Social Work Consultant - Adolescent Safeguarding and Exploitation Team

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
07/12/2023 23:59
Grade 13, £44,428 - ££48,474 per annum
Job Category:
Social Work - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
The Nest, Nettlesworth. However, you may be required to work at any Durham County Council location, as required. Hybrid working options are available.
Post Number:
Number of posts:
Closing date:
7 Dec
Further Information
We are looking for an enthusiastic and innovative Social Work Consultant to support young people across County Durham who are experiencing harm outside the home.
What is involved?
As part of our dedicated Adolescent Safeguarding and Exploitation Team (ASET) you will work closely with the Team Manager.

The role of the Social Work Consultant is to:
  • Work with the Team Manager to manage and supervise a social work team, ensuring high quality and effective services are delivered to young people and their families in line with legislation and procedures;
  • Play a key role in developing and monitoring social work practitioners by championing expertise, driving excellent practice and assuring quality;
  • Offer Social Workers day to day advice and support them with more complex cases;
  • Hold a reduced case load; 
The ASET team support young people who are at risk of, or experiencing, harm outside of the family home, including child exploitation, mental health, radicalisation, and homelessness.

You will work closely with other teams including Child Exploitation, Edge of Care and Rapid Response, and with partner agencies including police and CAMHS.

The service is countywide and based at The Nest in Nettlesworth.  We operate hybrid working with home/remote working options.
What are the benefits?
You will join a fantastic team where you are valued, and your wellbeing is a priority.

You will receive regular reflective case supervision and support with the most important decisions. 

You will be supported to work flexibly and to have a good work/life balance.

You will use the Signs of Safety social work model to help understand young people’s experiences.

You will benefit from our comprehensive training and development programme, which will support you both to be confident in the work you do, and to reach your career goals.

Find out more about our rewards and benefits package:
What will I need?
A degree in social work or equivalent social work qualification and significant experience of building effective relationships with young people and their families. 

Take a look at the person specification for the full criteria.  You will need to demonstrate in your application that you have the essential and where possible, desirable experience, skills, and knowledge. 
Where can I get further information?
For more information about the post and the team we encourage you to speak to Laura Broomfield (Team Manager) by telephone 07770435147 or by e-mail laura.broomfield@durham.gov.uk You can also find further information within the supporting documents.
It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 15th December 2023.
The successful applicant for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

As a disability confident employer, we are committed to employing disabled people and people with health conditions making reasonable adjustments to support disabled applicants when required.

Apply on-line or for further assistance contact the Payroll & Employee Services Team Email: PESCYPS@durham.gov.uk

In line with the County Council’s Recruitment & Selection Policy, please note that we are unable to accept CV’s. Any information provided on CV’s will not be considered for short-listing purposes.

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