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Closed for applications on 29/03/2019 12:00
£32,233 to £36,153 pa Career Grade (Bar at £34,106)
Social Care - Children Service
POST-ASYE SOCIAL WORKER
(CONTACT AND REFERRAL (CRT), SUPPORTING AND STRENGTHENING FAMILIES (SSF), AND INTEGRATED LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN (ILAC))
£32,233 to £36,153 pa Career Grade (Bar at £34,106)
South Tyneside Children and Families Social Care is not just any old LA Childrens and Families Social Care Service – it’s a “good” one striving to be outstanding, looking for experienced social workers who want the opportunity to practice well, develop skills and specialisms, share their experience and knowledge and progress their career whilst offering an outstanding service to our children and young people and their families. We know what we are good at and what we are improving, and we are focused on supporting staff and allowing them the environment to do this. We have been through restructure, realignment and continue on our improvement journey to the next level of outstanding practice.
South Tyneside is one of the North East’s smaller Local Authorities and we believe that “good things come in small packages”. Being a smaller Local Authority, we have the advantage of a senior leadership team who know our social workers and understand our strengths and challenges.
We have the opportunity to offer dedicated and passionate social workers the opportunity to join our service. In return for your skills and experience we will provide you the support, training and opportunities to take your practice and career to the next level.
To achieve this we will provide you the following:
• A bespoke ‘core skills’ training programme designed by our specialist training provider;
• Monthly reflective case supervision provided by our trained management team;
• Peer supervisions;
• Monthly personal supervisions to ensure you are supported and have the opportunity to develop and progress your practice and career;
• Access to online research and resource facility;
• A manageable caseload, to ensure you have the time to work with children and families to achieve change and produce your best practice;
• A stable and permanent practice management team;
• A visible and approachable senior management team , who encourage your views and ideas on how we can develop our service;
• A supportive and learning environment. We understand the demands on social workers and what you need to ensure you are able to practice safely;
• Opportunity to enrol on our practice educator training programme, should you wish to help train student social workers;
• A career pathway that will provide you the opportunity to gain the necessary experience to work towards, positions of senior social worker, assistant team manager and management positions;
• Flexible working and the opportunity to take 2 days ‘flexi leave’ per month;
• Mobile working, meaning there are times when you can work from home.
Our workforce say they are well supported, feel safe to practice in a child centred way and are excited by the launch of our Strength Based Approach to working with families. They are excited by the move towards Relational Practice, based on getting to know children, their families and networks around them, working with them and not to them, building the partnership to support them and the training and support they will have to do this from the management team, Director and Members. The training, resource and time is in place to take this to the next step.
The Council place a heavy regard for the service, investing in them continuously and believing in what they do. This allows for innovative and exciting opportunities for staff, the introduction of a Connected Persons Team and Families First (Edge of Care) to support the work of Social Work Teams and allow them to plan and progress things for families in the direction they need is an example of the responsiveness of Senior Leadership to manage the pressure on Social Worker in today’s climate.
We have vacancies for experienced workers due to internal promotion and development opportunities, whether to Snr Practitioner or Practice Manager level, or to new roles such as ASYE mentor who work without an allocated caseload to nurture less experienced staff. There is a recognition that staff have areas of interest and we strive to support them in the training and development of this, for example in Pre-birth, Participation and Sexual Exploitation, where they then foster these skills in developing partnerships with other agencies.
Interested? We would invite you to speak to Social Workers currently practising within the borough in various service areas:
• Integrated Safeguarding and Intervention team/Assessment Teams: Gaynor Hagan (0191) 424 4724.
• Supporting and Strengthening Families Service: Rachel Carnaby (0191) 424 4764.
• Integrated Looked After Children’s Team: Adele Sheardown (0191) 424 2593.
South Tyneside Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment and an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure will be sought along with other relevant pre-employment checks.
To find out more about this role and to apply please visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (0191) 455 4968. BT Typetalkers welcome.
Closing date: Noon, 29 March 2019.
This job is closed for applications.