Our client is looking for committed and innovative Senior Practitioners or Consultant Social Workers who have strong leadership skills to join our Safeguarding teams. This is an exciting opportunity to shape children’s social work by working closely with management while still remaining hands on.
This role will include holding a small caseload of complex work while transitioning into a management position. You will be a role model for good social work practice and use your experience to develop less experienced staff. You will have passion for achieving better outcomes for vulnerable children and their families and this will be demonstrated through applying theory and research to frontline practice. Your enthusiasm for continued professional development will be put to the test as you make the transition into your first management role. This will include conducting supervision meetings and supporting other members of the team and providing management cover in the Team Manager’s absence. We will invest in your professional development to empower you to make positive changes in your career.
About our Teams:
Assessment - The Assessment Teams undertake single child and family assessments for those circumstances where our Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub has identified the need for a social work assessment.
Family Safeguarding - Family Safeguarding Teams are multi-agency teams that work with Child Protection and Child in Need cases and conduct the majority of our care proceedings. These are multi-disciplinary teams consisting of professionals in children’s and adult social work, domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental health will work together to tackle the root causes of risk in families. These teams have the benefit of police support two days per week to assist with aggressive or evasive families and police colleagues will do out of hours visits during evenings and weekends to families on this programme to check on their welfare. Our clinical psychology service will support PLO and proceedings work with specialist assessments.
Children Looked After - These teams are responsible for providing high quality support and planning for children and young people who are in long term foster care, residential care and semi-independent care up until the age of 18. You will be supported by a dedicated Health team and Virtual School as well as a Brokerage Team that will find the most suitable placement. The service is supported by two Adolescent Resource Centres with emergency assessment beds and a treatment fostering support team.
Our Client is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all of our employees. This includes:
•Competitive starting salary of between £37,858 and £40,619 depending on experience
•Welcome payment of £1000 for all external appointments
•Market Forces payment of up to £5000 (£4000 for CLA teams)
•Relocation Expenses of up to £6000 for those candidate that need to relocate forthe role
•Car lease scheme
•Free parking at all of our sites
•Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
•Flexible working arrangements including working from home and flexi time
•Up to 33 days annual leave entitlement
•Staff discounts in gyms, travel agents, car sales, restaurants and days out - please visit www.hertsrewards.co.uk for more details
You will have comprehensive knowledge of the challenges associated with working with children and their families. You should already have sufficient experience of staff supervision and management and be at the height of your social work career. Applicants for the role will need a professional Social Work qualification and be HCPC registered.