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Social Work Resource Officer

  • Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/199776/23515
  • Published: Wed 04/05/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 26/05/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £28,226 - £32,798
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Portslade Hub, Mile Oak Road, Portslade

Job introduction

Do you enjoy helping children and young people in care? Can you communicate and engage with a wide range of people? Do you have great attention to detail? Due to the nature of our child and young person-focused work, it can be challenging as well as rewarding.

If so, these roles in our friendly Children's Placement Team might interest you!

As a Resource Officer, you will join a busy team of enthusiastic people who are great communicators, to help find a home for children and young people who come into care.  These placements could be within foster care, children's homes or supported accommodation, this communication is via digital, phone and face to face contact with our in house team and our external providers.

Interview date: tbc

For an informal discussion, please contact Shelley Gurr - Manager Children's Placement Team on 07702 114 437 

About the role

In the Children's Placement team, the Social Work Resource Officer will work alongside Commissioners/Social Workers in the placements team, as the first point of contact for Social Work Pods needing to identify placements for children and young people. 

We are looking for someone who is able to work, at times, under pressure to identify various types of placements for our child in care cohort including care leavers. 

This will include working within our duty system following compliant commissioning procedures and processes.  Resources Officers will also need to manage an allocated caseload of 16+ providers including negotiating fees and support packages.

You will be able to work proactively as a member of the team to support the commissioner make appropriately matched placements to achieve safe and stable outcomes for children.

You will also be able to work in partnership with carers, colleagues and external agencies to deliver an effective service. This post requires excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills, in at times, highly sensitive situations.

We have developed a relationship based system that provides containment for social work staff so they can build ongoing relationships and use these relationships to make a difference for children and young people. This system is made up of small teams/pods of workers who work closely together with the families they are supporting. 

Five years ago, we re-designed our Children’s Social Work service based on feedback from families, young people and our practitioners. The changes we introduced have had a positive impact for social work staff and their ability to provide consistent and purposeful support to children and young people. The principles behind our model and how we have brought about positive change are subject to an ongoing evaluation. This was published as a report with the University of Sussex’s Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research in July 2017 – ‘Empathy, tenacity & compassion'.

For more information about the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us and for how we can support you during the application process, read this: Supporting your application

 

Please read our Apply for a job at the council (brighton-hove.gov.uk) pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.

As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and provide answers to some shortlisting questions. Your answers to the shortlisting questions are the most important part of your application as they will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Shortlisting questions guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.

Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours 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 Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Part office / part home – hybrid -  We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.

Working arrangements are subject to Government guidance at the time. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.

For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)

Company information

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

Encouraging a diverse workforce

Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.

Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).

  • Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/199776/23515
  • Published: Wed 04/05/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Closing on: Thu 26/05/2022, 0:00 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37
  • Salary: £28,226 - £32,798
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Portslade Hub, Mile Oak Road, Portslade

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