Hours: 37 per week
Contract Type: Permanent
You already know you want to be a Social Worker, you’ve done the training, you have the skills, but have you considered WHERE you want to be, to make a real difference?
The Isle of Wight is a county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is in the English Channel, between two and five miles off the coast of Hampshire, separated by the Solent, 11 minutes by Hovercraft. The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times, and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and landscapes of fields, down land and chines. The island is designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and over half is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty.
However, hidden behind all this beauty, many families really struggle, and we have areas of socioeconomic deprivation and child poverty. Parts have a low paid rural economy reliant on tourism and agriculture, now further affected by the covid pandemic. However, we also have dynamic international high-tech companies, national and local investment and world class sporting events; making the Isle of Wight a great place to live and work.
On the Isle of Wight, the overall average house price means you get more for your money compared to many other places in the South-East. On a starting salary of £32k, a relocation grant of up to £8k makes buying your first home affordable or moving up to a bigger house achievable. Our market supplement provides up to an additional £4k a year as you progress. You have 31 days annual leave a year to enjoy all what the Isle of Wight has to offer. In a recent poll with social workers across the South-East, work life balance was their top priority when deciding on a job. We will invest in you and your career by providing you with five extra days for you to take to focus on your professional development with our support. We operate a nine-day fortnight which means you get an additional 26 days’ time off in lieu a year. You will have a state-of-the-art laptop, SMART phone and an online SW toolkit plus we are implementing a brand-new ICS system.
Our Council has invested further in children’s social care. We are now recruiting an additional permanent social worker in each of our four CASTs (Child Assessment and Safeguarding Teams, which have combined our referral and assessment and child in need teams). Plus, we already have an additional agency social worker in each CAST to add capacity during this current time. Each team will now have 8 social workers plus a graduate trainee, meaning despite rise in demand, caseloads remain at 19 or below. You will have a social worker personal assistant to do all your administration and organise your diaries, visits and recording. Our Resilience Around the Families Team is a dedicated resource for you to draw upon when working with families. We have adult mental health professional, adult substance misuse professionals, child mental health specialists, PCOs, a team of trained volunteers, access to a range of early help support services including parenting and domestic abuse interventions.
We have a really positive, supportive culture and working environment. Even our agency workers don’t want to leave and if they do, they ask to come back as they have said the Isle of Wight is the best children’s social care service they have worked in. We work to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight model which is a strengths-based, multi-disciplinary approach focussed on building resilience in individuals, families and communities, whilst managing risk and safeguarding children.
We continue to be in our successful partnership with Hampshire County Council rated as outstanding by Ofsted across all areas, with their Director of Children’s Services our DCS too.
So now you have started thinking, I want to be a social worker on the Isle of Wight, what are the roles that we are recruiting to at the moment and where people can find the details?
Children’s Assessment and Safeguarding Teams have several vacancies
Ofsted have rated us as a GOOD children's social care across all areas following our last inspection published in 2019.
Ofsted found that:
'Children's lived experience is at the centre of social work practice on the Island.'
'Aspirational and highly competent leaders have a clear and shared vision for children's services.'
So, as a social worker, is it important to you that children's lived experience is at the centre of your social work practice? To be part of a team that supports you, with a manager that you trust and respect? Do you want to work with aspirational and highly competent leaders, that have a clear and shared vision for children's services?
If yes, then please get in touch and start your journey to the Isle of Wight today.
For further information or an informal discussion please contact Simon Dear via email@example.com or by calling on 01983 821000.
You will be contacted for an interview if you are successful with your application.
Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.
This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Safer Recruitment policy and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.
The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination, we actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees. The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer and is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community.
In addition to the above, the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that providing an individual meets the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled, they will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.
In the interests of efficiency and economy, no further communication will be sent to you unless you reach the final shortlist. This means that if you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion.
Please note that this role falls within the strategic partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and Hampshire County Council. The employer will be the Isle of Wight Council and employment is on Isle of Wight terms and conditions. Hampshire County Council delivers, on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council, all of its children’s services functions and did so for an agreed period of five years from 1 July 2013, the original five year partnership arrangement under direction of the Secretary of State finished in 2018 but has been extended voluntarily by both local authorities for a further five years.
The management reporting line for this role is ultimately through Hampshire County Council Children’s Services Director/Assistant Director and managers who take operational responsibility for children’s services.
The Isle of Wight Council is committed to supporting all newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) through the implementation of a robust post graduate competency framework referred to as the Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE). The ASYE is intended to be the first stage of the continuing professional development for Registered Social Workers, and the framework will be closely allied to the Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF). You will be therefore, be required to satisfactorily complete the ASYE programme within a 12-month period (or 18 months if part time).
Closing Date: 2 December 2022