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Consultant Social Worker, Frontline - Temporary until 30th September 2019

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Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 23/04/2018 19:00
£37,306 - £41,025
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
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Employment Location:
An approved team location
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Job details 

Closing date:
23 Apr

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Vacancy Ref No: CYPS/18/116

Job Title: Consultant Social Worker, Frontline
Salary: Grade 13 £37,306 - £41,025 (salary on appointment is determined by
length of service and level of experience)
Location: Based at Seaham Contact Centre, alongside the Families First,
Easington Team.

Durham County Council’s Children and Young People’s Services have supported a very successful Frontline unit in 2017, and as a result we plan to support two additional Frontline units from 2018. We have already recruited to the Consultant Social Worker post for one of the additional units and are now for a Consultant Social Worker to lead the third unit. This is an excellent opportunity for an outstanding child and family social worker who would like to progress their career whilst continuing to work directly with children and families.

What is Frontline?

Frontline is an intensive social work qualifying programme which offers people the opportunity to train on the job as child protection social workers. Participants on the programme work in units of four, which are managed by a Consultant Social Worker. You can read more at: https://thefrontline.org.uk/home/our-programmes/frontline-programme/

What is a Consultant Social Worker?

Consultant Social Workers (CSWs) are vital to the Frontline model. Each CSW is responsible for four participants who are undertaking their Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work. CSWs work with participants using a unit model approach – a systemic practice model for working with families, with cases managed through weekly unit meetings. These meetings provide a dynamic learning environment and a reflective space to think systemically about the cases in your unit. The role offers those who wish to remain in practice the opportunity to do so alongside the chance to take on supervisory and management responsibility for a small team. For more information about what a day in the life of a CSW looks like, you can read more about the role in the advert (attached) and at: https://thefrontline.org.uk/consultant-social-workers/

Required qualifications: Social work qualification at degree level, Current HCPC social work registration

The successful candidate will be required to have an enhanced DBS clearance

What will I get from being a CSW?

• An exciting opportunity for experienced practitioners to remain in practice whilst also taking on a management and teaching role
• Access to a high quality training programme and the opportunity to work towards a Foundation level in Systemic Practice
• Access to 1:1 coaching and mentoring from a Practice Tutor
• Be part of a national network of CSWs contributing to innovations in practice and broader social work reforms
• CSW continuing in the role for two or more years will also become part of the Frontline Fellowship

How can I apply?

You may find the application and recruitment process for the CSW role is different to previous social work roles you have applied for. Please do not let that deter you from applying for the role. You can see some interviews with existing CSWs about their experience of the recruitment process at: https://youtu.be/_WrUA1LqFkI

Stage one - Application form and video interview:

To enable your application to be shortlisted you must complete both of the following steps by 7pm on Sunday 23 April 2018:

1. Complete the online application form you find by clicking the “apply for this job button above” (you do not need to complete the additional information section)
2. Take part in a video interview. Please email joanne.ormston@thefrontline.org.uk who will send you a link to the access the video interview. The link will take you through a step by step process of how to set up the software well as giving you tips on how to prepare. You will be asked 5 questions and given between 1 and 2 minute to record each answer. There is also some time to think through and plan your answer.

Stage two - Assessment day:

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in different contexts. We have found traditional interviews alone do not always show candidates in their best light; but our assessment day activities really give you the chance to show us all your strengths. You will complete various activities including a panel interview, a written activity, a listening activity and a role-play activity.

Please note: The Assessment Day will take place on 1st May 2018, at the EDC Education Development Centre - Spennymoor.

For an informal discussion:

Contact Hazel Ostle (Durham County Council) e-mail: hazel.ostle@durham.gov.uk Tel: 03000 262 306 or Joanne Ormston (Frontline), joanne.ormston@thefrontline.org.uk, Tel: 07800 954 892.

Apply on-line or for further assistance contact the HR Operations & Data Team on Telephone: 03000 267247 (24hr answerphone). Email: hrCYPS@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.

Please note that all communication regarding your application for this post will be sent to the email address that you have registered with North East Jobs, including your invite to interview if you are short-listed. Please check your email after the closing date for notification from ‘DONOTREPLY@NORTHEASTJOBS.ORG.UK’ as you will not be notified by any other means.

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