Social Worker - Children & Families Safeguarding & Support
Children first and at the heart of all we do
Through our ‘Child Friendly Dudley’ agenda we have the highest ambitions for our children and young people. Our values and beliefs are founded on Restorative Practice which provides us with a framework for our organisational culture and practice
In Dudley we believe that families are the experts in their own lives and that when we offer families high support and high challenge whilst providing them with them with the right resources and support, most families will make good decisions for their children.
Our Restorative Family Led Framework promotes the fundamental idea that families and their networks are of primary importance and the most important influence on improving outcomes for children.
We believe that if we work with families in restorative ways keeping children at the heart of decisions that affect them, we can support and enable families to effectively resolve their own problems at the earliest opportunity by providing the right amount of support for the right children for the right amount of time, ensuring that the local authorities intervention in family life only occurs when necessary but is timely, appropriate, and proportionate when needed.
We are recruiting Qualified Social Workers with a minimum of 18 Months post-qualifying experience.
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: Grade 9 to Grade 10
£32,798 to £39,571 per annum plus £7000 per annum Market Forces Supplement
We currently have an exciting opportunity for a social worker to join our Children & Families Safeguarding & Support Service. If you have the skill, determination and commitment to improve outcomes for children and families, and the drive to continue the positive development within the service, then this is the perfect opportunity for you!
You will be a part of a dynamic social work team committed to delivering a high-quality service to the children and families of Dudley. You will have a manageable case load including Children in Need, Child Protection and Pre-Proceedings.
You will be encouraged to enhance and develop your skills as Dudley offers a wide range of training and development opportunities both in-house training and through other means such as Research in Practice.
You will have an assigned administrative co-ordinator and direct access to the Centre for Professional Practice, with a dedicated Advanced Practitioner to support the Care Management Service.
For an informal discussion please contact Annette Callear, Service Manager - Care Management at Annette.Callear@dudley.gov.uk.
For further information on Dudley Children's Social Care please go to www.childrenservicesjobs-dudley.org.uk/
Please take a look at our promotional video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=26l0J7Wdwxk&t=28s
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children; therefore, the post is subject to medical clearance and an enhanced DBS check.
NB. We reserve the right to close vacancies prior to the advertised closing date should a large number of applications be received.
We aim to create an inclusive working environment where everyone can achieve a healthy work/life balance. We are serious about our responsibility for personal and professional development and look to ensure that staff are equipped with the skills, knowledge and experience to succeed. The Councils Benefit Package is designed to boost and maintain the health, wellbeing and general quality of life of all our staff.
Security and support at work
We offer a wide range of benefits, to ensure that staff are paid fairly for the work they undertake and have the flexibility to enjoy a great work/life balance. We offer:
- A competitive salary package, including a career progression scheme
- A range of flexible working options, including flexitime and home-working, dependent on service requirements
- A generous holiday allowance and special leave provisions
- The Local Government Pension Scheme
- A comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme – whatever life throws at you, we are committed to supporting you
- Bullying and Harassment and Dignity at Work policies to protect your everyday working life
Your professional future
We invest in our staff, to enable them to develop personal and professional skills and progress in their Social Work Career.
All new employees receive a comprehensive induction, training and development programme, with regular opportunities to update their skills and achieve their full potential. We welcome fresh thinking, recognise real talent and encourage innovation and ingenuity.
We train staff at all levels. We have a huge range of training opportunities, through the Centre for Professional Practice Service. We encourage and support Continual Professional Development, with opportunities to attend external training, secondment opportunities, and earn extra qualifications through the Apprenticeship Levy.
A summary of all benefits for staff is attached.
So that we can demonstrate Dudley’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and to improve bias in the recruitment process that could create barriers for candidates. Your personal data will be anonymised when you apply, to ensure that you comply with our anonymisation process please ensure you have removed your name and date of birth from any attachments prior to uploading them to your application.
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