Children's Social Worker (LAC & Permanency/Fostering)
LAC & Permanency
We are a vibrant and diverse team covering the city, ensuring the smooth running of a highly efficient social work team carrying out assessments, as part of court proceedings and proactively planning with children and young people who are looked after. Working within a highly regarded, efficient and caring service you will be part of one of four social work teams consisting of a Team Manager, senior practitioner, a children and family worker and a mixture of experienced and newly qualified social workers.
Coventry City Council is investing strongly in its fostering provision with a target to significantly increase the number of looked after children placed with in house foster carers. The service has a commitment to working closely with our foster carers and with children’s social work teams to ensure that fostered children are well cared for and achieve best outcomes. The assessment team has been successful in increasing the number of newly approved foster carers significantly over recent years and is recognised for its market leading recruitment practice.
We are looking for social workers who are committed to achieving the best for our children, young people, and families. We particularly welcome applications from those from under represented backgrounds and all walks of life to give our diverse city the greatest level of support it deserves.
Join us as an experienced Children's Social Worker and you will be delivering on the ground social care to support families across Coventry to devise and implement care plans to ensure children can live at home safely, and intervene where they can’t.
You will work closely with professionals from a range of agencies including health, education and social care, police and youth offending services in order to improve lived experiences for Children.
You will bring your ideas and suggestions to drive our challenging journey of improvement, and put Coventry on the map for delivering more positive outcomes. You’ll be joining a great team of people who are passionate about the city, its people and its exciting prospects.
You will be handling complex but manageable caseloads whilst helping us deliver a strategy that puts children and young people at the beginning, middle and end of everything we do, with all the support and resources you need to do it.
You believe in providing a high-quality service that ensures that the child is at the heart of everything we do.
You will need to have a recognised professional Social Work qualification (MA/BA/BSc in Social Work, Diploma in Social Work or CQSW) and HCPC registration with at least 18 months experience in working with looked after children, child protection, court proceedings and completing assessments within timescales.
Our people are at the heart of what we do, and we’re wholly focused on ensuring our social workers have a career for life with us. In return for your hard-work and efforts, we offer a generous holiday allowance of 27 days, rising to 32 after five years of service, time off in lieu and working from home opportunities for you to balance your work and life as well as possible. We also offer exceptional levels of support, excellent in house learning and development to ensure that you can operate at your peak, manageable caseloads and great progression schemes to allow your career to reach its highest fulfilment in direct practice.
In return, we can offer you an excellent pension scheme, 'MyCar' scheme, flexible working, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at a number of city centre restaurants, shops and other establishments.
Coventry City Council is committed to delivering the best possible services and improving the quality of life for Coventry people. In order to do this effectively we aim to have a workforce that represents the diverse communities we serve, embracing and utilising the broad range of skills, experiences and perspectives this brings.
We are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for all. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition.
This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This post is covered by the Code of Practice on the English language fluency for public sector workers.
Please note we will communicate any interview arrangements with you via email, so please check your email and WMJobs account on a regular basis after submitting your application.
This vacancy and advert will be closed as soon as sufficient applications are received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible.
When recruiting, we review candidates against our Behaviour Framework . To find out more information about the Behaviour Framework please click here.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
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Phone: 024 7678 5740
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