Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full-time
Fixed term for: 12 months fixed term contract with view to possible extension and creation of permanent post.
Closing date: Sunday 18 April 2021
Interview date: Friday 23 April 2021
For an informal discussion, please contact:
Principal Social Worker
About the role
East Sussex Children’s Services
East Sussex Children’s Services is an Ofsted graded outstanding Local Authority. This is not an easy accomplishment and is the result of many factors including: recruiting the right people; providing our workforce with the right resources and practice development opportunities; and by developing really clear guidance, policy and strategy. This is where the Policy and Service Development manager role is key. By providing accessible, relevant policy and strategy you will ensure that the workforce has absolute clarity regarding their roles and responsibilities. Through your ability to bring guidance and strategy alive practitioners and managers will know how policies actually help to make a difference for our children and families.
You will be a resourceful, passionate and motivated individual who has experience of working in Children’s Services with a history of involvement in policy and practice development.
You will be comfortable working alongside senior managers, as well as frontline staff, supporting them to create policies that are relevant, helpful and proportionate. Not only will you be able to collate, analyse and synthesise information in a readable manner, you will also be skilled at obtaining and sharing information with others. You will understand your audience, whether that is council members or foster carers, and this understanding will inform your written work.
You will have a degree in social work, social sciences, social policy, psychology, education or similar and/ or a qualification in social and public policy.
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.
Our progressive development programme will enable you to further develop your expertise in children’s services and this will be supported through induction, reflective supervision, mentoring, and bespoke training. We want to recruit those that are already motivated and have the skills and knowledge to make a difference for our workforce. But we don’t expect you to sit on your laurels, the kind of people attracted to this role will constantly be wanting to learn and develop and maximise the many opportunities working for ESCC provides.
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Benefits of a role with East Sussex
In addition to a highly-competitive salary, we offer a wide range of benefits including relocation costs, payment of Social Work England fees, interest free loans for rental deposit and driving lessons and low interest car loans*. For all the details, take a look at the full range of benefits.
**All financial benefits are subject to terms and conditions.
An award winning team
- *Judged Outstanding by Ofsted 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, join us, and start a fulfilling career in social work with East Sussex County Council.
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 http://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.