Hours of work: 37 hours per week
Working pattern: Full-time
Timescales for our next selection event are as follows:
Closing date for application: Sunday 05 December 2021
If you are experienced but have been out of practice for a while we would love to hear from you.
Newly Qualified Social Workers who have not completed the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment are not invited to apply for these positions.
For more information regarding current vacancies and to apply for the above post, please contact:
Donna Collins, Practice Manager, Fostering Duty and Supported Lodgings
Tel: 01323 747071
Senior Social Worker
£44,108 to £47,431 (Grade 13) [Note]
[Note] Please note that these salaries include a market supplement introduced in July 2021 and are subject to a 3 yearly review – you can view the basic salary on our Salaries scales page
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, and men, who are currently under-represented within East Sussex children’s social care
About the role
When it comes to Children’s Services we have an enviable reputation. Our Children’s Services are rated as the highest performing Authority in the South East and an achievement like that means that children all across East Sussex are really benefiting. Our Fostering Service is no exception to this having proportionally more of our children placed with our in-house foster carers than our neighbouring authorities in the South East, as well as having excellent integrated support services for our looked after children and foster carers.
We are currently seeking to appoint a Senior Social Worker who will have responsibility for our Placement Duty Service and hold a caseload supporting foster carers caring for complex young people. The Placement Duty Service will be managed in partnership with another Senior Social Worker and will provide supervision, support and operational guidance on a day-to-day basis. In common with all Local Authority Fostering Services, we have a number of highly-skilled carers providing substantive placements to young people with complex needs. The post-holder will hold a caseload of approximately 6 such families providing support and supervision. The post will be 37 hours (f/t) and on a permanent contract with ESCC subject to probation.
ESCC’s Fostering service has consistently delivered an innovative and forward-thinking initiatives underpinned by national policy. The successful candidate will also have strong multi-agency working skills, some experience of supervision of staff, be a confident motivator and hold a professional social work qualification.
Most of all we are looking for a candidate who can take advantage of East Sussex’s culture of taking services to the next level to achieve the best outcomes for its young people.
Relationships are the key to best practice
At ESCC our Connected Practice model creates change through meaningful and helpful relationships with children and families – an approach which focusses on enabling young people to lead safe, stable and fulfilling lives at home with their families.
Our practitioners draw on their own resources to develop effective relationships with vulnerable families and children. By working intensively, and using structured interventions, our Senior Social Workers help families to solve problems themselves ensuring that children are safer and better nurtured.
Progress your learning and training
At East Sussex we know that our staff are individuals with their own career goals. So we have created a clear career development pathway, known as Progress, which maps out all the different options and opportunities for enriching and developing individual careers. It enables staff to build on existing skills and develop new knowledge and it provides clarity around the requirements for pay and progression, social work registration and further accreditation.
A wide range of benefits
In addition to a highly-competitive salary, we offer a wide range of benefits, including:
• Relocation costs of up to £8,000, if you are making a move of more than 20 miles
• Payment of your HCPC registration fees
Join us now
Our Social Work practice is high impact. We know we are making a difference because that’s what children and young people tell us. We’ve been awarded the following:
• judged Outstanding by Ofsted and in our 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, if you’d like to be part of our progressive team, apply NOW.
For more information about Children's Social work in East Sussex please visit https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/jobs/social-work-with-children/
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 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.
If you require any reasonable adjustments, due to disability, to enable you to participate fully in the process please contact the hiring manager on the contact details above.
Reasonable adjustments include things like an offline application form. If you would like to discuss your requirements further, please get in touch.
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.