Consultant Social Worker - Children's Advice and Duty Service

Location
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Salary
£37,890 - £40,876 (full time) or £18,945 - £20,438 (part time)
Posted
11 Jan 2022
Closes
22 Feb 2022
Job Ref
0000011436
Contract Type
Permanent
Working Pattern
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Directorate: Children and Family Services

Section:  Children's Advice and Duty (ChAD) Service

Grade: Level 12

Hours:  37 hours or 18.5 hours per week 

It is an exciting time for Stoke-on- Trent’s Children’s Services where innovation and creative practice is being celebrated and encouraged. S-o-T’s Children’s Services want to provide the best service to our children and families and partner agencies through a high functioning front door.  The children’s advice & duty service (ChAD) is a conversation based referral process.  This new way of receiving contacts and referrals we hope will provide opportunities for professionals to have meaningful discussion with our staff that result in interventions at the right time by the right service. This evidence based approach will lead to fewer referrals and in turn fewer children requiring unnecessary assessments that do not lead to the provision of support services. It is anticipated that more families will receive early help support that aligns with our restorative practice approach. The intended outcome is that our locality social work teams will have manageable caseloads enabling more direct work with children. 

If you’re a dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic Social Worker with significant experience of making a difference to the lives of children and young people we want to hear from you. Experience of working in a MASH or Assessment service, with decision making and excellent verbal and written skills is essential. We’re looking for people who have a genuine interest in relationship-based practice and a strengths-based approach to building effective relationships with children, families, communities and partner agencies. These ways of working are being embedded through our Restorative Practice Approach that is being rolled out across Children’s Services.

This role will see the Consultant Social Worker as decision makers, leading on strategy discussions and having some direct contact with children when intervening.  You will work on a rota basis in connection with the opening of the Children's Advice and Duty Service, Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm.  

To be considered for a position you must have a degree in Social Work or equivalent, be registered with Social Work England and be able to fulfil the travel requirements of the post.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  This position is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the successful applicant will be subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

If you have any queries or would like an application form in another format, please email recruitment@stoke.gov.uk or call us on 01782 238189.

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