Location: Based in North Somerset and Remotely from home
Hours: Full time and part time hours per week available - please state within application which post you are most interested in
Our vision for our children and young people
To make North Somerset a truly 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.
There are many reasons why North Somerset is an attractive place to live, work and visit. For most, the district is renowned for its wonderful natural asserts, including part of the Mendip Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sites of Special Scientific Interest and 25 miles of beautiful coastline. It 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.
Following a period of change, North Somerset Council is on a journey of further transformation and improvement in its Children’s Services. As a result, exciting opportunities have arisen within the service. 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 using Signs of Safety and being Trauma informed. Our support offer 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. In particular we are seeking applicants who want to work in our:
• Front Door Team
• Family Support & Safeguarding Teams
• Children with Disabilities Team
• Children in Care Team
As a senior social worker, you will also be supported to develop your practice supervisory skills through mentoring and supporting and supervising some of our family support workers and newly qualified social workers (NQSWs), providing guidance, support and sharing best practice to the team. This is an excellent opportunity to progress your children and families social work career as an aspiring practice supervisor and we are keen to ensure career pathways are clear for aspirant managers as well as growing specialism and expertise for those who wish to stay in practice.
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 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.
This post is exempt under the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions) Order 1975 and is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.
We offer a culture of continuous learning with excellent training opportunities and our practice model is a Signs of Safety approach.
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. To find out more about our roles and what we offer please visit www.n-somerset.gov.uk/my-services/jobs-training/council-jobs/social-work-engineering/social-work. Please also see the Job Pack attached to this advert.
If you want to have an informal discussion about the roles, we have available please contact Dawn Newton, Head of Front Door & Family Wellbeing (Early Help) at email@example.com; Shelley Caldwell, Head of Family Support & Safeguarding at firstname.lastname@example.org or Paul Johnson, Head of Corporate Parenting at email@example.com
Anticipated interview date: TBA
North Somerset Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sections of our community regardless of age, disability, sex, race, religion, belief or sexual orientation. North Somerset Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
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.