Senior Social Worker-Children in Need/Child Protection
Senior Social Worker – Children in Need/Child Protection
Grade 8 - £45,648 - £49,702
We have Senior Social Worker opportunities within the following teams:
- Court Team
- Rocket Pool Strengthening Families Hub
- Graiseley Strengthening Families Hub
It’s about people like you making a real difference…
This is an exciting time to join the City of Wolverhampton Council as a senior social worker.
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!
At the award-winning City of Wolverhampton Council, 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, responsive and innovative organisation 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.
The specialist Court Team are responsible for pre proceedings, private and public law work with children and their families and by applying for a post within the above team you will have a protected caseload. We are looking for an ambitious and confident individual to contribute to this service area, to continue the work we have started, maintaining our positive reputation within the court arena, producing good quality and timely reports and assessments and ensuring care planning for the Authority’s most vulnerable children is achieved to a high standard.
The locality teams are responsible for child in need and child protection support for children and their families. There is opportunity for some pre-proceedings and Court work within the locality teams. There is a focus on providing children and their families the opportunity to engage with support services at the earliest opportunity, with the support provided to them being underpinned by a good quality and timely assessment with regular reviews and outcome specific plans.
We invite applications from suitably experienced and qualified individuals for Senior Social Worker positions in the above teams.
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
- 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 why not take a look at our website: www.wolvessocialworkjobs.com
For further information please contact:
Gill Bolton (Team Manager – Court Team) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Whitter (Team Manager – Eastfield/Rocket Pool) via email to Emily.email@example.com
As part of the interview process, candidates will be required to undertake:
o A Children’s panel interview
o A written exercise
o A panel interview (incl presentation)
We are committed to building a workforce that is reflective of the diverse community we serve. We want to attract the best applications from people of all backgrounds and underrepresented groups because we strongly believe in adding value through diversity, inclusion, and equality. Our employees enable us to deliver services that are accessible, inclusive, and reflective of Wolverhampton residents.
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