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Advanced Social Worker - Children in Care

Staffordshire County Council
Castle House, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffs
£42403 - £46464
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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Job Type
Social work; Children - Qualified
Contract Type
Working Pattern

Job Details

There are exciting new opportunities for experienced social workers via the Social Work progression framework. We are looking for qualified social workers with post qualifying experience of working with vulnerable children and knowledge of safeguarding and children in care.

Career Progression Framework

A career progression framework is in place to support you which also includes:

  • Practice Educator Programme.
  • Aspiring Senior Practice Lead and Aspiring Team Manager programmes.
  • We are ambitious in our learning and development programme with strong links within the West Midlands and our teaching partnership.
Main Responsibilities

Job role within Newcastle Children in Care Team.

As an advanced social worker you will work within the framework of legislation, agreed council policies and procedures to work with or on behalf of children, young people and their families, to improve their well-being, and promote their independence.

You will be supporting families facing challenging situations, and managing complex issues as well as supporting children and young people subject to Care Orders. There will be an expectation as an experienced social worker that you offer informal and formal mentoring to less experienced social workers, and use your practice wisdom to champion specific areas of practice.

The Ideal Candidate

The Ideal Candidate

As an experienced social worker, to apply for this role you must have:

  •  A social work degree and be Social Work England (SWE) registered.
  • Post qualifying experience in social work.
  • Knowledge of legislation and guidance underpinning delivery of children’s social care e.g. Children's Act, Working Together, Adoption Act, Every Child Matters.
  • Full UK Driving Licence.
  • Knowledge and skills in supporting assessment and formulating plans for children and young people.
  • Experience in mentoring.
  • Demonstrated ability in improving outcomes for children and young people.
  • Examples of creative social work practice to keep children and young people within their families where safe to do so.

For an informal discussion please contact Sam Hubszer (Team Manager) 

To find out more about working here take a look at our careers website page for Children and Families here.

About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to Our rewards and benefits - Careers at Staffordshire

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Gold Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.


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