Hours of work: 37 Hours Per Week
Working pattern: Monday to Friday within core business hours
Timescales for our next selection event are as follows:
Closing date for application: 17th January 2021
Interviews: 21st or 22nd January 2021
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 current vacancies and to apply for the above post, please contact:
Sue Dawes, Practice Manager on 07554 459225
About the role
The Looked-After Children's Community Family Work (Contact) Service offers reunification family support and supervised contact for children looked after in East Sussex. This service provides supervised contact primarily between birth parents and children which is determined by Legal and LAC Independent Reviewing processes. We are pleased to advertise for a Senior Social Worker to join our large and busy team. This position is based in Silverlands Centre, St Leonard’s and involves close team work across the county.
The successful candidate will be an experienced practitioner driven to promote safe, positive supervised contact and reunification family support to children and families. Thorough risk assessment and duty of care to colleagues are implicit in the Senior SW role due to the impact of trauma being frequently manifest in service users’ behaviour. The post holder will supervise community family workers from various social care, health and education backgrounds. They will chair Agreements Meetings and Reviews under Children's Services policy and protocol. Part of the role will also be to support emotional resilience within the staff group, uphold best practice in safeguarding around contact and lead allocation and co-ordination of caseloads in the context of competing demands. The successful candidate will participate in the recruitment and induction of their team and there is a countywide remit to develop professional standards and contribute to policy.
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.
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
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 service is high impact. We know we are making a difference because that’s what children and young people tell us and 95% of practitioners 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
- 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/
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.
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.