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Social Worker - Adolescent Safeguarding and Family Safeguarding

Employer
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Location
DY1 2JZ
Salary
£33,024 to £43,421 (plus £7000.00 per annum Market Forces Supplement) - salary subject to experience
Closing date
15 Mar 2024
Reference
DUDLEY/TP/697/164

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Sector
Local Councils
Job Type
Social work; Children - Qualified
Contract Type
Permanent
Working Pattern
Standard
Hours
Full-Time

Job Details

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Salary: Grade 8 to Grade 10 

£33,024 to £43,421 per annum plus £7,000 per annum Market Forces Supplement (salary subject to experience)

Child Friendly Dudley holds the highest ambitions for our children, young people and families and works to a restorative practice model.

We have implemented Family Safeguarding Practice across children’s services. It is a strengths-based, whole-family approach to child protection, bringing together individual multi-disciplinary teams comprising of professionals from children’s and adult services to work intensively with families to reduce the number of children entering into care or becoming subject to child protection planning.

Family Safeguarding Practice moves the focus from monitoring compliance to engaging with families in a strengths-based way and producing meaningful change through Motivational Interviewing, a person-centred therapeutic way of practicing designed to harness and enhance readiness for change. The new workbook recording system allows Social Workers to return to the grass roots of Social Work practice and focuses on building relationships with children, young people and their families to achieve better outcomes for the whole family.

It is an exciting time to join Dudley Children’s Services as we embed the Family Safeguarding Model. We have an extensive training offer through our Centre for Professional Practice with great career progression opportunities. We are looking for dynamic and driven Social Workers to join us on our journey to achieve excellence.

The Family Safeguarding Service comprises of 6 teams and supports families with children under the age of 12. The Adolescent Safeguarding Service works with children and Young People from the age of 12 upwards and comprises of 6 teams and 1 Contextual Safeguarding team. Preferences can be given following a successful interview.

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 – 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.

We are recruiting Qualified Social Workers with a minimum of 12 Months post-qualifying experience.

If you have been qualified as a Social Worker less than 12 months, or have not yet completed your ASYE programme, and are interested in working at Dudley Children’s Services then please contact our Centre for Professional Practice who will be able to advise of any vacancies available and describe the ASYE Programme on offer, please contact CPP@dudley.gov.uk and a member of the Team will contact you directly to discuss.

The following link has information about the ASYE programme and a link to the handbook:

https://www.dudleycpp.org.uk/careerprogression-ld

If you have previously been registered as a social worker in England but your registration has lapsed, and you would like to restore your registration we would love to hear from you. Email the Centre for Professional Practice cpp@dudley.gov.uk and a member of the team will contact you to talk about our 'return to social work' scheme. 

For an informal discussion please contact Robert Wright, Head of Service - Family Safeguarding @ robert.wright@dudley.gov.uk or Edward Wong, Head of Service - Adolescent Safeguarding @ edward.wong@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.

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.  

Online application forms will only be accepted for this vacancy, online facilities for jobs are available at public libraries within the Dudley Borough.  

If you require support completing an online or paper application form and or interview techniques, please contact Dudley Adult and Community Learning on 01384 818 143 or acl@dudley.gov.uk  who can support with Digital Skills and Job Applications.  

If you have a disability and require assistance in making an application please contact the HR Resourcing Team via HR.Resourcing@dudley.gov.uk  

If you are experiencing a problem whilst applying for a position, please follow the link below to the WM Jobs Help Page in the first instance https://help.wmjobs.co.uk/    

If the WM Jobs Help Page does not resolve your issue then please contact the HR Resourcing Team via HR.Resourcing@dudley.gov.uk 

Dudley Council will check the information that you have provided against any details already held for accuracy and completeness. The Council will check, share and cross match your information both internally within the council and with external organisations to protect public funds and prevent or detect crime, only where the law allows us to do so.  

The Council’s full Privacy and Disclaimer Statement can be accessed on the website at http://www.dudley.gov.uk/  

N.B. We reserve the right to close this vacancy prior to the advertised date should we receive a large number of applications

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Top tip when applying – As we’ve got a new recruitment system the application process has changed a little and we hope you’ll like it! 

You’ll first need to register and create a profile the first time you apply. 

Creating your profile will enable you do things such as track your application progress, view emails you’ve received from us and manage communication preferences, manage your interview bookings and offer information if successful.

About Dudley Council

It’s an incredibly exciting time to work in Dudley Council as we embark on numerous multi-million pound regeneration schemes which will be real game-changers for the borough. In addition to the exciting schemes such as the Midland Metro we also have the ongoing and very serious challenges of ensuring vulnerable people across the borough receive the services they deserve.

At Dudley Council we have a ‘one council’ ethos that builds an effective and dynamic organisation which grows the economy and creates jobs, creating a cleaner and greener place and supports stronger and safer communities.

We are rightly proud to be the historic capital of the Black Country and, working with our partners, Dudley Council is also committed to looking forward and helping to deliver our borough vision of ‘Forge a Future for all’ www.dudleyboroughvision2030.org.uk

We ensure communities influence council decisions and are committed to delivering services in partnership with communities.  We provide flexible and responsive service in partnership and help communities help themselves.

In joining a local authority that serves 320,000 residents you will become an integral part of a council that:

• is ready to embrace change, providing an environment in which you will be encouraged to make your mark

• is aware of its key challenges and the need for a new energy to innovate the council, in order to find cost effective ways of delivering services

• has aligned its political and managerial leadership structures and is committed to protecting, securing and transforming the lives of children, families, the vulnerable and older people

• wants borough residents to have their say through our community forums

• dedicates time to meaningful consultation and listen to the views of our residents

• is working with the community to encourage active involvement of our residents

We want to leave a legacy of a better future for the borough that reflects Dudley borough’s potential and harnesses the ambitions of the people we serve. For more information see our Council Plan www.dudley.gov.uk/council-community/plan-policies-and-strategies/council-plan, Dudley Borough Vision for 2030, Forging a Future for All www.dudleyboroughvision2030.org.uk and key information about the borough and its communities at All about Dudley Borough www.allaboutdudley.info

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Location
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Mary Stevens Park
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 2AA
United Kingdom

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