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Principal Social Worker - Ref: CH14223

Walsall Council
G15: £70,227 - £84,020 per annum
Closing date
11 Apr 2024

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Social work; Children - Qualified
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Full time permanent
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Principal Social Worker - Ref: CH14223
Salary: G15 £70,227 - £84,020 per annum.

Full time, permanent.

About Walsall:

Walsall is a diverse place to live with opportunities and challenges for children and young people. With a total population of 284,130, children and young people aged 0- 17 make up just under a quarter of the population. 40% of children and young people are from black, Asian or other minority ethnic backgrounds. More than a quarter of children who attend Walsall primary schools and a fifth of those who attend Walsall secondary schools have English as an additional language.

There are some very affluent areas in the borough, however, overall, deprivation is high and in the Indices of Deprivation Affecting Children, Walsall is the 19th most deprived Local Authority in the country.

38% of children in Walsall live in poverty after housing costs and over 30% of children are in receipt of free school meals.

Walsall is an ambitious local authority that wants to achieve excellence for all the children, young people and families in our borough.

About working for Children’s Services:

'Walsall Right 4 Children' sets out our vision of ensuring that children are supported in the right place with by the right services for as long as it’s needed to ensure that they are safe from harm, happy and learning well. We are proud that we have created a culture where there is effective, inclusive, high-quality practice and provision connected with our communities, combined with meaningful and purposeful partnerships, focused on the direct pursuit of improved outcomes for Walsall’s children, young people and families. The outcome of this was endorsed by our latest ILAC inspection in 2021 and JTAI inspection in 2022.

About the role:

As a Principal Social Worker you will provide leadership to social workers and practitioners and represent their views to senior managers. As the successful Principal Social Worker you will be responsible for the development of social work practice and practice systems, promoting best practice which positively responds and supports Walsall Council to meet the needs of children, young people and their families.

You will gather, coordinate and represent the experiences of Social Workers to the Director of Children’s Services and elected members and will influence strategic and organisational decision making.

You will also have responsibility for the Safeguarding and Review Service, with a focus on the development of a Quality Assurance system that specifically focusses on securing the best outcomes for children and families.

You will also be responsible for developing and championing innovative practice and create the most optimum conditions for social work practice to flourish.

About you:

This is a key leadership role in our organisation, so naturally we’re looking for extensive experience of leading and managing diverse teams, as well as a background previously working with vulnerable children, families, statutory bodies and voluntary services .

We are looking for an inspirational leader who is able to secure the confidence of social workers. You will have significant knowledge and expertise in practice and delivery of scial work for children across a range of settings.

You will have detailed knowledge of current legislation, national standards and best practice affecting children’s services, knowledge of national strategies and frameworks and detailed knowledge of qualification and professional accreditation for social work learning and career pathways with specific reference to the Early Career Pathway for social workers.

You will have experience of developing and implementing practice frameworks during a period of change for social workers following the publication of ‘stable homes built on love’ and the subsequent amended Working Together 2024, National Practice Framework and other relevant guidance.

You must hold a social work qualification.

Your qualifications will be complemented by your exceptional skillset - including substantial experience of working in a leadership role including improving service quality and leading on the development of integrated services provision, building strong and positive relationships, effective communication, sound concise judgement, analytical thinking, teamwork and inclusivity in your approach.

View Job Description and Employee Specification

Important note: When completing your online application form, you will be asked to enter supporting information. You must enter a detailed supporting information statement describing how your skills, abilities and experience meet the specific criteria included in the employee specification. If you do not include a supporting information statement, you will not be shortlisted. Please also ensure that you complete the work history and qualifications sections of your application form. Please do not add a CV as we do not accept them. Please see our Information for Applicants leaflet for further information.

Closing date for applications will be the 11th April 2024

Interviews will take place on the 18 April 2024


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Living in Walsall

FROZENPart of the Black Country, famous for its enterprising and industrial past, Walsall is reinventing itself to become a progressive modern community. The borough is centred around the major town of Walsall, but also includes five smaller and distinctive district centres (Bloxwich, Aldridge, Willenhall, Darlaston and Brownhills), together with numerous villages.


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Social Work Matters - Children's Social Worker Recruitment

Some of our children require a special kind of support: yours.  Visit our web page to find out more about joining Walsall Council as a Children's Social Worker. 

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