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Social Worker - Family Support & Protection - Colchester

Posted 14 March by Capita Managed Services Ended

Social Worker - Family Support and Protection


Salary from £30,000 to £35,000 per annum pro-rata


Part time contract - 3 days week

Please note that this vacancy cannot accept applications from Newly Qualified Social Workers.

Job Purpose Summary

Managing a defined caseload, the social worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people and families/carers to achieve positive change and improved outcomes. This includes enquiry, assessment, purposeful intervention through direct work and review in relation to Child Protection, Child in Need and Children Looked After, achieving permanency through care for Children in Care.

Family Support and Protection

Family Support and Protection works with families with long term complex issues that are most in need and require sustained intervention for more than 3 months, children subject to child protection plans. This includes reviewing and updating assessments, supporting families to achieve change, Special Guardianship Order assessments, Section 7 court reports, working with children subject to court proceedings who are at home or children subject to Supervision orders.

Why work for Family Support and Protection in Colchester

  • We have 2 Family Support and Protection Teams and we all work closely together which makes for a supportive and nurturing environment.

  • 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 north social workers are based in modern, friendly and pleasant offices in Colchester which is easily accessible from the A12.

  • Free onsite parking for staff.

  • The community in North is very diverse and the services users reflect this, the work we do is varied.

  • The cases in North are reflective of the other 3 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.

  • We 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.

Why not check out what our current team have to say about working in Family Support and Protection Pankaj Nikale - Senior Practitioner

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 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 its employees. For more information please use the following link:

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.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on *.

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

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