Social Workers - Children's Services
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Band 10 - 12 £32.076 - £42,403 pa
Social Care - Children Service
Currently we are also offering a retention payment to experienced Social Workers with no contractual tie in.
Childrens & Joint Commissioning Services have vacancies within the Safeguarding, Assessment and Support Unit to provide a comprehensive social work service to children and families. The team support children in need, including those in need of protection by assessing need, creating packages of support and managing risk. We are committed to providing high quality services to children, young people and their families and offer an excellent working environment valuing supervision, training and opportunities for professional development.
Children Services in Hartlepool prioritises the wellbeing of staff through manageable caseloads, a highly supportive and visible management team, an excellent staff wellbeing at work and offer a very positive culture of support and development. We offer protected time away from casework responsibilities, break out spaces and wellbeing days which are solely designed to support the health and wellbeing of our staff.
We are especially proud of the support and guidance we offer newly qualified Social Workers. A dedicated team of very experienced practitioners work closely with the newly qualified Social Workers and Team Managers to ensure newly qualified Social Workers have the very best experience and finish their first year in practice highly skilled and full of confidence. In addition we offer a protected caseload which allows newly qualified Social Workers to continue their development journey at a level and pace appropriate to their experience and requirements.
Hartlepool Children’s Services has a very stable workforce and rarely employs agency Social Workers. Although we have used a small number of agency Social Workers when required to assist with capacity and to ensure caseloads are reasonable, we believe that the inequality in the pay between permanent staff and agency staff can cause resentment and destabilize the workforce; our priority is the investment in Hartlepool staff.
Hartlepool Children’s Services has a strong and effective culture, we are a collaborative team and pride ourselves on the highly supportive and relational way of working both within the organisation and with our children and families. This culture has ensured that we have one of the highest rates of staff retention in the region and feedback from our recent workforce survey confirmed that staff are happy working in Hartlepool and the support they are offered by all levels of management is excellent.
Our most recent Ofsted ILAC inspection judged us as being ‘good’ regarding the effectiveness of our safeguarding services and outcomes for children and young people and “outstanding” for services to Children in Our Care. In Hartlepool we take pride in the fact that we nurture talent and have consistently promoted Social Workers from within the service to the role of Assistant Team Manager and Team Manager. This is testament to the commitment, dedication and faith we have in our staff team.
We have a flexible working model through the Council’s hybrid working policy allowing staff to work in the office and at home without being prescriptive. You should possess or graduate this year with a social work qualification at a degree or diploma level (or equivalent).
Hartlepool Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This post is subject to safer recruitment measures, including an enhanced DBS barring list check and also need to be registered with Social Work England.
For further information, please contact Chris Rooney, Head of Service on 01429 523729.
Closing date: 31 December 2023, midnight