Hours of work: Full Time & Part Time
Timescales for our next selection event are as follows:
Closing date for application: Sunday 16th January 2022
Interviews: Thursday 27th and Friday 28th January 2022
Teams and locations
Please indicate which teams, location and hours you would prefer on your application. Vacancies occur in the following areas:
- Family Support Team, There are vacancies across the 4 Family Support Teams all based in Hastings Ocean House covering the East geographical area of East Sussex County Council
Working with children up to 11 years the Family Support teams have a rewarding role building relationships with families to reduce risks and support change over time using skills learned and honed by the connected practice models training which underpins the work across the service. This includes direct work, assessments and complex care planning with children subject to child in need, child protection plans and legal proceedings..
- Youth Support Team, Vacancy in East Youth Support Team.
Working in the Youth Support team you will be undertaking direct work and assessments with young people aged from 12-17 years and their families. This rewarding role involves building relationships with young people whose experiences include family disruption, homelessness, exploitation, mental health and non-school attendance. The team is based in Hastings and covers the east of East Sussex County Council.
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.
In recognition of the complexity and demands of working with our most vulnerable families East Sussex has recently awarded a pay increase for social workers and senior social workers
£36,460 to £39,382 (Grade 11–12)*
Senior Social Worker
£44,108 to £47,431 (Grade 13)*
*Please note that these salaries include a time-limited market supplement - you can view the basic salary on our Salaries scales page
For more information regarding our current vacancies please contact one of the following:
Karen Baurer Operations Manager, Family and Youth Support Services East
Phone: 07833 294993
Judy Leigh, Operations Manager, Family and Youth Support Services West
Phone: 01323 464086
About the role
We are looking for creative and professionally curious Social Workers, to join our Outstanding children’s social work teams. We seek ambitious social workers who are committed to achieving the very best outcomes for children in our locality.
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. We offer a competitive package including a wide range of benefits.
In East Sussex we can bring about change by doing things differently. We believe its relationships that matter, not statistics and targets. That means our Social Workers spend as much time as possible with children and families, adopting Connected Practice at the core of our work. We know it works because our practitioners and families tell us so.
Because we know social work is a tough job, we provide comprehensive support and training packages at all levels with clear career progression opportunities. We have a stable leadership team and we can ensure you have the tools and support you need including:
- flexible working practices supported by the latest technology
- access to expert advice and support – including reflective supervision and consultations with child psychiatrists and psychologists
- evidence-based team learning, group supervision, online research tools
- advanced training in partnership with Sussex University
- an exciting new career development framework
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 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.
From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. 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.