About The Job
Salary: £37,024 - £49,339 (market supplements included)
Working Pattern: Full-time (37 hours per week)
Contract Length: Permanent, initial 12-month fixed term contract to Children Asylum Team. After this period, you could be reassigned to other vacant position across wider teams in Children's Social Care.
Location: County Hall North, Horsham
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You must be able to travel throughout the County including to locations that are not always accessible by public transport.
West Sussex County Council are seeking a dedicated and experienced Social Worker to join our Children's Asylum Team based in Horsham. The successful candidate will be excited to be part of a team achieving positive outcomes for unaccompanied and asylum-seeking children arriving in West Sussex.
The Children's Asylum Team provides both a child protection duty response to Gatwick Airport and manages new arrivals of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children across the county. You will be part of a small team of specialist social workers who champion best practice with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and complete Merton Compliant Age Assessments.
Working in partnership with a range of agencies, including a dedicated mental health practitioner, you will complete high quality and timely assessments of need that inform good care and pathway planning so that this vulnerable group have the right support, accommodation and legal advice and that their health, education and care needs are met. Join us as a frontline social worker, and you'll be empowered.
Experience and Skills
- Able to analyse and interpret complex 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 a wide range of people and use negotiation and persuasion skills to encourage others to adopt a course of action they may not wish to take.
- 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, Post Graduate Certificate in Social Work, DipSW, CQSW or equivalent as recognised by the relevant professional body.
- Completion of relevant post qualifying training.
- Evidence of at least one year's experience post qualification.
- 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 a breadth of complex issues and situations, for example, attachment, impact of developmental trauma and child development, motivational interviewing, relational practice, solution-focussed interventions and systemic working. A good understanding of anti-oppressive, anti-discriminatory and anti-racist practice in social work.
- Experience of effective partnership working and forming effective working relationships with individuals and colleagues, focusing on the needs and handling conflict and disagreement.
- Experience of effectively coaching and supervising others, acting as practice role model and promoting exemplary practice.
- Experience of managing levels of risk within a caseload of complex cases.
- Readiness to work towards Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS) qualification at Stage one or equivalent.
- Valid, full driving licence.
Rewards and Benefits
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.
How to Apply
To apply, upload your CV and complete the application explaining the skills and experience you can bring to the role ensuring that any gaps in employment are covered in your CV. Please ensure you have saved the job description attached to the main advert on our website as, once the job has closed, you may not have the opportunity to download again.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. This post is subject to Social Work England registration, 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.