Directorate: Children’s Services
Starting salary: JM2; £35,745 - £39,880 per annum pro rata
Location: Based in North Somerset and remotely from home
Hours: Full time and part time hours per week available
Closing date: Wednesday 06 October 2021
Advance your Social Work Career with North Somerset.
We want to provide the best support for children and families in North Somerset and have invested in our services and are looking for senior social workers to join us. Our vision for our children and young people is to make sure North Somerset is truly a great place for children and young people to thrive; where all have the best possible life and opportunities, including those who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and/or have special educational or additional needs.
In order to deliver excellence support, we are looking for highly effective senior social workers who will focus on delivering consistently high-quality standards of social work practice.
Working in a small team of social workers and family support workers within our Family Support and Safeguarding teams, the senior social worker will carry a caseload of complex and challenging work, using their social work expertise and a clear child focus to secure the best possible outcomes for our most vulnerable children. Your workload will consist of supporting children in need through to securing permanence through reunification, kinship care, fostering or adoption. In North Somerset you will have the opportunity as the allocated social worker for the child, to maintain that relationship and support the child all the way through the matching process to secure permanence.
As a senior social worker, you will also be supported to develop you practice supervisory skills through mentoring and supporting and supervising some of our family support worker and newly qualified social workers (NQSWs), providing guidance, support and best practice to the team. This is an excellent opportunity to progress your children and families social work career as an aspiring practice supervisor.
We are also looking for a senior social worker to join our Children with Disabilities Team. This is a dedicated service supporting the most vulnerable children and young people in North Somerset. 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. 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 Children with Disability team works across Children in Need, Child Protection, Children in Care 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.
As a Senior Social Worker in North Somerset, you will work with a small number of children and families, to achieve the best possible long-term outcomes for them, using our trauma informed, strengths-based model of working, utilising Signs of Safety. Our support offer that includes regular high quality reflective supervision, low caseloads and our learning and development offer is excellent to ensure you have everything you need to deliver our vision for children and families.
North Somerset is in a great location, strategically positioned close to Bristol, Bath and the M4 corridor for fast regional connectivity. We are also well connected nationally and internationally with quick links to London Paddington, South Wales, the Midlands, and the South West via Bristol Airport, the port, the M5 motorway and direct trains.
- A competitive salary
- Substantial relocation package
- Generous holiday
- Excellent local government pension scheme
- Family friendly policies and flexible working
- Excellent training
- Free parking at council offices
- Access to pool cars, bikes and cycle to work scheme
- Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service
For these roles you must:
- Be a qualified Social Worker (with a Social Work England Registration) with a passion for working with children and their families to help improve their outcomes and to keep them safe from harm using a strengths-based approach.
- You will have completed an ASYE and have good knowledge and experience within Safeguarding children.
- You will have sound knowledge of relevant childcare legislation, including a clear understanding of ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’.
- An ability to build effective relationships with children, young people and families.
These posts are exempt under the provisions of the Rehabilitations of Offenders Act (Exceptions) Order 1975 and is subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.
Want to know more and apply?
If you are passionate about children and young people getting the right help at the right time, about listening to their voice, and about working in partnership with families and wider networks, then we would like to hear from you.
If you want to have an informal discussion about the roles we have available please e'mail Tina Robins (email@example.com) who will ask an appropriate Head of Service to respond to your enquiry.
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.
Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.