Social Worker – Care Planning & Court Service – Newcastle-Under-Lyme & Stafford District
Salary: £31,371-£35,934 per annum
37 Hours per week
There are currently permanent social work positions in Newcastle-Under-Lyme and a 12-month fixed term position in Stafford.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Care Planning & Court Service as a Social Worker at a time where there is significant investment across Children’s Social Care.
We are committed to working with partners and families to support children and young people to be safe and secure, to promote physical and emotional well-being and to help them achieve their full potential within their communities.
In Staffordshire, we have recently embarked upon the journey of embedding a new practice model, restorative practice. We want to improve the lives of all children and young people, using a whole system approach enabling children to be happy, healthy and safe and supporting families to enable children to remain at home wherever possible. We confidently manage risks and are supported to be courageous and ambitious as an organisation. Restorative approaches are widely accepted as a highly effective way of achieving better outcomes for children, young people and their families.
As a social worker in the care planning and court service you will be responsible for assessments, writing statements and presenting evidence to the court. You will also have responsibility for children who are looked after and ensuring that children achieve the most appropriate and timely permanency plans to meet their needs.
We are looking for qualified Social Workers, ideally with a minimum of 12 months post qualification experience with direct experience working with children and families. Successful applicants will have excellent communication skills, the ability to build relationships with children, families and other professionals alongside a value base committed to striving for the best outcomes for children.
Making sure you are well supported and given the opportunity to develop and progress is a high priority at Staffordshire and is very important to us. We have an excellent staff development programme including a new aspiring team managers programme. To learn more about social work in Staffordshire visit https://www.childrenssocialcarecareers.co.uk/
This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
This position is subject to a criminal records check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) which will require you to disclose details of all unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.
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Closing Date: Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Interview Date: Tuesday 29th September 2020 (Interviews may be facilitated via Microsoft teams)
For more information about the roles please contact: Natalie Mandley, Team Manager on 01782 296290 (Newcastle) or Sarah Owens, Team Manager on 01785 276800 (Stafford).
Please be aware, only application forms completed online will be accepted. We will not accept CV’s or Word application forms.
The County Council has adopted a set of values that seeks to achieve the best outcomes for its citizens, communities and employees.
Our People Strategy sets out what we all need to do to make Staffordshire County Council a great place to work, where people are supported to develop, flourish and contribute to our ambitious plans.
Our values are at the heart of the Strategy to ensure that the focus is on what is important to the organisation and the people it serves:
- Ambitious - We are ambitious for our communities and citizens
- Courageous - We recognise our challenges and are prepared to make courageous decisions
- Empowering - We empower and support our people by giving them the opportunity to do their jobs well.
Benefits for working for us….
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 a range of benefits including:
- An excellent local government pension scheme
- Generous holiday entitlement from 24 up to 33 days (plus 2 extra statutory days and bank holidays) depending on job role and length of service
- The option to buy up to an additional 2 weeks annual leave
- A range of flexible working options, depending on your job role, which includes agile working, flexible retirement
- Family Friendly Policies - maternity, adoption, paternity and parental leave
- Volunteering Scheme
- Training and development opportunities, including coaching and mentoring
- Access to health and wellbeing support (including Occupational Health, Physiotherapy and Counselling Services)
- Eye care vouchers
- Car lease scheme / cycle & car loan scheme / employee car share scheme
- Bus and rail travel discounts