Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full Time
Timescales for our next selection event are as follows:
Closing date for application: Sunday 03 October 2021
Interviews: Thursday 14 and Friday 15 2021
If you are experienced but have been out of practice for a while we would love to hear from you.
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 regarding this vacancy and to apply for the above post, please contact:
Charlotte Mantel, Practice Manager CDS FST, LAC
Phone; 01323 466050
Please be aware that a Market Supplement of 10% of (actual) salary will be applied to specific, frontline posts where a Social Work Qualification is essential for a period of 3 years from 1 July 2021.
About the role
What is the Children’s Disability Service?
Children’s Disability Service (CDS) is a small, dedicated service supporting the most vulnerable children and young people in the county. Our dedicated social workers are trained to consider the specific vulnerabilities faced by children with disabilities so that support can be tailored to meet their highly complex needs. We’re ambitious to improve outcomes for all children and young people and were judged Outstanding by Ofsted at our last inspection in July 2018.
Work, train and develop your career
Our approach is all about building relationships with children, young people and their families, and making time to take a creative approach to individual needs. As a result, we don’t expect you to come with all the right skills. Each child you are working with will communicate in a unique way and you will get familiar with the individual communication style of a child as the relationship evolves. The skills you learn will enable you to ‘listen’ to children who are non-verbal and ensure their voices are heard. We know that each child is different, so we have built in time for social workers to develop a creative approach to this work.
The CDS team works across Children in Need, Child Protection, Looked After Children and adoption pathways, which provides excellent learning opportunities through the sharing of knowledge. We also follow best practice in areas such as domestic violence and substance abuse, with expertise provided by several linked teams. This multi-disciplinary approach ensures a strong focus on the child’s journey.
In addition to wide ranging training for all our social workers, you can access the following specialist training to support you in your work and career development:
- Communicate in Print training
- Makaton training
- deaf awareness
- communication with disabled children workshops
- Education Health and Care Plan workshops
- Video Interactive Guidance training
- bespoke training relating to children who present with behavioural challenge
- opportunities for lead roles in specialist subject areas; voice of the child, resilience, Connected Practice, drug and alcohol misuse, child sexual abuse, attachment, and digital practice.
The teams are based in Eastbourne but cover the whole county.
In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a wide range of benefits including:
- £3k ‘golden hello’ payable to those recruited to the Children’s Disability Service
- relocation costs up to £8k, if you are making a move of more than 20 miles
- interest-free loan for rental deposit
- payment of your Social Work England registration fee.
We have 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.
We welcome applications from all sections of our community and for this post we particularly encourage applications from people of Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, and men, who are currently under-represented within East Sussex children’s social care.
For more information about Children's Social work in East Sussex please visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/socialwork
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.
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.