Team: Children’s Services
Job Family: Supporting - Level 1 - CBG9 / Level 2 - CBG10
Salary: Level 1 - £27,347 - £29,897 - Plus MRS £5,100 per annum / Level 2 - £30,744 - £32,220 - Plus MRS £5,150 & Enhanced MRS £3,850 per annum
Contract Type: Various positions – Permanent & Fixed Term Contracts available
Hours: 37 hours per week
Base Location: Watling House, Dunstable and Priory House, Shefford
Closing Date: Rolling Campaign
Interview Date: Interviews will be arranged as applications are received and processed.
More about the role:
Our Children’s Services Teams are excited to offer opportunities for qualified Social Workers to join us here at Central Bedfordshire Council.
Our goal is to assist children and young people to grow up safely, achieve more, and be happy and healthy. We are passionate about protecting our most vulnerable children and understand that the best way to do this is to value and support our talented Social Workers by offering you the opportunity to develop, progress your career and find your greatness.
We are looking for qualified Social Workers with a strong understanding of the best way of applying different social work theories. Ideally you will come to us with ideas and knowledge to deliver imaginative ambitious interventions that improve outcomes for all involved. Excellent communication skills will be required to present high quality reports and work with other agencies. It is essential you have a calm, organised approach with sound IT skills and the ability to maintain professional conduct at all times.
We have opportunities available for both Level 1 & Level 2 Social Workers within both our Family Support and Court and Permanence Teams. It is essential for these roles that you have at least 1 years post qualifying experience and must be a regular driver with access to your own vehicle for the purposes of work.
Our Family Support South Service Team is based at Watling House in Dunstable. Here we function in small teams and have strong management support and manageable caseloads for all our Social Workers. We have a strong sense of partnership working and aim to create a scaffold of people and professionals that can support children to remain living at home where possible.
Our main functions include supporting children who are subject to Child In need plans and Child Protection plans. We also carry out PLO work and initiate care proceedings.
We use and support the systemic models of practice and support and encourage the use of motivational interviewing in all of our work with families. We strongly believe that working alongside our families and enabling them to create change is what provides the children we work with better outcomes. This feeds into the systemic practice we endorse.
Our Court and Permanence Teams are based at Priory House in Shefford. Here we also function in small teams and have strong management support and manageable caseloads for all our Social Workers.
Within the team we continue with care proceedings that have been started by the Family Support Service, working primarily with looked after children and having a good understanding of both the court process and looked after children process. Our ultimate aim is supporting children and young people into permanence, be that through a rehabilitation plan home or into their forever home of fostering or adoption.
We are proud that in Children’s Services we enable workers to gain a vast amount of experiences and opportunities in working with families and this is an exciting opportunity for a social worker to develop their social work career. Join us, and take advantage of our rewards package, agile working and the chance to learn and progress. Find your greatness by helping us to deliver better services to the local community.
Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.
For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Karen Bright at Karen.Bright@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 6825 or Sarah Malivoire at Sarah.Malivoire@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk or call 0300 300 5190.
For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at email@example.com.
Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.
Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.
To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role. http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/jobs/work-here/application.aspx
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided. Please note, we do not accept CV’s submitted without a fully completed online application form.