A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Principal Social Worker to join the Adult Social Care team at Reading Borough Council. Reporting operationally to Assistant Director – Safeguarding, Performance Quality and Practice in the first instance and ultimately to the Executive Director of Social Care & Health Services (DACHS)
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity and inclusion is the key to our success. Reading Borough Council is a Disability Confident Employer and is committed to the recruitment and continued employment of people with disabilities.
It is an exciting time to join the Senior Management Team as we continue a significant programme of change and transformation. We are looking for an inspirational and innovative leader with significant knowledge and expertise in the practice and delivery of social work for adults across a range of settings.
About the Role:
As the successful Principal Social Worker you will provide leadership and professional support to social workers and be responsible for the development of social work practice and practice systems, promoting best practice which positively supports practitioners and the Council to meet the needs of the vulnerable Adults in Reading.
As we enter a crucial stage in recovery from the pandemic, you will be embedding a strength based culture across ASC to meet the needs of our residents, and deliver our workforce for the future, championing social work across the council, locally and with national partners.
The role involves working flexibly in covering across the Directorate and within the service as required, and at any council sites across the Borough to meet the needs of the service.
We offer a flexible working environment with a mixture of home working and access to an office based in the centre of Reading.
You will work within the legal framework provided by the statute, guidance, policies and procedures.
You will need to have:
- A degree or equivalent in Social Work
- Registration with Social work England
We offer excellent support, supervision and induction.
You will have access to our Learning and Development programme and be supported in your career and personal growth with opportunities to learn and develop new clinical skills, helping you to build your Continuing Professional Development portfolio, extending your skills and supporting you to grow as a social worker.
What CQC said about Reading...
‘A recent review by the Care Quality Commission recognized the good practice in the team here at Reading Borough Council.
Older people had a positive experience of health and social care services. People were treated with dignity, as individuals, and they found that services were provided in a timely and consistent way.’
The team consists of Team Managers, Senior Social Workers, Social Workers, Social Care Coordinators and Occupational Therapists.
We work closely with our colleagues in Reading Borough Council, Health Professionals, Voluntary and Charity colleagues to facilitate the best possible outcomes for those people we support.
You’ll be part of a team that relies on each individual to play their part to the best of their ability. As well as the colleagues that you work closely with every day, you’ll also be part of Team Reading, playing your personal part in making Reading a successful and vibrant place.
Our vision is to ensure that Reading realises its potential as a great place to live, work and play, and that everyone shares the benefits of this success. Our values and behaviours guide how we will achieve this:
Work Together as one team - champion and inspire a culture which ensures that all employees across the organisation work together to provide excellent outcomes for Reading
Drive Efficiency - create an environment in which resources are used efficiently and employees’ skills are developed and used effectively
Be Ambitious - aspire to deliver excellence and inspire and support others to reach their potential
Make a Difference to Reading - inspire a culture in which the customer is the focus and where change is welcomed as an opportunity
We offer a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition is strongly encouraged, and you’ll get a great feel for that working in our friendly and collaborative environment.
A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:
- Generous holiday entitlement - 24 days holiday each year plus bank holidays - rising to 32 days after 10 years' service, with the option to buy additional leave
- Maternity, adoption, parental and sick pay
- A wide range of flexible working opportunities
- Access to a range of training and learning opportunities to help you develop
- Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- Life Assurance - three times your annual salary (for members of the LGPS)
- On-site day nursery (Kennet Day nursery) rated outstanding by Ofsted, and a salary sacrifice scheme to help lower the cost of your nursery fees
- Season Ticket Loan - a loan to help with the cost of your rail or bus journey, to and from work
- Lease car salary sacrifice scheme allowing you to lease a brand new, greener car for three years. The monthly fee includes insurance, servicing and road tax
- Salary sacrifice scheme for Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) to help you save for your retirement
The role will be based mainly working from home but you will need to come into Reading from time to time for meetings.
If you would like to find out more about this role and the team please contact Jo Lappin (Assistant Director – Safeguarding, Quality, Performance & Practice) – 07773 000 382 or Joanne.Lappin@reading.gov.uk
Closing date: Sunday 30th January 2022
Interview date: tbc
Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.