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Social Worker - Children & Family Services

Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 

Salary:Grades 10-11 £28,704 to £35,607 + market premium 

Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:County Hall, Glenfield, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 8RA 


Closing date:31 January 2022 at midnight 

Please Note: There are full-time and part-time positions available
Salary Range:
Grade 10-11 Level 2 Social Worker £28,704-£32,241 (plus £3,283 market premia per annum)
 and for Level 3 Social Worker £32,979-£35,607 (plus £3,283 market premium per annum)

We are committed to a strong and skilled workforce providing high quality services to the children and families of Leicestershire following our relationship-based Signs of Safety practice approach.
We have vacancies in the following teams / service areas for experienced social workers:
  • First Response Children’s Duty at County Hall
  • Loughborough Fieldwork team
  • Coalville Fieldwork team
  • Hinckley Fieldwork team
  • Wigston Fieldwork team
  • Children with disabilities team
  • Children in Care Service
Job shares may be considered where possible
We are looking for experienced social workers who have a minimum of 1 year post qualifying experience and those who have successfully completed the ASYE program.
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 committed to supporting and empowering our staff to be the best workers that they can be. We will give you the support ad resources that you need to work in collaboration with children and families.
We are proud of our Road to Excellence Plan which sets out our key values, behaviours and ambitions. We have embedded the Signs of Safety approach throughout our services and this approach mirrors our values of Aspiration, Being Curious and Collaboration. We are focused on working with families and the networks of family, friends and professionals around children, to work in collaboration to achieve shared goals.  
We are working hard to create a culture and environment where practice excellence can flourish. We want to learn from what works, as much, if not more, than from when things do not – 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 focused on providing 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 SW England 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 and you will be supported in your practice by an experienced management team. 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 Fieldwork Teams (based North and South of the County over 4 locality offices at Hinckley, Coalville, South Wigston and Loughborough)
You will be joining a service which provides a locality-based offer to children who are subject to Child in Need and Child Protection 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; children who are Looked After; young people making the transition into Adult Services.  Staff in the service are social workers, childcare support workers, occupational therapists.  Staff across all SEND services work closely together to support disabled children and their families
Who we are looking for:
  • You will be an energetic and enthusiastic social worker who demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for practice.
  • 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.
  • You will be able to evidence your skills and knowledge of creative, innovative and relationship-based social work, working in collaboration with families and professionals.
  • 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 £28,704-£32,241 (plus £3,283 market premia per annum) and for Level 3 Social Worker £32,979-£35,607 (plus £3,283 market premium per annum) 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: 
For further information about our services areas: 
For more information about our current vacancies please contact Chelbie Shepherd Tel. 0116 305 5973, Email:
If you are a newly qualified social worker and are interested in a post in Leicestershire – please contact Chelbie Shepherd Tel.
0116 305 5973.
By the Way
A Few More Benefits of working In Leicestershire….
  • Well regarded employee counselling services
  • Free car parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Paid SWE
  • 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
We particularly welcome applicants from black, minority, ethnic (BME) communities, disabled people and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities, as they are currently under represented within our workforce.We are on a journey to be an inclusive department where a culture to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion is embedded and discrimination challenged at every level together as a department.  We warmly welcome those from all cultures, ethnicities and beliefs - this diversity is vital to our journey and is fundamental to our values and enriches the services we offer our children and families.
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