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Advanced Social Worker - Newcastle AST

Employer
Staffordshire County Council
Location
Newcastle-under-Lyme
Salary
£42,403 - £46,464 plus car allowance £963 per a
Closing date
17 Jun 2024
Reference
staffscc/TP/919/2161

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

Job Details

Life-changing work.
Game changing support.

With additional support from PA’s and a new operating model we’re making sure our social workers can do what they do best!

Our Social Workers make a huge difference to the lives of people across our county. They take pride in supporting children and families and we’re equally proud to help them give their best in whatever ways we can. That’s why you can expect everything from agile and flexible working options to exceptional learning and development if you join our team. You can also expect our commitment to creating the best service we can.

Although we’re already rated as ‘Good’ by OFSTED, we’re determined to uphold the highest standards and drive continual improvement and learning. That’s why we’ve recently gone through an exciting transformation, underpinned by a restorative practice model, which focuses on keeping families together through a community-based approach. If you’ve not worked in this way before, don’t worry – we’ll give you full training to bring you up to speed.

Working with us means collaborating across our different teams, and sharing best practice, knowledge, and experience to continually improve the way we do things. Support is important, as we work in a big county with some diverse challenges – but together we can meet all kinds of needs and demands.

Main Responsibilities

Covering Newcastle in the Assessment and Staying Together Team you will be working with families across the continuum of need from Child In Need through to the conclusion of Care Proceedings.

Working within a District Model you will work closely with your colleagues in Early Help, Children in Care and Care Leavers and Children with Disabilities Team. As well as our colleagues in health and education.

  • You will be responsible for completing your statutory duties in co ordinating the child’s plan, reviewing and ensuring that our children are seen and heard.
  • Undertake section 47 investigations
  • Undertake placement of children into Local Authority care, when it is agreed they can no longer remain at home
  • Be responsible for the completion of both Private and Public law reports
  • Be responsible for referring into our centralised services for specialist support/ services.
The Ideal Candidate

More generally, overall, our social workers need to be a:

  • Qualified Social Worker with 3 years experience
  • Registered with Social Work England
  • Have a current UK driving licence and vehicle

But above all, you will bring the desire to work with children and families to give them the right support, at the right time with the aim of keeping families together where it is safe to do so.

For more information about this vacancy or for an informal chat please contact Gareth Walker, Team Manager gareth.walker@staffordshire.gov.uk  01782296290

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 Silver 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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