Enhanced Social Work Practitioner - Children and Families Service

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 13/01/2019 23:59
Grade 12 £35,229 - £39,002 plus a £2,500 lump sum recruitment and retention allowance (reviewed annually) is applied to these posts.
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
An approved location
Closing date:
13 Jan
Further Information

Children and Young Peoples Services - Children’s Social Care – Children and Families Service

Vacancy Reference No: CYPS/18/368A

Enhanced Social Work Practitioners

Salary: Grade 12 £35,229 - £39,002 plus £2,500 lump sum recruitment and retention allowance (reviewed annually) is applied to these posts.

Are you an experienced social worker ready for the next step in your career?

Our new Enhanced Social Work Practitioner posts are an excellent opportunity to stay in frontline social work practice, holding a reduced caseload and mentor newly qualified social workers as they build their professional confidence and skills.

You will play a really important role in supporting Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) in our Families First teams. You will act as a mentor, working alongside the NQSWs, consistently modelling outstanding social work practice and skill, and providing ongoing support and guidance to the NQSWs on their cases. You will:

• Provide support to the NQSWs to help them build their confidence.
• Lead weekly meetings which incorporate thinking using the Signs of Safety model about cases, encourage the NQSWs to hold multiple hypotheses, encourage peer challenge and critical reflection in decision-making.
• Provide ongoing support and guidance to the NQSWs on their cases, co-working more complex cases.
• Work closely with the Practice Leads in the Social Work Academy and the Team Manager to ensure that the NQSWs have appropriate caseloads in terms of number and complexity, and that their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) progresses well.

Please note that:
• This post is a case holding frontline social work post with additional mentoring responsibilities. Line management of the NQSWs will be carried out by the team manager.
• You and your NQSWs will work as a peripatetic unit, moving location when necessary to meet the needs of the Service. It is anticipated that moves will not take place more frequently than 6-12 months to minimise changes of social worker for children, young people and families.
Like all our Social Workers you will benefit from:
• A senior leadership team that listens and cares about you and your work.
• Excellent opportunities for career progression, whether you want to broaden your experience as a social worker or step into management.
• Professional development pathways for every stage of your career.
• A clear professional development offer, supported by a commitment to offering you 5 days a year to spend in continuous professional development (CPD), and opportunities to access specialist training.
• A culture of high expectations, high challenge and high support.
• A culture, which takes pride in and actively celebrates social work.

You can read more about these and other benefits of working in Durham in the attached document.

Removal, lodging and separation expenses may be available to you, if at the time of application for appointment you place of residence is outside the administrative area of County Durham and in excess of 30 miles in a straight line from the their new administrative centre, along with a number of other criteria for eligibility.

Please note that the £2,500 lump sum recruitment and retention allowance (reviewed annually) is applied to these posts.

An information session for interested candidates to find out more about these new posts is scheduled to take place on Friday 21 December 2018 at Seaham Contact Centre between 10.00 – 11.00am. To book a place contact Developmentandlearningchildren@durham.gov.uk If you are unable to attend the information session and would like an informal discussion about the post please contact Stuart Williams, Operations Manager Tel: 03000 266949 or e-mail: Stuart.Williams@durham.gov.uk

Required qualifications:
Degree in social work or equivalent social work qualification, e.g. Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work (PDDipSW) Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), Diploma in Social Work (DipSW), Certificate in Social Services (CSS) AND Current HCPC Registration.

The successful applicant for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 21 January 2019.

Apply on-line or for further assistance contact the HR Operations & Data Team on Telephone: 03000 267247 (24hr answerphone). Email: hrCYPS@durham.gov.uk

In line with the County Council’s Recruitment & Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CV’s. Any information provided on CV’s will not be considered for short-listing purposes.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with North East Jobs, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email after the closing date for notification from ‘DONOTREPLY@NORTHEASTJOBS.ORG.UK’ as you will not be notified by any other means.

Please note
This job is closed for applications.