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Social Worker - Divisional Based Intervention Team DBIT

Posted 6 March by Essex County Council Ended

Social Worker - Divisional Based Intervention Team (D-Bit)


Salary from £27,500 to £35,000 per annum + 4% Flat Rate Allowance (for flexible working)

Permanent contract

Full Time - 37 hours hours a week

Please note that this vacancy is able to accept applications from Newly Qualified Social Workers.


The divisional based intervention teams (D-BIT) have been operational in children's social care (CSC) since early 2012. The team has a proven track record of improving outcomes for young people and their families and addressing areas where there are difficulties in the relationships that exist between family members so that young people can continue to live safely within their homes and family networks. These teams are a key element of the current children's social care strategy to drive down the need for care placements, particularly for older children, and are working in partnership with a range of other innovative services to provide early help and intensive intervention across the spectrum of need.

D-BIT work on a voluntary basis with young people aged 8 -17 who are on the edge of care or custody. The teams work with the whole family utilising strengths based and solution focused methodology to support them in developing and implementing sustainable, long term, solutions to their problems. Intervention is intensive and time limited and as a consequence caseloads are comparatively small and offer the opportunity for direct and frequent engagement at the heart of families.

This role with the D-BIT Service will require staff to work a basic week (Mon - Fri) but also to be able to work flexibly, which will include some evenings and occasional weekend activity. We pay a 4% flat rate enhancement in acknowledgement of this requirement.

Why work for our team in Chelmsford?

  • 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 will have a Diploma or Degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent and Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Social Worker. Be able to demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS)

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 should 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
  • Excellent opportunities for personal and professional development through our specialist learning and development teams
  • Extensive induction programmes
  • Annual leave entitlement of up to 29 days per year (depending upon grade and length of service)
  • 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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