent services to the most vulnerable children in our City.  

If you are someone who is passionate and tenacious, wants to do the best job possible and is committed to excellent social work practice and achieving the very best for our Children, Young People and Families then we want to hear from you!

The City of Wolverhampton Council Children’s Services is innovative and award winning. To find out more visit our web page.

We work restoratively with children and families, building strong relationships and connections to help them find long-lasting solutions.

Our vision for the Children and Young People Services is:

  • To develop respectful and empowering relationships with children, young people and families
  • To ensure children are at the centre of everything we do
  • High aspirations, high expectations

We are a forward-thinking and responsive and want our social workers to spend their time building relationships with families to achieve real, sustainable change. We focus on teams having manageable workloads and we have a clear development pathway alongside a substantial training and development offer which is varied and responsive to practice challenges.  Our senior managers and leaders are visible and take the time to listen to frontline employees.

We invite applications from suitably experienced and qualified individuals. For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Supportive and flexible working arrangements including working from home
  • Access to eight Strengthening Families Hubs across the City to undertake direct work with children and families and touch down in-between visits
  • Fantastic learning and development offer including access to Research in Practice
  • A Social Work CPD / Career Pathway which will support you to progress and develop
  • A positive and kind team culture, and support from team managers, senior social workers and advanced practitioners.
  • Vibrant and active employee networks including four staff equality forums (Race Religion and Belief; Disability and Age; Gender Maternity and Paternity and LGBT+)
  • Access to an external and independent confidential reporting service for employee concerns to be raised (“Safe Place”)
  • Commitment to eliminating discrimination and supporting employee wellbeing to ensure a good work /life balance, including a strong employee assistance scheme and wellbeing offer

These posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

To find out more about us and hear from our social workers why not take a look at our website:

As part of the interview process, candidates will be required to undertake:

  • A children's panel interview
  • A written exercise
  • A panel interview

For further information on these posts please contact:

Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis.  Shortlisted candidates will be notified on the Monday/Tuesday after the application is made with the above interview process taking place on a Thursday.

Please note a separate advert will be placed for Newly Qualified Social Workers as and when vacancies occur, as you will be supported by the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme.

More Social Worker roles may become vacant across Children’s Services during this recruitment campaign therefore if you are deemed as appointable following the interview process you may be offered an alternative post.

As you will be aware, due to COVID-19 we may be unable to meet with you in person, in which case arrangements will be made to undertake the recruitment process virtually.  Further details will be sent out to shortlisted candidates after the closing date has passed.

The City of Wolverhampton Council are committed to representing Wolverhampton’s diverse community and therefore strongly encourage applications from all applicants meeting the essential criteria. The Council operates a guaranteed interview policy for disabled candidates, those who have previously been under our care and are over the age of 25 and veterans who have served in the military, where it is evidenced that the essential criteria of the post are met.

Our application system is anonymous, this means recruitment interview panel members will not receive details of your name or date of birth unless you are invited to attend an interview. We are not able to hide personal information from any attachments that you upload so we request that you remove your name, date of birth and any personal information from any supporting documentation. The shortlisting panel will receive your candidate pack in full (including any attachments) showing your candidate number. If you are invited to attend an interview, panel members will be provided with your name.

Internal and external candidates closing date:  1 May 2022

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