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Social Work Consultant - Pre-Birth Team

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Contract Type:
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Full time
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Closed for applications on 03/01/2018 23:59
£37,306- £41,025
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Social Care - Children Service
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The team will be based in Ferryhill, but will carry out work with parents throughout County Durham.
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Closing date:
3 Jan

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This job is closed for applications.

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Children and Young Peoples Services


Job Title: Social Work Consultant, Pre-Birth Team

Salary: Grade 13 £37,306- £41,025 (salary on appointment is determined by length of service and level of experience).

Location: The team will be based in Ferryhill, but will carry out work with parents throughout County Durham.

Following a successful pilot of a pre-birth intervention service, which received positive feedback from the Courts and Cafcass and won three Children and Young People Now Awards in 2013, we are now creating a new pre-birth team.
The new team will consist of a seven newly created posts, a team manager, a social work consultant and five social workers.

The team will provide intensive planned intervention, assessment, and support during pregnancy to parents where either parent has had a child previously removed through care proceedings. The aim of the team will be to support parents to provide safe appropriate parenting to their baby. However, if despite this support parents are not in a position do so, the team will plan to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the child.

Although the work carried out by the team will be planned, each social worker will be carrying out intensive work using evidence based tools at the highest level of risk. All cases will be in PLO and a high proportion of care proceedings is likely.

The social work consultant post is an excellent role for someone who wants a balance between management and case holding responsibility. The post holder will:
• Work closely with the team manager to manage and supervise the team. This will include developing and monitoring the competency of social workers, driving excellent practice based on research evidence and professional experience, providing constructive challenge to enhance practice, promoting innovation and introducing new ways of working. S/he will also contribute to the development of knowledge and promotion of excellence within the team making use of sophisticated, critical reasoning as well as modelling and facilitating reflective and evidence based decision making
• Hold a small caseload

This post is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated individual who wants to:
• Be a key part of a team from the very start
• Influence the development of a new service
• Work alongside the team manager to manage a team which carries out meaningful and rewarding work which achieves the best outcomes for children
• Ensure that the team participate in high quality reflective supervision, which supports decision making based on evidence
• Quality assure work and give constructive feedback
• Build and maintain successful working relationships with colleagues from a wide range of agencies

In Durham you will benefit from:
• A senior leadership team that listens and cares about you and your work
• A quality framework which supports practice improvement
• Professional development pathways for every stage of your career
• A culture of high expectations, high challenge and high support
• A culture which celebrates social work

You can find out more through our social work careers website http://www.durham.gov.uk/socialwork

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Helen Monks, Operations Manager Tel: 03000 264749 or e-mail: Helen.Monks@durham.gov.uk.

Required qualifications: Degree in social work or equivalent social work qualification, e.g. Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work (PDDipSW) Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW), Diploma in Social Work (DipSW), Certificate in Social Services (CSS) & Current HCPC Registration

The successful applicant for this post will be required to apply for a Disclosure & Barring Service Enhanced Disclosure.

It is anticipated that interviews will be held on Friday 19th January 2018.

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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