Child and Family Social Work Practitioner
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Grade I £31371 to £36876
5% Recruitment and Retention Awarded
Social Care - Children Service
The Civic Centre Gateshead
We are seeking to recruit a Child and Family Social Worker to join our Safeguarding and Care Planning Service. 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. The successful applicant will join a highly effective and motivated team who are committed to continuous improvement following our 'good' Ofsted judgement in May 2019.
We are looking for a social work practitioner who firmly believes in the power of strength-based and relational social work, who can address behaviours linked to adult and childhood trauma and compromised child/parental relationships.
The successful applicant 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, assessment and social work methodologies, including an awareness of systemic approaches. Successful applicants will be empathic, enabling and resilient, with a 'can do' approach. They will be comfortable in reaching evidence-based decisions and able to exercise professional authority appropriately. They will be team players with a proven ability to work constructively with other professional groups.
Our aim is to achieve the best possible outcomes for our children and young people. Our Safeguarding and Care Planning Service has a strong and stable workforce, who tell us that they enjoy working for Gateshead. Our staff offer includes a range of training and development opportunities to equip workers with the tools to achieve the highest standard of practice. Our culture recognises the value of our staff by supporting social workers through reflective supervision, accessibility to senior managers and manageable caseloads.
It is essential that applicants have a current driving licence and access to a car or means to mobility support.
As an employee of Gateshead Council, you will 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 and annual leave purchase scheme as well as a variety of staff offers and discounts.
If successful you will be required to apply for an enhanced disclosure.
During the selection process candidates will be assessed against the Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities as set out in the job profile.
For an informal discussion, please contact Chris O’Reilly on (0191) 433 3865.