Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full-time
Fixed term for: 1 year
Closing date: Sunday 2 February 2020
Interview date: Friday 14 February 2020
For an informal discussion, please contact:
Principal Social Worker, Children’s Services Department
Come and work for East Sussex who are trailblazing the setting up of a child protection front line team working intensively with children and families using an attachment and trauma informed approach. You would be expected to be experienced in working with very complex families and children with domestic abuse, drug and alcohol misuse, neglect and mental health issues and experience in safeguarding. Ideally you would have had training in trauma and or attachment approaches. The work of the team is founded on concepts of Crittenden’s Dynamic Maturational Model of attachment and trauma informed practice. These frameworks inform the interventions with families which includes intensive relational work, often involving household management, parenting support, budgeting, and advocacy with others. You will work closely with social workers and clinicians in supporting families and preventing children on the edge of care from being accommodated.
In recognition of the intensity of the work you will have a reduced shared caseload with clinical oversight and support.
In order to do this job you will need to be very skilled in engaging with and understanding the needs of often resistant families and young people and feel confident in delivering a broad range of trauma informed psychosocial interventions. You will have experience in working very closely with other professionals and agencies and the ability to embrace new ways of working and contribute to development of the service.
Relationships are the key to best practice
At ESCC our Connected Practice model creates change through meaningful and helpful relationships with children and families – an approach which focusses on enabling young people to lead safe, stable and fulfilling lives at home with their families.
Our practitioners draw on their own resources to develop effective relationships with vulnerable families and children. By working intensively, and using structured interventions, our social workers help families to solve problems themselves ensuring that children are safer and better nurtured.
Progress your learning and training
At East Sussex we know that our staff are individuals with their own career goals. So we have created a clear career development pathway, known as Progress, which maps out all the different options and opportunities for enriching and developing individual careers. It enables staff to build on existing skills and develop new knowledge and it provides clarity around the requirements for pay and progression, social work registration and further accreditation
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a wide range of benefits including:
- relocation costs up to £8k, if you are making a move of more than 20 miles
- interest-free loan for rental deposit
We’re a family-friendly service which offers flexible working (in agreement with individual line manager) and a focus on wellbeing for all our staff, such as mindfulness training and counselling. Find out more, take a look at the full range of benefits here.
Join us now
Our Social Work practice is high impact. We know we are making a difference because that’s what children and young people tell us and 95% of social workers surveyed would recommend East Sussex as a good place to work. We’ve been awarded the following:
- Judged Outstanding by Ofsted July 2018
- Local Government Association Chronicle Awards for services to children and business transformation
- Silver Award for Best Social Work Employer at the Social Worker of the year Awards 2017
- Teaching Partnership status.
So, if you’d like to be part of our progressive team, apply NOW
For more information about Children's Social work in East Sussex please visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/jobs/social-work-with-children