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Assessing Social Worker - Fostering, Assessment/Recruitment Team

  • Employer: East Sussex County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/1451/10193
  • Published: Tue 22/09/2020, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 15/11/2020, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £29,594 - £38,612 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: BN211EP

Job introduction

Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full Time and Part Time

Timescales for our next selection event are as follows:

Closing date for application: Sunday 15 November 2020

Interviews: Thursday 19 and Friday 20 November 2020

Newly Qualified Social Workers who have not completed the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment are not invited to apply for these positions.

For more information and to apply for the above posts, please contact:

Siobhan Edwards, Practice Manager (Assessment and Recruitment)

Email:  siobhan.edwards@eastsussex.gov.uk

Telephone: 01323 747021

About the role

Join our innovative and award-winning team (our awards include – LGCA, Social Work Employer and Social Worker of the Year 2017) and play a crucial role at the highest performing authority for Children’s Services in the South East. We were rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in our July 2018 inspection. If you want to achieve the best outcomes for young people, East Sussex is the place to be!

At the forefront of our success is the work of our Fostering Service which has consistently placed more children with in-house foster carers than our neighbouring authorities. We’ve achieved this by recognising the value of our LAC service and by delivering excellent integrated support. As a result, we have an enviable reputation for retention because our foster carers value the support, experience and knowledge we provide to the children in their care and to them.

How do we know we’re making a difference? Because that’s what young people and carers tell us.

About the roles

Our Fostering Service delivers forward-thinking initiatives underpinned by national policy, so we’re looking for people who can help us take our service to the next level. Our approach is to deliver high impact social work which results in more children living with their families and less child protection plans. We currently have vacancies in both Assessment and Recruitment and our Supported Lodgings Team.

Recruitment and Assessment Team

Join our Assessment and Recruitment Team and you will be supporting the recruitment of all our carers. Your role is to ensure that we approve good quality and appropriate carers who can provide children with a safe, caring environment, which minimises moves and which enables them to reach their full potential.

You will be following-up enquiries, attending information events, completing screening calls and initial visits, facilitating preparation training and assessing prospective foster carers, presenting an evidence-based and analytical report to the fostering panel.

About the Role

Working with ESCC

You’ll be working in a progressive committed and learning environment where practitioners are supported and valued.  We look for ambitious, creative and professionally-curious individuals who want to make a difference. We always welcome applications from qualified individuals looking to return to social work through our specially-designed programme.

Our progressive approach has resulted in us developing ‘Connected Practice’; allowing social workers to forge effective relationships, spending as much time as possible with the child and family whilst delivering sophisticated interventions which bring about genuine and long lasting change. 

We know it can be a demanding job so we believe in nurturing our staff by providing a genuinely supportive environment. And, in our increasingly digitally-dynamic organisation, we’ll equip you with a smart phone and tablet.

Our Social Work Academy will support your career progression and development.  With your manager you will be encouraged to identify development goals that satisfy your ambitions and meet our needs.  We provide intensive support through the Academy’s extensive ASYE programme, making sure you have the right knowledge and skills to really make a difference with our most vulnerable families.

A wide range of benefits

In addition to a highly-competitive salary, we offer a wide range of benefits, including:
•    Relocation costs of up to £8,000, if you are making a move of more than 20 miles
•    Payment of your HCPC registration fees

For all the details, take a look at our full range of https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/jobs/social-work-with-children/benefits-of-working-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. We’ve  been awarded the following: 
•    judged Outstanding by Ofsted and in our 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 https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/jobs/social-work-with-children/

Additional information

This post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check or Enhanced check for Regulated Activity with the Disclosure & Barring Services (previously the Criminal Records Bureau). For further information about what is required in this process please go to www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check. Please note that we require evidence of an overseas police check if you have lived or worked abroad.

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.

Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Border Agency’s Points-based Immigration System.

From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.

Company information

East Sussex County Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all suitable candidates, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. All applications are treated on merit.


  • Employer: East Sussex County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/1451/10193
  • Published: Tue 22/09/2020, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Sun 15/11/2020, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £29,594 - £38,612 per annum
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: BN211EP