Our Long Term Teams work in partnership with families and other professionals to keep children within their naturally connected networks wherever safe and possible. Adopting relationship based practice, enables us to strive to ensure all our children and families have meaningful and professional encounters with our Social Workers. The ideal candidate for this role will be dynamic and flexible with great inter-personal skills, excellent recording skills, and a sound knowledge of children’s legislation and thresholds – as well as the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and be able to multi-task.
This is an exciting time to join Wokingham Borough Council as we expand our children’s workforce to meet an increase in demand for our services and create innovative new teams, using Signs of Safety as our practice framework.
When Children's Services get involved in the life of a child our priority is to make sure our social workers have the support, time and resources they need to provide an excellent quality of service - the kind of service we ourselves would wish to receive.
"Social workers are benefiting from reduced and manageable caseloads that are enabling them to do meaningful direct work with children and their families. Consequently, many children are safer at home and their circumstances have improved." (Ofsted Focused Visit, 2021)
We know that the success of ANY team will be dependent upon the people we employ. Social Workers in Wokingham are valued for the important and challenging work they undertake and will find an environment where their learning and development is promoted and supported. We are keen to hear from those that are flexible, dynamic and willing to work with safe uncertainty, to achieve the best outcomes for our children.
We are committed to our social workers having caseloads that give them time to focus on relationship based practice. To reflect this we are seeking experienced, permanent Social Workers who have a passion for working with and improving outcomes for children.
The Social Worker role – you will work in partnership with children, young people and those connected to them, in order to co-create plans that meet their identified needs.
We have vacancies for experienced Social Workers in our Long Term Teams. The goal of these teams is work in partnership with families and other professionals to keep children within their naturally connected networks wherever safe and possible. Where this is not possible we aim to work with children and their families to achieve permanency outside of family, whilst maintaining connections in accordance with the child’s needs.
Wokingham Borough Council is based in Wokingham Town Centre, recently crowned the healthiest place to live in the UK. Wokingham is an attractive market town in Berkshire, with excellent road and rail links and is easily accessible from London and Reading. The Borough has good schools and low levels of crime and the town is attractive to families and residents, who enjoy a high quality of life.
Wokingham Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, other workers and volunteers to share this commitment. All successful candidates for this role will be subject to Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks along with other relevant employment checks.
Wokingham is an equal opportunities employer.
What we can offer you:-
- Manageable caseloads and supportive management
- Excellent Learning & Development programme
- Generous Annual Leave allowance
- Flexible work
- Enhanced Local Government Pension Scheme
- Employee Assistance Programme
Please visit us at www.wokingham.gov.uk/why-wokingham-childrens-services for more information about Our Offer.
Please note, this vacancy is for experienced Social Workers only.
We are currently only able to accept applications from UK applicants.
All applicants must have a full driving licence and access to a car.
Closing date for applications: Sunday 27th November at 11pm.
For an informal discussion about this role please contact firstname.lastname@example.org