Advert introductionThe Senior Social worker role in the Contact Service is an exciting opportunity to work alongside the Contact Service Manager to develop and promote the work of the Contact Service.
The SSW will be responsible for supervising Community Family Workers and sessional workers, chairing contact set up and review meetings, providing training, consultations and advice to Pod Social Workers on contact planning for our children in care , including devising and reviewing contact plans submitted to court and in care plans.
Main advert detailBrighton and Hove Children’s Services are on a journey to improve outcomes for the children and families we support. Under our DCS, Pinaki Ghoshal, we have become one Children’s Service and we have excellent multi-agency partnership working – established, challenged and supported by an effective LSCB. We have re-designed our Children’s Social Work services to introduce a ‘Team Around the Relationship Model’, supporting our social workers to undertake relationship-based practice with children and families to help create safe and stable family lives. We are working with a range of partners, including the University of Sussex, the Centre for Social Work Practice, the Tavistock Centre, and our staff and children and families to make this vision a reality. As well as implementing a workforce development plan to support this re-design we are introducing group supervision and Reflective Practice Groups to ensure that social workers receive robust and reflective support.
Our model is based on social workers who are committed to relationship-based practice and using their relationships with families to affect change. We are currently recruiting talented Social Workers who can help us to develop excellent social work practice.
You must hold a Professional Social Work Qualification (e.g. CQSW, Dip(SW), MSW) and be registered as a social worker with the HCPC. In addition, you will need to have experience of working directly with children in need and their families in a multi-disciplinary service and be able to build strong, meaningful relationships with children from diverse backgrounds, their families and key agencies.
How we support you
We offer Senior Social Workers
• 1-2-1 support from Contact & Family Group Conference Service Manager
• Reflective Practice Groups;
• a robust programme of learning and development, including an innovative Continuing Learning and Assessment Model;
• opportunities to take part in practice research;
Interview date: 5th October 2018
Contact detailsFor an informal discussion please contact Nicola Bloom, Contact & Family Group Conference Service Manager on 01273 296522 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Additional informationAs part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BAME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check