How you'll make a difference
- Listening to children and young people with a disability and putting them at the heart of all that we do.
- Working in partnership with families, equipping them with the skills they need to ensure young people live in happy, healthy and safe homes.
- Working within a multi-agency network to ensure that assessment and planning is well coordinated and leads to positive outcomes for the child.
- We have a strong culture of giving staff the time, freedom and support to explore new and better ways of doing things, so we’re looking for individuals keen to use their creativity to deliver high quality, child-centred practices, which ensure the best outcomes for children and families.
- The 0-18 Children with Disabilities social care team within the 0-25 service has several functions, one of which is to provide information, advice and support to children, young people, their families and carers to enable children with disabilities to enjoy and achieve social inclusion. The team has a duty to safeguard vulnerable children and young people and to assess need, develop plans and provide services where appropriate. We will then review these plans regularly to ensure that outcomes are being achieved.
- The 0-18 Children with Disabilities social care team undertakes statutory social work in the areas of Child protection, Children in Need and the initial stages of Looked after Children, as well as working within the Public Law outline and Care proceedings on occasion. You will ensure vulnerable children and young people with a significant impairment or disability are identified, protected and supported to achieve positive outcomes through the provision of well planned, integrated and coordinated services.
What we need from you
- You will have experience of court work, as candidates will need, or be willing to develop experience and skills to assess a persons capacity and authorise any deprivation of liberty before the courts
- You will be a qualified social worker with relevant Social Work England registration to practice and a good understanding of asset and strengths based approaches to social work.
- You will evidence that you are a problem solver, confident about making important decisions, underpinned by a genuine passion to work collaboratively with children, young people and families to meet their goals and aspirations.
- You will be an advocate for innovation, positivity and dedication. You’ll welcome challenge and embrace change.
How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different
We invest in the careers of our people and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps our people make the greatest long-term difference in their work.
A career at South Gloucestershire is an opportunity for you to progress when you are ready.
Any post can become any social worker grade, be it at initial recruitment or through internal progression, our grades and salaries are:
- Social Worker £32,020 - £34,723
- Advanced Social Worker £36,298 - £39,493
- Senior Social Worker £40,478 - £43,516
We have a fluid career progression programme and structure, what does this mean for you?
- You no longer need to wait for a vacancy to gain promotion.
- Apply for progression assessment when you are ready, no restrictions on application windows.
- Earn a higher income for your recognised experience.
- Gain promotion without needing to change teams, managers or employer – fast track your potential.
- Senior roles leading to both managerial or practice specialist careers.
- Gain experience in other teams with secondment opportunities encouraged.
These posts attract a gross lump sum £3,000 ‘recruitment payment’ offered to enable Social Workers who have already successfully completed their ASYE to join our permanent workforce. This is payable upon successful completion of your probationary period (after approximately 3-6 months) and is subject to eligibility criteria. These posts are also eligible for the annual £3,000 ‘retention payment’, payable in November annually to those with two years’ service with the council in Integrated Children’s Services In an eligible post, inclusive of any ASYE period.
We also provide up to £8,000 relocation package, Housing Pilot, flexible working and a suite of employee benefits including a generous annual leave entitlement, pension and Social Work England registration fees reimbursement.
We know our team work best when they have balance in their lives and we offer genuine flexibility to help them achieve that work/life balance.
We recognise that our diverse team of skilled and dedicated people make us a great place to work. We welcome applications from everyone and ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and developed on the basis of their merits and abilities.
More information about our wider Children's Service can be found at www.socialworksouthglos.co.uk
Apply now with your CV and your personal statement, and a member of the team will be in contact with you to progress your application as a social worker here at South Gloucestershire Council.
Please note submissions will be reviewed weekly and interview panels take place every Friday morning via Microsoft Teams video link.
If you have any specific questions, our Recruitment Advisor is happy to assist, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re making a difference, be part of it!
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.