Childrens Service Academy in partnership with Frontline are offering a 24 month secondment or fixed term contract.
About the role
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.
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, take a look at our website here.
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 systemic training course with the opportunity to complete PEPS 1 and 2
- 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
- After completing one year in the role you will become part of the Frontline Fellowship
How to 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.
Stage one - Application form and video interview.
If you would like to apply for the role, you will need to :
- Complete a standard local authority application form (you do not need to complete the additional information section)
- Take part in a 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. The video interview recording will then be sent to us for shortlisting.
Stage two - Assessment day.
Shortlisted candidates are 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 give candidates the best opportunity to demonstrate all their skills; but our assessment days have been designed to give you the chance to show us all your strengths in a range of different activities. You will complete various activities including:
- a panel interview
- a written activity
- a listening activity
- a role-play activity
If you would like any further information about the role please contact Francesca Houghton (Francesca.Houghton@thefrontline.org.uk or mobile 07557253424) or Nicky Simpson (Nicky.Simpson@surreycc.gov.uk or mobile 07968834990). We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 1st April 2020
Frontline will be managing the recruitment process for this role
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.
This post has been designated as a politically restricted post in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.