Senior Social Workers - Safeguarding & Assessment Team (SAAT)

£34,788 to £39,782 depending on experience
03 Oct 2019
31 Oct 2019
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Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and families?

Do you have previous experience in Social work and have worked within a similar setting?

If so, we are now recruiting for Social Workers and are looking for individuals just like you!

There are 12 great reasons to work with us in Sandwell Children’s Trust

We are seeking talented Social Workers to join our Safeguarding and Assessment Team, who can make a positive contribution to the lives of children and families and who can ensure the voice of the child is at the centre of our intervention. Vulnerable children and families have a voice and their views will impact on how the service is shaped.

We believe that the growth and development of our staff is essential if we are to deliver outstanding outcomes for the most vulnerable children. You will receive good quality supervision and support, continuous professional development and attractive employee benefits, we want you to make a real difference in children’s lives.

At Sandwell Children’s Trust, our purpose is clear – “improving the lives of children and young people” is at the heart of everything we do. We believe in providing the best possible work environment and opportunities for our staff, where together with an inspirational leadership team we strive to serve our purpose of improving the lives of children and young people.

As a valued Senior Social Worker within Sandwell Children’s Trust, you will use your wealth of post-qualifying experience to make a real difference to the children of Sandwell. Championing best practice, you will safeguard and promote their welfare, ensuring all legislative requirements are met.

The Safeguarding and Assessment Teams respond to all new referrals with timely intervention and assessment. You will play a pivotal role in developing effective relationships with children and their families to identify their needs and agree plans with families to achieve change. You will have a good knowledge of minimum standards and be able to achieve our expectation for promoting change in family life. You will complete single assessments, undertake s47 investigations, use a range of direct work tools to evidence the child’s voice in your assessments and plans, work in partnership with agencies to identify support and inform plans, present children at Initial Child Protection Conference, chair Child in Need meetings, initiate pre-proceedings and Court work. We work a six-week s47 duty rota which promotes a good work-life balance.

 What can we offer you? 

  • Competitive salary £34,788 - £39,782 depending on experience.
  • Up to £6,500 relocation payment (subject to terms & conditions).
  • Sandwell Children’s Trust will make a commitment to your continuous learning and development and dedicate 15 days per year to your professional development and also offer learning placements of up to 6 months to expand your knowledge.
  • You will have access to a range of wellbeing offers and initiatives and you will be provided with ICT equipment to promote agile working.
  • A commitment to manageable caseloads as a result of our effective duty system to promote effective social work practice.
  • Regular, reflective supervision and support to promote your learning and development.


What you need to be successful in this role

You must be Social Work qualified with a good level of experience in working in a children and families setting.

Experience of Court work

A sound knowledge of legislation and guidance.

Ability to analyse information and make informed decisions.

Good knowledge of child development

A clear decision maker and good team worker.

A current Enhanced DBS and registration with the HCPC.

An Enhanced DBS is required for this position and registration with the HCPC.

Sandwell Children's Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups including children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. 


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