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Senior Social Worker - Family and Friends Assessment

Birmingham Children's Trust
Birmingham, West Midlands
Salary up to £53,474 (salary includes retention payment) - see advert for details
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

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Salary up to £53,474 (salary includes retention payment of £5,000 per annum). Plus, we offer an incentive payment of £1,000 (subject to Tax & NI deductions); & a Relocation Package of up to £8,000. Terms & Conditions will apply).

About us and the role:

It has never been a more exciting time to work for Birmingham Children’s Trust’s Family and Friends Service, as we continue our progressive journey to implement improvements for our children, kinship carers as well as our dedicated workforce. We have been rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted and strive to be an outstanding fostering service.

This is a Senior Social Worker role based in one of the three Kinship Assessment Teams. The successful candidate will be responsible for undertaking a manageable caseload of Kinship assessments including fostering and special guardianship assessments, through both private and public law proceedings. As a member of our Kinship Assessment Teams, you will be joining a welcoming, experienced, highly supportive and stable service which works hard and celebrates our achievements and good practice. We work closely and cooperatively with our colleagues within the Fostering Service as well as our Safeguarding and Children in Care colleagues and legal representatives.

About you:

  • You will be a qualified, SWE registered social worker.
  • We are looking for social workers who are able to demonstrate their experience working with kinship carers and who share our vision about providing an outstanding service to all of our kinship carers and children who are placed within our service.
  • Experience of completing high quality, analytical court reports within strict court timescales is desirable, as the work is interesting, often complex and challenging but is crucial to achieving placement stability and permanence for our children.
  • You should be able to work on your own initiative and be able to demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively with colleagues.
  • You will have a good working understanding of relevant care planning and fostering legislation and be able to confidently work within fostering regulations, national minimum standards and safeguarding procedures.
  • You will have assessment and report writing skills that are analytical, evidence based and demonstrate professional curiosity and respectful challenge.

Our offer to you:

  • A highly competitive salary up to £53,474 (this is made up of a basic salary with a retention payment of £5,000 per annum).
  • Additionally there is an incentive payment of £1,000 and a Relocation Package of up to £8,000 subject to tax and NI deductions - T's & C's will apply.
  • A generous annual leave package of 30 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, rising to 33 days after 5 years of service and 35 days after 10 years of service.
  • Free on-site parking.
  • Full reimbursement of your annual Social Work England registration fee
  • Flexible and mobile working policy - we are well adapted to a hybrid model of working which includes a combination of time spent in the office and at home.
  • We are proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

To find out more about the Trust please visit our website

To find out more about our other financial offer and amazing rewards and benefits click HERE

To find out more about Birmingham as a place to live click HERE

If you would like to know more about the role and Family and Friends Service  please contact:

Natasha Al-mossili –Team Manager, Family and Friends Assessment – Tel: 07703 373371     

Michael Sally – Team Manager, Family and Friends Assessment – Tel: 07510 369796        

or watch our podcasts using the links below

Podcast - Episode 26 - Senior Social Workers 

Podcast - Episode 27 - Senior Social Workers


There has never been a more exciting time to join Birmingham Children’s Trust as we celebrate our GOOD Ofsted status which we are immensely proud of. Birmingham Children’s Trust is going from strength to strength.

At Birmingham Children’s Trust we aim to be one dedicated team with a single unwavering focus – to improve the outcomes for children, young people and families in Birmingham. 

We recognise that to achieve this we need the best, most talented, innovative and committed people to join us.

You will be part of a diverse and vibrant community of social work and support service professionals who are outcomes focussed and operate with a strong team ethos.

Being part of that team has responsibilities too; we want everyone, no matter what their role in the Trust, to bring their best self to work every day, to engage with the day to day challenges positively and to be supportive of and trust in each other.

We care about our people and that’s what will make us an Employer of Choice for social workers, children’s services and associated support services.

Company info
0121 464 1560
1 Lancaster Circus
West Midlands
B4 7DJ

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