Advanced Social Work Practitioner - Assessment & Safeguarding - 12 Month Fixed Term post

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Fixed Term
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 17/03/2024 23:59
£42,503 - £45,495 per annum
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Town Hall/Agile
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Number of posts:
Closing date:
17 Mar
Further Information
In October 2022 Darlington' Children's Services were graded Good by Ofsted and this is what they said. 'Staff are attracted to working in Darlington because of the benefits of the relational practice model and the positive workforce culture'. 'Workers in Darlington are extremely committed to the local authority and feel valued by senior leaders. Social workers we spoke to describe an environment where they feel confident and supported by their managers to make decisions. They feel cared about and supported by them.' 'There is a strong focus on ensuring that workers have access to a range of good-quality and up-to-date training and development opportunities. Training has informed and enhanced the quality of relational social work practice.'

We are recruiting an Advanced Social Worker practitioner to our team to cover a 12 month fixed term contract.  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 the Local Authority Children’s Services We are seeking an enthusiastic, energetic and motivated individual who wants 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, relationships and skills and innovation as part of a whole system reform. The successful candidate will be fundamental in supporting the Team Manager and a team of Social Workers committed to providing the very best service to the most vulnerable children and families in the borough.

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 within a modern and dynamic service that supports our children to thrive. In addition, the Council offers the following benefits: The rewards for working at Darlington Borough Council go beyond the salary you will receive; we have numerous additional benefits such as: • 32 days Annual Leave plus Bank Holidays, with option to purchase additional Annual Leave (pro-rata for part time working) • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme with option to make Additional Voluntary Contributions • Flexi-time scheme • Flexible working • Generous Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave schemes • Staff equality forums • Green Car Leasing Scheme • Access to a wide range of training, learning and development • Physiotherapy service • Confidential counselling service • Great wellbeing offer • Cycle to Work Scheme • Dolphin Centre Fit for Life Discounts • Local and National retailer discounts • Arriva Employee Travel Club For the full range of benefits we offer, please see our Why work for us internet page, which also includes our Total Reward Booklet and Employee Benefit Video. https://www.darlington.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers-1/why-work-for-us/ Find out further information about us and what it’s like to work for our great team by visiting the Jobs and Careers home page. https://www.darlington.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/

If you would like an informal discussion about the roles, please contact Lynne Westgarth, Service Manager on 07384533877 or Dawn Raine, Service Manager on 01325 406339.

Please note
This job is closed for applications.