Social Worker - Kinship Care

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
26/09/2019 23:59
£27,905 - £37,849 Annually
Hours per week:
37 hours per week
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
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Closing date:
26 Sep
Further Information

Darlington Children’s Services are implementing Strengthening Families - Family Valued Programme

To build on our journey of strengths-based practice and support for our families in Darlington, we are looking to expand our work significantly as we are adopting and implementing the Leeds Strengthening Families ethos. This is an exciting time to be part of the next phase of this vibrant programme which aims to:

· Support the council to safely and appropriately reduce the need for children and young people to enter the looked after system

· Create the conditions for good social work practice by supporting the development of a borough wide culture and ethos of restorative and relational working

· Improve the effectiveness of Local Authority Children’s Services

We are seeking enthusiastic, energetic and motivated individuals who want to be
part of our next exciting chapter. You will be fundamental in creating an environment that supports and enables relational practice, building local capacity, relationship and skills and innovation as part of a whole system reform.

We are expanding our Fostering Service to focus on completing high quality assessments of Kinship Carers, coordinating comprehensive support packages to both the carers and the children they care for. Please note: these roles are not suitable for Newly Qualified Social workers within 12-18 months post-qualifying.

For detailed information on this role, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.

What’s in it for you!
You will benefit from working in a compact Borough where managing a caseload is not hindered by travel, giving you more time with children and families. You will have access to regular training, reflective supervision and support from senior managers.

We have a strong commitment to professional development throughout all our children’s service areas, with a training programme that is workforce-led, with strong links to supervision, appraisal and audit. Our refreshed progression model further compliments personal and professional growth, with a structure that optimises succession planning into management roles. We support and encourage involvement throughout all areas, with regular opportunities readily available through a range of forums, which also focus on building resilience and well-being.

We are progressive and forward thinking and it is an ideal time to join us and be an integral part of our exciting journey to good within a modern and dynamic service that supports our children to thrive.

If you would like an informal discussion about these roles, please contact Bronwen Smith, Service Manager Children’s Placement Services on 01325 406796 or Jane Shade, Team Manager Fostering and Supported Lodgings on 01325 406107.

We have a number of other roles currently available to support this exciting programme, so please look for our other adverts for Advanced Practitioner – Family Group Conferencing Lead and Relational Practice, Specialist Edge of Care Social Workers, Family Group Conference Facilitators and Virtual School Education Officer.

We will be holding a Strengthening Families launch event on 24th September 2019 where you can hear more about this exciting new project. If you would like to attend this event please contact Chris Bell via chris.bell@darlington.gov.uk.