Salary: £30,411 (£23,080 - £25,381 before Social Work England registration)
Working Pattern: Full-time
Location: Crawley, Horsham, Worthing or Bognor Regis
We're hiring Newly Qualified Social Workers to join our Academy and commence the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) from September 2021. West Sussex County Council is proud to have established its very own Social Work Academy, sitting alongside our Social Work teams in Assessment & Intervention or Family Support & Protection, based in the North and South of the county. Preference to team and location is discussed at interview.
We are revolutionizing the way we work within our Children Services and continue to develop the West Sussex Social Work Academy so that we can guide and steer Newly Qualified Social Workers through that crucial first year of practice. Only the most promising and passionate advocates of children and young people who wish to work in frontline Child Protection Teams will be selected to take part in this programme.
As you embark on a challenging but extremely rewarding career in social work, the Academy will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge with an emphasis on reflective practice to best support children and families in West Sussex. You will be equipped through excellent training, a dedicated Practice Manager and a Professional Development Assessor to support you through your ASYE. The aim is to help you become the best social worker you can be with a phased approach to the volume and complexity of your workload.
The Academy gives Social Workers a high level of support and supervision during their first year. At the end of this you will have developed the skills, experience and confidence to join our existing workforce and to protect and improve the lives of West Sussex's most vulnerable children.
We need brilliant Newly Qualified Social Workers who inspire and deliver change all around them. That's why we're looking for talented, ambitious and passionate people like you to come and join us. You will need to be a Social Work graduate with a passion to improve the lives of children in West Sussex; those who are ambitious and motivated to improve and succeed. You must be able to work under pressure and have excellent organisation ability. You will also need to be eligible for Social Work England registration and able to be registered by the time the Academy starts in September 2021. West Sussex is a large county and not all locations are easily accessible by public transport, as such a full UK driving licence will also be required.
Experience and Skills
- Able to analyse and interpret information and data, prioritise needs and formulate plans for intervention and service provision.
- Able to work proactively as a member of the team to make accurate assessments of needs and negotiate and implement effective outcomes.
- Able to work in partnership with carers, colleagues and external agencies to deliver an effective service.
- Able to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral format, including the ability to explain complicated information to others and use negotiation and persuasion skills to encourage others to adopt a course of action.
- Able to recognise limits of own accountability and responsibility and seek appropriate support, advice and supervision.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- A recognised Social Work qualification e.g. Degree in Social Work, DipSW, CQSW or equivalent as recognised by the relevant professional body.
- Registration with the relevant professional registration body and maintaining registration with that body.
- Knowledge of theoretical Social Work concepts and practices, with demonstrable examples of dealing with complex issues, for example, attachment, impact of developmental trauma and child development.
- Experience of managing levels of risk within a caseload.
Rewards and Benefits
We offer small teams of Newly Qualified Social Workers managed by a dedicated Practice Manager. During your ASYE you can expect a reduced and protected caseload, a dedicated holistic assessor to help oversee your development, regular reflective and group supervision and a dedicated 4 month intensive training pathway.
As an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do. For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee, please visit our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is CAFHE03003.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check, 5 years referencing and a health check. You must be able to travel throughout the county including to locations that are not always accessible by public transport.