Experienced Child and Family Social Work Practitioner

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
06/07/2022 23:59
Grade I/J - £34,473 - £40,480 which is inclusive of a 5% Recruitment and Retention allowance
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
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Employment Location:
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Closing date:
6 Jul
Further Information

We are looking for an Experienced Social Work Practitioner to join our Safeguarding and Care Planning Team. You must firmly believe in the power of strength-based and relational social work and be able to address behaviours linked to adult and childhood trauma and compromised child/parental relationships.

At Gateshead our vision is that all children and families, regardless of their background, are at the heart of everything we do – ensuring all children can thrive and meet their full potential.

As an employee of Gateshead Council you will benefit from:

Great transport links with the use of reliable and frequent public transport and have access to a discounted Annual Pass. You will also have use of Co-wheel pool cars and access to the Cycle to Work salary sacrifice scheme
A generous annual leave package of 27 days (2 of which are fixed), increasing to 29 days (plus 2 fixed) following 5 years service. You will also have the opportunity to purchase up to 10 days extra leave via our Annual Leave Salary Sacrifice Scheme.
Access to the flexi scheme which will allow you to work a 9 day fortnight
Being a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
Eligibility to access a range of other staff offers and discounts such as:
Reduced rate membership for GO Gateshead Leisure Services
Health Shield which provides a wide range of innovative products that help to improve long-term health and wellbeing via a health care plan.
O2 open discount scheme
Virgin Media partner discount scheme
Dell Advantage discount programme

By pursuing your career with Gateshead Council, we can also guarantee you will have:

A senior leadership team that listens and care about you and your work
Your base in the same building as all social work teams, allowing support not just from your allocated team but all services.
Hybrid working – both working from the office base and home working
A culture which takes pride in and actively celebrates social work.
Excellent opportunities for career progression, whether you are a newly qualified social worker completing your assessment and supported year in employment with the support of our Social Work Academy, or a more experiences social worker looking to broaden your experience in order to step into management.
A protected time employee induction scheme.

We are an Ofsted “Good” rated local authority and in a recent Focussed Visit in September 2021, inspectors told us:

“Gateshead's highly skilled, committed and caring social workers and their managers in the front door teams provide sensitive, innovative child-centered help and protection to most children seen during the visit. Continuously strong, ambitious and effective senior leadership has resulted in sustained improvements.

Closely aligned, mature professional partnerships work together effectively to safeguard children from harm.

There is consistent and commendable evidence of continuous innovation and improvement during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Senior leaders are fittingly proud of their staff's commitment and determination throughout this period to see vulnerable children and their families face to face.

Staff report that they feel valued in their work and professional development and that their personal well-being is prioritised.”

We are seeking applications from candidates who have significant experience of practicing statutory child-care social work in a multi-disciplinary way in addition to having knowledge of statutory and organisational contexts, corporate parenting responsibilities and Government policy contexts and drivers. They must have demonstrable skills in planning and delivering interventions with complex and challenging families, formulating plans and interventions targeted at affecting change, coupled with the ability to analyse and evaluate complex situations and risk. In addition, a strong candidate will also have experience in responding to issues of separation and loss for children and young people.

The successful applicant will hold a range of complex cases within a manageable caseload and have a knowledge base which demonstrates a sound understanding of social work legislation, assessment and social work methodologies, including an awareness of systemic approaches. They will also have knowledge of child development across the age group and inhibitors to growth and development.

During the selection process candidates will be assessed against the essential criteria as set out in the job profile. All our 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.

For further information regarding what Gateshead can offer you please log onto Careers in children's social work - Gateshead Council

For an informal discussion, please contact Victoria Mckay on (0191) 433 3865.

If successful you will be required to apply for an enhanced disclosure.