Social Worker - Looked After Children
Enfield Looked After Children team are recruiting!
Enfield Looked After Children team are seeking confident, imaginative, and dynamic social workers to make a difference in vulnerable children’s lives. We are looking confident and skilled social workers who are determined to achieve the best for looked after children; to achieve their permanency and help them to meet their full potential.
Based in the bubbling heart of Enfield Town, situated in a modern newly designed client facing service hub, the new office has bespoke arears for service users and is an environment which supports our smart working policy surrounded by small businesses, bars, restaurants, a buzzing high street and shopping centre. Our brand new high-tech multiagency office has good transport links into Central London and is easily assessable to the M25, A10 and A406.
As a social worker in a Looked After Children's Team, your aim and role will be to support children living with relatives, family friends or foster families or prospective adopters, or older children living in children's homes. You will be responsible for ensuring their safety and support them towards independence, while fulfilling the council’s obligations as a corporate parent. You will be involved in permanency planning for children thorough Care Proceedings and beyond, ensuring their holistic needs are met in their long-term placement.
You will be required to prepare reports and attend Court to represent the Local Authority and should be experienced in Court work.
Through regular visits, assessments and by reviewing their Care Plan, you will nurture and develop meaningful relationships with children; understand and interpret their wishes, complete high-quality direct work and life story work with children.
You will be supported in this challenging role with regular reflective individual and group supervision. The role is to work alongside other professionals, to ensure that a child or young person receives appropriate care, education and health services, by working alongside other social workers and partnership organisations such as Foster carers, Health Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Education, The Regional Adoption Agency and Independent Reviewing officers.
Enfield is situated in North London and is a culturally diverse borough. Its wards include the 20% most affluent and deprived in the country, and a mix of industrial areas, residential and countryside.
You will need to hold a qualification in social work, have a clear criminal history and you need to be registered with the Social Work England. If you’re looking for interesting opportunities to further your career, or want to contribute too integrated multidisciplinary working for the wellbeing of children, and if you are a motivated and enthusiastic practitioner then we would like to hear from you; we could be your next step!
Contact Details -
If you would like to know more about the role, please contact Jessica Hallaways on 0208 132 2267 for an informal discussion or to arrange a visit to the team.
Enfield’s Social Care Centre of Excellence confirms our commitment to creating and maintaining an environment for new and existing staff to be the best and deliver high quality social work to our most vulnerable children and young people. It brings our recruitment, professional development and support into the one portal for social care staff to see what we have to offer and how we are supporting them to continue to learn and develop on a professional basis. For more information please visit https://new.enfield.gov.uk/centreofexcellence/about-us/
“This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment”.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications have been received. Therefore, we advise that you complete fully and submit your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
We do not see your name or title when shortlisting your application. This is one of many initiatives to build a more talented and diverse workforce. However, if you put your name on your CV or Statement it will be visible to us. For this reason, we ask that you do not include your name on these documents. Please note it is your responses to the Essential/Desirable criteria, as detailed in the Job Description and Person Specification which is available on the job advert, that will determine if you are shortlisted for an interview, therefore we encourage you to always address the essential and desirable criteria in your application/CV.
Why it's great to work for Enfield Council:
- An excellent pension through the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
- Up to 31 days annual leave depending on grade and length of service. You will also get eight public holidays per year and an extra day off at Christmas.
- A blend of remote and office based working for most roles.
- Interest free season ticket loan repayable over three or ten months.
- Career development and learning experiences from a range of training courses and learning methods.
- Employee Assistance Programme to provide advice and counselling services. This is a free and confidential service available to staff and members of their family.
- Health and leisure discounts and tax-free bikes for work.
- 1 month paid sabbatical for Children’s Social Workers
We are passionate about our people and how we deliver services to our community in Enfield. That’s why we encourage a culture that puts our customers at the heart of everything we do - by empowering our people to work together to find solutions, be open, honest and respectful, take responsibility and listen and learn. If you value these behaviours too, we’d love to hear from you - and of course we are always happy to talk flexible working, click here to find out more.
If you have previously applied for this role within the past 6 months, unfortunately, a second application will not be considered.