West Berkshire Council is an Ofsted rated good Local Authority.
We have the opportunity for a social worker to join our Contact, Advice and Assessment Service (CAAS team).
This social work vacancy is substantially within our multi agency safeguarding hub of triage and the early response, but with the requirement of working flexibly to cover the assessment side of CAAS (Initial assessment) if the need on the service requires it (annual leave, sickness, service demand for example).
The benefits of working with triage and early response is that the role is primarily office based, in Newbury and is a non-case holding post. As a result of this, the role would suit a candidate who is looking for an improved work life balance away from the demands of a case holding position.
The successful candidate will need to have strong skills in risk assessment, timely decision making based on risk and a good understanding of thresholds for intervention. The role of a social worker within triage is a demanding role and as CAAS is the front door of Children’s Services we require a confident individual who has relevant experience of this type of work.
West Berkshire have recently launched an Early Response Hub (ERH), with a focus on developing support plans for families at an earlier stage, with the aim of preventing families from reaching crisis and requiring statutory social work intervention. The Early Response Hub is a multi-agency hub and social workers in triage have a rota on time spent within the hub. The hub is in its infancy and we are looking for a dynamic, motivated individual to help drive this vision forwards.
Successful applicants will benefit from:
1. £15K retention bonus payable after 3 years in post.
2. A 3 month sabbatical after 3 years in post. (8 weeks paid leave and 4 weeks banked Leave).
CAAS is forward thinking and innovative in its practice. We are looking for individuals with drive and enthusiasm who are highly motivated to achieve ‘best outcomes’. If you are looking for a challenging and highly rewarding experience with a service that has a focus on continued learning and professional development we would welcome your application.
In addition to our generous annual leave package and Local Government Pension, as a Social Worker CAAS, you will benefit from free car parking, and car allowances. Successful candidates may also be eligible for a relocation package of up to £8K.
Applicants must be qualified and active Social Workers who are registered with the HCPC. A full driving licence is essential because of the rural nature of the district. Our main offices are based in Newbury and the outskirts of Reading.
This role has been identified as public facing in accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2017; the requirement to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English applies.
If you interested in working with us and want to know more, do not hesitate to contact Steph Coomber Team Manager for Triage) on 01635 503190 for a discussion. Or you can go straight to the links below to see the job description and complete our online application form.
Visit www.westberks.gov.uk/socialwork for more information about our benefits and support package, but also to find out from our social workers and managers why West Berkshire is a great place to live and work.