Directorate: Children and Family Services
Section: Children's Social Care
Grade: Level 11
Hours: 37 hours per week
(market supplement has been agreed until March 2024 for qualifying roles and is subject to review in March 2024)
Hello there! Are you dedicated to high quality, relationship-based social work, that is child-centred, family-minded, strengths and evidence-based and focused on delivering positive outcomes?
We are looking for qualified Children and Families Social Workers, ideally with proven experience in safeguarding, who can undertake varied and diverse case management and exceptional quality assessments in a timely accurate manner, allowing for progression opportunities to be able to develop and grow their career from Senior Social Worker to Team Manager. Along with providing with a child centred approach and using the skills and tools to work restoratively with families
Children and Family Services are proud of its achievements to date and is continuing to ensure children and families remain the number one priority at the heart of all we do. Stoke-on-Trent is a city on the up – we’ve been confirmed as one of the best areas in the country for economic growth, we’ve been named as one of the most cultural places to live by the Sunday Times and we’re one of the greenest cities in the country with acres of green open spaces and parks. We are located in North Staffordshire in the West Midlands with easy and excellent access to transport links to all parts of the UK and internationally. We want our children and young people to inherit these changes, to build their lives in our city, be aspirational and to take the opportunities Stoke-on-Trent can offer. We have a coordinated and relentless drive to continue to improve children’s experiences.
There is a strong sense of togetherness here and Stoke-on-Trent has undoubtedly the friendliest people in the UK, we pride ourselves on building relationships with families and partners and hold restorative practice at the centre of all we do. Ofsted recently found that services for vulnerable children and families in Stoke-on-Trent have improved substantially and that there has been investment in children’s services as part of a wider council development programme.
We are investing in a high-quality learning and development offer to ensure that you have access to high quality learning, development opportunities and support, whatever stage of your career you are at.
If you’re looking for a challenging yet rewarding role, one where you’ll be supported every step of the way, Stoke-on-Trent City Council is the place for you.
For these roles you must
- Be a qualified Social Worker with significant experience
- You will have expansive knowledge of relevant childcare legislation, including a clear understanding of ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’.
- An ability to build effective relationships with children, young people, and families.
Amongst the benefits we offer are:
Up to 40 days holiday (including 8 days bank holidays)
- Option to buy extra annual leave
- Flexible working hours
- Hybrid working
- Relocation allowance to £8,000 subject to policy
- Manageable caseloads
- High quality reflective supervision
- Health and wellbeing support
- Access to staff equality and diversity networks
To be considered for a position you must have a degree in Social Work or equivalent and be registered with Social Work England.
Want to know more and apply?
It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Stoke-on-Trent City Council. as a potential employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our stronger together vision ensuring we are working together to create a stronger city we can all be proud of.
If you are passionate about children and young people getting the right help at the right time, about listening to their voice, and about working in partnership with families and wider networks, then we would very much like to hear from you.
Please also see the Job Pack attached to this advert.
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).
Stoke-on-Trent City Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this – we therefore encourage applications from all sections of our community. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed together
Please note that if an employee who is currently at risk of redundancy within the organisation applies for this vacancy their application will receive priority. If this happens you will be advised accordingly.