Social Worker - East Locality/Adults Social Care
Social Worker – East Locality/ Adults Social Care
Grade 7 - £37,568 - £42,614
It’s about people like you making a real difference…
This is an exciting time to join the City of Wolverhampton Council as a social worker.
We need people like you who will support us to work in a truly person-centred and strengths-based way. If you are someone who is passionate and tenacious, wants to do the best job possible and is committed to excellent social work practice then we want to hear from you!
At the City of Wolverhampton Council, we work restoratively with people, building strong relationships and making connections to help them find long-lasting solutions that are right for them using the Three Conversations© approach. At the heart of this way of working is having a meaningful conversation with a person, listening hard and being interested in what matters to them. But it’s also about innovation, creativity and professional autonomy.
Our vision in Adult’s Services is that the individuals we support will be at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to celebrating uniqueness and promoting independence and wellbeing. We will do this by:
- Empowering people by providing the right information and advice to help make decisions and lead their idea of a good life
- Enabling people to get the right support at the right time to keep or regain their independence
- Encouraging people to continue to use what is strong in their families and communities whilst ensuring choice and control
- Supporting people to think about their future and possible changes needed to live the life they want to
We are a forward-thinking, responsive organisation and want our social workers to spend their time building relationships with people and families to achieve real, sustainable change. We have a social work development pathway alongside a substantial training 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 Social Worker positions in the above team.
The East locality team is an innovative team who have previously lead the way within the organisation in adopting the 3-Conversation model of working, before it was implemented across all of adult social care teams.
Both workers and managers are positive and forward thinking in their approach and are solution focused in their practice.
- Be dedicated to working directly with people with care and support needs and carers to ensure that their voices are heard, and they are supported to live their idea of a good life
- Have a sound working knowledge of relevant legislation, such as the Care Act, Mental Capacity Act as well as key social work models and theories and evidence of application of this to practice
- Have strong analytical, assessment and negotiation skills
- Have excellent time management and organisational skills
- Be passionate about making a difference and committed to strengths-based working
- Be able to demonstrate you can work with colleagues and alongside service providers, police, health colleagues, voluntary partners and commissioners
- Have strong interpersonal, communication and IT skills
- Be registered with Social Work England
- Have a vision for your own career development and clear plan for your future training needs
- Have completed the Assessed Year of Employment or an equivalent post qualifying pathway
These posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
For your valued contribution we offer:
- Supportive and flexible working arrangements
- Option to buy up to 10 days additional leave (please note there are 3 mandatory unpaid leave days per year)
- A competitive salary
- Excellent local government pension scheme
- Fantastic learning and development opportunities, including access to Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA)
- A Social Work CPD / Career Pathway
- Regular informal and formal reflective supervision
- Vibrant and active employee networks including four staff equality forums (Race Religion and Belief; Disability and Age; Gender Maternity and Paternity and LGBT+)
- A commitment to eliminating discrimination and supporting employee wellbeing to ensure a good work /life balance, which includes a strong employee assistance scheme and access to numerous wellbeing resources
To find out more about us why not take a look at our website: www.wolvessocialworkjobs.com
As part of the interview process, candidates will be required to undertake:
o A written exercise
o A panel interview
Further details will be sent to shortlisted candidates after the closing date.
For further information on these posts please contact:
Sonia Jackson (Social Work Unit Manager) on 01902 553705 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Halliday (Social Work Unit Manager) on 01902 553703 / email@example.com
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 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.
You will be notified on the outcome of your application form as soon as possible after the closing date.
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.
City of Wolverhampton Council is a positive, progressive and people-focused organisation - passionate about making our City a better place for all who live, work and travel here.
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