West Berkshire Council: Keeping children at the centre
Our children’s social care workforce is expanding.
We have an opportunity for multiple Social Workers on a 18 month fixed term contract. These positions are within our Assessment part of our Contact, Advice and Assessment Service (CAAS):
Who we are:
CAAS is the ‘front door’ for West Berkshire’s Children and Family Services and covers all of West Berkshire. This highly motivated and enthusiastic team is based in our Newbury office alongside our multi agency partners in MASH/Triage, Early Response Hub, Assessment, and our My Family First early intervention service.
The team feeds into our two locality safeguarding teams in the West and East of the area, as well as our Children with Disabilities Team.
Our commitment is to ensure that children are safe and protected through the early identification and assessment of risk and need, providing families with timely interventions. This process identifies appropriate services to help children and their families achieve their potential and make a positive difference to their lives.
We are currently an expanding service and these fixed term roles are part of an increased investment in our Children’s Social Care Workforce.
Do you have a passion for social work? Are you an experienced and inspiring social work practitioner with Child Protection experience? Are you committed to providing excellent services to vulnerable children and families? Do you want an employer who will support you to have the career that is right for you?
If this is you - then West Berkshire Council is the place for you!
We are looking for experienced and dynamic children’s social work practitioners. In the role you will champion the rights of our children and young people whilst ensuring they remain supported and safeguarded.
You will be a vital enabler of improving outcomes for children, young people and their families. Working directly with our partner agencies and combining expertise to support our Family Safeguarding Model within our ‘front door’ of West Berkshire Children’s Services.
We are a bustling town within a rural community and our children and families reflect the diversity and vitality of our town. We are a town that embraces innovation and change, and we can offer you exciting and rewarding practice opportunities.
We want Social Workers who bring a comprehensive knowledge and skill-base to their work with children, young people and families. You must be driven and ambitious, both for yourself and for children, young people and families. You must also be an enthusiastic team player who understands the vital role of supportive teams.
As a Social Worker you will help us ensure that children and their families receive the right level of support when it’s needed and you will have the opportunity to contribute to the wider work of this innovative service in improving outcomes for children and young people. You will be responsible for progressing statutory assessments across the threshold of need and you will be supported by a highly experienced and established management team.
The benefits for you:
West Berkshire sits on the crossroads of two key roads; the M4 and the A34. These offer quick access across southern England with London, Reading, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol, Oxford and Swindon all within an hour's drive of the area. It is a diverse area incorporating the best features of town and attractive countryside living.
Our staff are our greatest asset; you will have access to regular reflective supervision, outstanding training opportunities and the ability to develop your professional skills and interests.
If you are a highly skilled and experienced social worker and are committed to delivering high quality services to children and their families, this is the opportunity for you. You will be contributing to our drive for continuous imporvement through innovative practice, high support and high challenge, and will experience working across the threshold of need.
You will have completed your ASYE and will be a skilled, experienced and reflective social worker. You will have a strong understanding of the application of social work theory, methods and interventions, as well as evidence-based assessment skills. You will have ethical qualities and influence to support and inspire anti-oppressive and creative practice.
It is essential that you hold a current Social Work England registration and a full driving licence with use of a car.
To find out more about the roles, contact Karen Atalla (Service Manager) on 01635 503190.
For more information on working for West Berkshire Council's Children and Family Services a 'Good' authority, visit www.westberks.gov.uk/socialwork
This role is fixed term for 18 months - Funding limited project
How to Apply
Please complete an online application form.
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This role requires the incumbent to have a car available at work to undertake his/her duties as they will be expected to undertake at least 1500 business miles per year. Essential Car User status attracts a lump sum allowance paid on a monthly basis as well as a free car parking space if he/she works at one of the Council’s corporate buildings.
This role has been identified as public facing in accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2017; the requirement to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English applies.
West Berkshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share these values. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. Successful candidates will be offered employment subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.
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