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Social Worker - Family Safeguarding Team

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Russells Hall Estate, Corbyn Road, Dudley
£33,024 to £43,421 (plus £7000.00 per annum Market Forces Supplement) - salary subject to experience
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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Social work; Children - Qualified
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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 and grade subject to experience)

 Are you ….

  • Enthusiastic and passionate with a genuine care for helping and supporting children and families?
  • Keen to make a difference to our children and work creatively to help keep families together wherever safely possible?
  • A team player who wants to be part of our multi-agency team of driven practitioners who work hard to achieve best outcomes for our children?
  • Someone who can thrive under pressure as part of a fast-paced environment?
  • Someone who has ambition, creativity, and a desire to learn?
  • Do you want to be supported to excel in your career through our career progression programme?

Our Family Safeguarding Service is a friendly, supportive team made up of Social Workers, Advanced Practitioners, Child Practitioners, Drug and Alcohol Workers, Probation Officers, Domestic Abuse Workers, and Mental Health Practitioners, all striving to make a difference and achieve the best outcomes for our children.

We believe our children deserve the consistency and stability in the support provided. Our service works with families right from the Front Door as part of initial assessments, supporting children on child in need plans, child protection plans, pre-proceedings, and care proceedings. Our service will give you the opportunity to expand your skills, knowledge, and confidence within front line safeguarding practice, with the support of our committed and supportive management team.

Family Safeguarding is a whole family approach to working with children and families that supports parents to create sustained change for themselves and for their family. Together in Dudley we believe every family has a right to help and support for their children and our Family Safeguarding Programme supports Practitioners to creatively support families to recognise their strengths and be supported to overcome their difficulties.

If you are passionate about working with children, are motivated to make a difference, and have a desire to help and support others then we want to hear from you!

What can we offer you?

Dudley Family Safeguarding service is proud to have permanent Service Managers and Team Managers. Our managers will ensure you have regular supervisions to guide and develop your practice and help you achieve your career aspirations.

We are a service that embraces the skills and qualities that each of our social workers contribute to work together to drive best practice and keeping children at the heart of all we do.

Your development will be supported through our comprehensive training offer which includes support from our Centre for Professional Practice, career development, as well as internal and external training opportunities.

We offer a competitive salary, which includes the Market Forces Payment of £7000 per annum.

We offer 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.

All new employees receive a comprehensive induction.

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 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:

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 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 @

For further information on Dudley Children's Social Care please go to

Please take a look at our promotional video

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  who can support with Digital Skills and Job Applications.  

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

Attached documents
Career Progression Framework and Pay Scales - Final July 2021.docx
Benefits List


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’

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, Dudley Borough Vision for 2030, Forging a Future for All and key information about the borough and its communities at All about Dudley Borough

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