Experienced Child and Family Social Work Practitioner

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 25/01/2019 23:59
Grade I/J. £30,756 - £36,153 + 5% Recruitment and Retention Allowance (£1,537 - £1,807).
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Civic Centre
Closing date:
25 Jan
Further Information

We are seeking to recruit experienced Child and Family Social Work Practitioners to our Safeguarding and Care Planning Teams. Job profiles are aligned to the Knowledge and Skills Statement for social workers and the salary offer reflects the calibre of applicant we are looking to attract.
You will join a group of highly effective and motivated staff who are committed to continuous improvement following our 'good' Ofsted judgement.

We are looking for additional practitioners who firmly believe in the power of strength based relational Social Work and have the ability to address behaviours linked to childhood trauma and compromised child/parental relationships and capacity.

Successful applicants will have significant experience of practicing statutory child care Social Work in a multi-disciplinary way. They will have demonstrable skills in planning and delivering interventions with complex and challenging families coupled with the ability to analyse and evaluate complex situations and risk. Their knowledge base will demonstrate a sound understanding of Social Work legislation and statutory guidance, assessment and Social Work methodologies. Successful applicants will be empathic, enabling and resilient with a 'can do', solution focussed approach. They will be comfortable in reaching sound evidence based decisions and able to exercise professional authority appropriately. They will be team players with a proven ability to work constructively with team members and other professional groups.

Our aim is to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people.

Our offer includes a range of training and development opportunities designed to strengthen your CPD and equip you with the tools to perform to the highest standard of practice as well as prepare you for the national assessment and accreditation process. Progression and succession planning is an important aspect of our retention strategy and plans are in place to identify and sponsor the practice supervisors and leaders of the future from within the existing workforce. Our culture recognises the importance of valuing our staff by supporting Social Workers through manageable caseloads, supervision at monthly intervals at a minimum, and accessibility to senior managers.

It is essential that you have a current driving licence and access to a car, or means to mobility support. You must also be IT literate.

As an employee of Gateshead Council you would receive a generous annual leave package (increasing after 5 years), be a member of the Tyne & Wear Pensions Fund and be eligible to access a range of employee benefits such as the child care benefit scheme, annual leave purchase scheme as well as a variety of staff offers and discounts.

During the selection process candidates will be assessed against the Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities as set out in the job profile.

If successful you will be required to apply for an enhanced Disclosure.

Online applications only at www.gateshead.gov.uk

Please note
This job is closed for applications.