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Social Worker.1770

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Permanent
Working Pattern:
Part time
Advert Start Date:
17/06/2020
Advert End Date:
05/07/2020 23:59
Salary:
£32,029 - £35,934 pro rata
Hours per week:
18.5
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
198214
Employment Location:
"3 Esther Court, Ashington"
Closing date:
5 Jul
Further Information

Family Placement Service - Social Worker 18.5 Hours
Permanence Team

The Council
At Northumberland County Council we are proud of our employees, who are passionate and committed to improving outcomes for our children and young people, ensuring that they feel safe, healthy, happy and ready to learn and achieve.

We place children and young people at the heart of all we do and aim to provide a quality service to ensure that children in care get the best possible outcomes. Children thrive in stable and loving families. Sometimes birth parents are unable to care for their children themselves. Getting the best possible care for these children is one of our most important corporate parent responsibilities.

The role

An opportunity has risen for qualified part-time social worker (18.5 hours per week) to join the team at the Family Placement Service. We are looking for an experienced social worker with a minimum of three year post qualifying experience in statutory social work.

The social work post is in the Child Permanence Team. The post involves childcare adoption responsibilities such as the completion of Child Permanence Reports (CPRs), supporting family finding activity in partnership with the Adopt North East (regional adoption agency) and matching and placing children with their adopters. It also includes supporting children and their adopters post placement until the making of an Adoption Order. The role will include more general looked after child functions such as statutory visits and oversight of care planning.

You will hold a case-load and work with other agencies and disciplines to ensure that an effective and holistic service response is provided. You will work closely with the social workers in both the area teams and in the fostering team.

You will be part of a creative, enthusiastic and dynamic Family Placement Service. You will work with other partners and stakeholders to make sure the voice of the child is taken into consideration. As a Service, we will provide you with excellent support and supervision together with genuine opportunities for personal development.

We are offering:
-A competitive salary of £32,029 - £35,934 (pro -rata dependent on grade and experience) with a wide range of additional benefits
-Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (or other pension scheme)
-A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision
-Regular supervision
-A supportive environment
-Career progression opportunities
-A generous remuneration package
-Induction, support and mentoring from day one in post
-Flexible working arrangements

Essential requirements:
-You will have excellent communication skills and be able to convey complex messages in a straightforward way, both verbally and in writing.
-You will not be afraid to think creatively to solve problems.
-You will be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of children, young people and families.
-You will always want to hear the young person's voice and ensure that this is taken into account.
-You will be passionate about maximising a child’s life chances to improve their overall outcomes
-You will understand the importance of performance information and your contribution to maintaining high standards.
-You will have experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment
-You will be able to contribute to the development of the service.
-You will have a sound knowledge base of the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Child and Family Social Work and the application of Professional Capabilities Framework which will be embedded within all elements of your practice.

You must hold a relevant Social Work qualification such as the Social Work Degree, DipSW, CQSW or CSS and be registered with Social Work England. You should also have a minimum of three years post qualifying experience.

Closing date for applications is 5th July 2020.
Interviews will take place the week beginning the 20th July 2020.

For further information, please contact Helen Hartness,Team Manager - Family Placement Service on 01670 626262 for an informal discussion.

Northumberland County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sectors of the community. We recognise the difficulties that transgender applicants in particular may face during a recruitment process; any concerns regarding the process can be discussed with Claire Coe (Trans HR Support Officer) on 01670 623 130 or email claire.coe01@northumberland.gov.uk We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. All applications to work on a part-time will be considered in line with the requirements of the post and the needs of the service.

If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please contact Catherine Dixon on 01670 620258 or email hrrecruitment@northumberland.gov.uk.