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Social Worker - Children & Family Services

Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 

Salary:£24,801 - £34,653 + market premium 

Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:County Hall , Glenfield , Leicester, Leicestershire 

Reference:CYP1106 

Closing date:30 May 2020 at midnight 


We have vacancies in the following teams/service areas:
   
Due to a successful Growth Bid we are increasing our social work capacity; therefore we have a number of social work vacancies across most service areas.
 
We are also welcoming applications from individuals due to qualify in 2020.  See below for our offer on the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE).
 
First Response Children’s Duty - Full time posts and 1 part time post
Locality Team North - Full time posts
Locality South - Full time posts
Children in Care Service - Full time posts
 
Job shares may be considered where possible.
 
If you are interested in the post read on………
 
About Us
 
At Leicestershire County Council we are committed to doing our very best for vulnerable children and families; working to make a positive impact on their lives so they can achieve their potential and flourish. 
 
We are now looking for new staff as we are in the process of expanding our service areas following a successful ’growth bid’. This additional funding will help us to deliver on our commitment to reduce workloads across Leicestershire improving the work/life balance of our staff. This is an exciting time in Leicestershire! If you are interested in joining a strong and ambitious team and see yourself as a high calibre social worker read on!
 
We want all our staff to be inspired to go the extra mile. We are doing our best to create the sort of culture where practice excellence can flourish. We want to learn from what works, as much, if not more, than from when things go badly – we are ambitious to create a true ‘learning organisation. So…
  • Every year we run three annual conferences for staff to motivate and encourage them to be the best they can be.
  • Our ‘bottom line’ is that every month each team sets aside time for team learning.
  • We are introducing reflective supervision and growing group supervision skills
  • Twice a year our senior leaders take a week out spending time with social workers observing practice and talking to young people and parents and carers about their experience of services.
  • We have given all HCPC registered workers three extra CPD days.
  • Our training offer to social workers is refreshed each year (and is highly valued by our staff).
  • We have a team dedicated to supporting practice excellence who work alongside practitioners offering training and coaching and mentoring to build practitioner confidence
  • We have an explicit practice framework providing a strong foundation for our work with families – setting out the way we ‘do business in Leicestershire’ and making our values and principles absolutely clear.
  • We have embedded the Signs of Safety approach across Social Care and our early help teams and all our teams are trained in this methodology. The approach is now used sub-regionally and there is a strong support network in place in the area.  
  • Our Practice Development Group was established to develop the idea of ‘distributed leadership’ helping staff to collaborate on aspects of practice development.
 
If Leicestershire sounds like an interesting place to work - take a look at our current vacancies.
 
Generally:
 
We take a whole service approach and have exciting opportunities to join as a social worker in various locations
 
In all service areas you are expected to work closely with colleagues across team and agency boundaries to ensure that families get the most appropriate level of support.  At all stages of intervention, you are expected to remain focused on what difference you are making. Signs of Safety is the expected practice methodology.
 
Staff workloads are manageable, and these continue to improve. Managers and staff all have regular monthly supervision. You will be responsible for working directly with children, young people and their families to ensure a positive impact on their lives. 
 
Specific Roles:
 
First Response service (based centrally at County Hall). 
 
You will be joining a strong service which has benefited from investment and a comprehensive review pf process. Social Workers work across our screening and assessment groups with small staff teams of up to six. We have recently been granted funding for an extra team enabling us to achieve timely assessments and manageable workloads.   Our Social Workers are supported by a Senior Practitioner and a Team Manager in each team who work to ensure that incoming work is carefully considered and decision making robust and child focused. The Service Manager focuses on quality, standards and performance.
 
Locality Child in Need and Child Protection services (based North and South of the County over 4 locality offices).  
 
You will be joining a service which provides a locality-based offer to children who are subject to CIN and CP plans including where Court proceedings are instigated.  A POD model is in place and you will have the support of Team Managers and Senior Practitioners. You will practice using the Signs of Safety approach and will be provided with training. Additional support services are in place to enhance the quality of intervention provided by the social workers in this service area.  A locally based Service Manager provides oversight and guidance on high risk cases and provide focus on quality, standards and performance across the locality. 
 
Children in Care and Care Leavers Service (based centrally at County Hall).
 
The children in care service works across Children in Care, Care Leavers, 16+homeless teenagers, and Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children. This service provides support and advice to children and young people throughout their time in care to enable them to make positive life choices. The teams are made up of senior practitioners and social workers as well as personal advisers and support workers.
 
Disabled Children’s Service
 
This is a county-wide service working with disabled children who are supported as Children in Need; children subject to Child Protection Plans; Looked After; as well as children and young people making the transition into Adult Services. There are two teams made up of social workers and childcare support workers, and a team of occupational therapists; each has a Team Manager and Senior Practitioner.  Staff across all SEND services work closely together to support disabled children and their families.
 
Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)
 
In Leicestershire we value the need for newly qualified social workers to feel confident and supported in their social work practice.  We believe the foundations of the ASYE are paramount to building a well-rounded competent worker in the longer term. We are looking to recruit the very best and to secure this we start early!
 
We are now welcoming applications from candidates who are due to complete their course before September 2020 or those who expect to have registration with Social Work England no later than November 2020.  For those looking to start working as soon as possible, we can offer employment as a Support and Assessment Worker until full social work registration is granted later in the year.
 
ASYE Social Workers (Level 1) will be offered:
  • Pay at entry level of Grade 9 (£24,801) until full social work registration is granted.
  • Pay increase to the top level of Grade 9 (£26,925) once full social work registration is granted inclusive of market premium
  • Two intakes of the ASYE programme per year.
  • Protected caseloads during the ASYE year.
  • Dedicated support and ASYE supervision.
  • ASYE training days and time to complete assessment modules.
  • Working as part of the social work teams to increase knowledge and understanding.
  • Plus the other benefits listed for working in Leicestershire.
  
Who we are looking for
  • You will be an energetic and enthusiastic social worker who demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for practice.
  • For Level 2 and 3 social workers, you will have experience of working in statutory children’s services and an in depth understanding of the interventions required to build safety and protect children from harm.
  • For Newly Qualified social workers, you will have the enthusiasm to learn and a passion for working with children and families.
  • You will be able to evidence your skills and knowledge of creative, innovative and relationship-based social work.
  • We definitely want people with energy and people who have a ‘can- do’ attitude; we want people who will help us to build a real culture of reflection and learning. We want team players!
  • You will have a strong and credible professional reputation.
  • You have retained a strong interest in research and the evidence base for practice and are confident about how this can be used in practice
  • Ideally you will already be confident in the application of the Signs of Safety methodology but certainly in the value of relationship-based social work.
 
We hope this sounds like you!
 
Our salaries are competitive; Level 2 Social Worker £27,936 to £31,377 and Level 3 Social Worker £32,094 to £34,653 (plus £3,135 market premium for Level 3) but we know from our own staff that there are other reasons to come to Leicestershire. We hope you agree. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
For more about working in Leicestershire go to:
https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/sites/default/files/field/pdf/2017/11/9/working-at-leicestershire-county-council.pdf    
 
For further information about our services areas:
https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/social-care-and-supporting-families  
 
For more information about our current vacancies please contact Wendy Collins, Service Manager on 0116 3054949.
 
By the Way

A Few More Benefits of working In Leicestershire….
  • Well regarded employee counselling services
  • Free car parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Paid HCPC
  • Lease car scheme
  • Option to purchase of additional leave
  • Discounts at high-street stores and supermarket shopping
  • Special offers on leisure activities and gym memberships


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