Hertfordshire County Council has a fantastic opportunity for experienced social workers to join our frontline teams. We are currently looking for committed and passionate workers who would like to take the next steps in their professional career within a well-established and innovative local authority.
As a qualified social worker, you will be working at the forefront of best practice to deliver first class support to vulnerable children and families. This will include managing a complex and diverse caseload. As an innovation authority, we are committed to developing motivational social work practice and you will be trained to work in this way.
By changing our approach to families, they are changing their approach to us and we are managing to keep far more children at home safely with their families. You will carry out assessments and develop plans to support families using leading edge practices to create effective solutions for the children and families that we work with. You must have excellent written and verbal skills as you will need to prepare and deliver welfare reports to conferences and court hearings.
To be considered for one of our safeguarding teams, you will need to be a qualified and registered Social Worker with at least one year’s frontline experience as well as completion of your ASYE. You will have substantial knowledge of childcare legislation and experience of conducting assessments as well as presenting care plans to conferences and reviews.
You must be passionate about working with families to achieve the best outcome and will be a competent and proactive team player to support the smooth running and working of the service.
In return, we will offer a stimulating working environment, regular supervision meetings and training opportunities to help you to reach your full potential with the assistance and guidance of our specialist .
Our Assessment Teams undertake single child and family assessments for those circumstances where our Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub has identified the need for a social work assessment.
Our Family Safeguarding Teams are multi-agency teams that work with Child Protection and Child in Need cases and conduct the majority of our care proceedings. These are multi-disciplinary teams consisting of professionals in children’s and adult social work, domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental health will work together to tackle the root causes of risk in families.
These teams have the benefit of police support two days per week to assist with aggressive or evasive families and police colleagues will do out of hours visits during evenings and weekends to families on this programme to check on their welfare. Our clinical psychology service will support PLO and proceedings work with specialist assessments.
Our Children Looked After teams are responsible for providing high quality support and planning for children and young people who are in long term foster care, residential care and semi-independent care up until the age of 18. You will be supported by a dedicated Health team and Virtual School as well as a Brokerage Team that will find the most suitable placement. The service is supported by two Adolescent Resource Centres with emergency assessment beds and a treatment fostering support team.
Hertfordshire County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all of our employees. This includes:
•Competitive starting salary of between £33,358pa -£39,136pa (including market forces up to £5k & £1k welcome payment) Salary offer is dependent on experience
•Relocation Expenses of up to £6000 for those candidate that need to relocate forthe role
•Car lease scheme
•Free parking at all of our sites
•Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
•Flexible working arrangements including working from home and flexi time
•Up to 33 days annual leave entitlement
•Staff discounts in gyms, travel agents, car sales, restaurants and days out – please visit www.hertsrewards.co.uk for more detail.
About Hertfordshire County Council:
Hertfordshire County Council plays an important role in the life of the communities within the area and provides services to people in partnership with the private and public sectors, the voluntary sector and local people.
We employ 35,000 staff - in schools, libraries and fire stations across the county and in our four main offices in Hertfordshire: County Hall in Hertford, Farnham and Robertson House in Stevenage, Apsley 1 and 2 in Apsley, and our state of the art office and warehouse accommodation at Mundells in Welwyn Garden City.
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This is a rolling campaign and shortlisting will be undertaken on a regular basis.
Safeguarding children and adults is of utmost importance to Hertfordshire County Council. The Council requires employees to abide by legislation and best practice to enable Hertfordshire to achieve this. This role has been identified as requiring a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.
As part of the application you will be prompted to provide a supporting statement which is your opportunity to evidence how your skills, knowledge and experience match what we are looking for based on the PERSON SPECIFICATION area of the attached Job Outline. If you do not supply a supporting statement, your application may be rejected.
All questions marked with a * are mandatory question and must be answered – you will not be able to submit your application until all mandatory questions have been answered.
The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.
AS PART OF THIS ROLE YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO TRAVEL TO VISIT SERVICE USERS OUT IN THE COMMUNITY, EITHER IN THEIR HOMES OR AT OTHER VENUES IN ORDER TO UNDERTAKE ASSESSMENTS. YOU WILL ALSO BE REQUIRED TO ATTEND MEETINGS AT OTHER SITES OTHER THAN YOUR OWN WORK BASE. IN LIGHT OF THIS, REGULAR ACCESS TO A CAR IS REQUIRED FOR THIS ROLE.