Social Worker - Assessment and Intervention - Braintree

Posted 8 March by Capita Managed Services

Social Worker - Assessment and Intervention Team


Salary from £30,000 to £35,000 per annum


Full Time Contract - 37 hours a week

Please note that this role is unable to accept applications from newly qualified social workers.

The Role

Our Children and Families function delivers direct provision of services relating to vulnerable children, young people and complex families. These services will be delivered against specifications set by the Education function in line with the council's overarching outcomes. The role reports directly to a team manager and will be a member of a small team of children, young people and families professionals focused on delivering excellent social work practice within given area of service including, but not limited to assessment and intervention, family support and protection, children in care and leaving care, fostering and adoption. The post holder is responsible for bringing to bear the highest possible standards in social work practice, ability and skills, working in accordance with defined legal frameworks, policy and procedures.

Assessment and Intervention Team

The assessment and intervention teams (A&I) are the gateway by which children, young people, parents and carers, and other agencies gain access to the Children and Families services of the council. The aim of the assessment and intervention team is to undertake incoming assessment and short-term intervention work with families.

Assessment and intervention teams work in a focused way with those children in need (CIN) and their families offering three months intervention. They also deal with section 47 child protection enquiries and work jointly with the police and other partners in assessing immediate risk for children that come to our attention. They transfer cases into longer term teams should families require longer term intervention or the children become subject to a child protection plan or come into care of the local authority.

Why work for our team in Mid?

  • Excellent and regular supervision (case/development/reflective/systemic)
  • We have regular structured peer supervisions as well as informal supervisions
  • Team managers are committed to ensuring that their staff have a good work/life balance and their workers' wellbeing is a priority
  • We have a mix of abilities in the team from ASYE to senior practitioners and we can share knowledge and development
  • Our mid quadrant is in the centre of Essex, Chelmsford and Braintree both have mainline rail links to London thus travel is easy. The location means that social work in mid has both rural and urban locations
  • Mid social workers are based in modern, friendly and pleasant offices in Chelmsford and Braintree which have good links to motorways
  • The community in mid is very diverse and the services users reflect this, the work we do is varied
  • The cases in mid are reflective of the other three quadrants, we work hard to ensure that caseloads are manageable which allows time for direct work with families, using strength and relationship based models of working
  • Mid have unique senior practitioner and duty senior roles that support development and progression of social workers through the service
  • Essex have a flexible working policy programme that, where possible, fits with family life and work life balance
  • There is the opportunity to enhance your experience in court work as well as child protection and child in need practice policies and procedures
  • Very keen on accommodating NQSW`s where possible

What you'll need to join our Social Work teams

To play a key part in transforming the lives of children and families, you'll be a BA Social Work, DIPSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent graduate. This will be backed up by post-qualification experience as a children's social worker. Open to change and ready to innovate, you will be keen to join an environment where you can stretch yourself professionally, make an impact individually and deliver positive outcomes collaboratively.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

Qualification certificates must be brought to interview.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all of its employees, including:

  • A Local Government pension scheme
  • Interest free bus and rail season ticket loans, from £100-£5,000 as well as pool bikes and a car sharing scheme
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Annual leave entitlement of up to 29 days per year (depending upon grade and length of service)
  • Excellent opportunities for personal and professional development through our specialist learning and development teams
  • Extensive induction programmes
  • Continued service benefits
  • Staff discounts in gyms/travel agencies/car sales/restaurants and days out

Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us.

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