About the role
Are you a Social Worker who puts children and their families at the forefront of everything you do? Are you committed to the highest standard of service delivery?
Do you want to be part of an innovative service and inclusive management team who constantly strive to make a difference?
If so, West Berkshire Council may have the management role you’ve been waiting for.
What makes a great social worker is their ability to develop and maintain high quality relationships with children and their families. In order to do this effectively, they have to be given the right support and guidance and a working environment where they can flourish. This is where you come in.
We are looking for an exceptional professional to support the Team Manager in providing operational management to our Contact, Advice & Assessment Service and M.A.S.H. This will include oversight of supervisees, cases and financial resources and risk assessment. You will also be given the opportunity to deputise for the Team Manager.
We cannot overstate the importance of continuing to deliver our high quality and effective service that meets relevant legislation, regulations and standards. As a service we take pride in holding ourselves to strict good practice guidelines and agreed performance targets. To ensure we target our efforts where they are needed we ‘work with’ our children and families, extended family members and partner agencies to ensure the best outcomes possible.
To be successful in this crucial role, you will be a highly skilled, experienced and motivated Social Worker. You will have the gravitas and influence to support and inspire your team and others to meet our high professional standards. Enabling positive change in the lives of our most vulnerable is no easy feat, so you must be committed to introducing effective working practices to meet the changing needs of children and young people. You’ll also have an excellent knowledge of SW legislation and a strong commitment to safeguarding children.
Some management experience or experience as a Practice Educator would be beneficial but it’s not essential for the right candidate. We are committed to helping talented social workers develop and take their first step into management. However, it is essential that you hold a current HCPC registration, and a full driving license.
Passionate, committed, forward thinking, innovative individuals please apply as you will be joining a service with like-minded people who have played a vital part in shaping the way in which we work.
At West Berkshire council, we recognise that managing and working in a frontline team is demanding. To be effective, teams need achievable caseloads, good supervision and a real break at times. This is why we invest in our frontline staff with a unique benefits package and a serious commitment to career development.
This ethos of care and progression is why many of our staff have chosen to develop their careers with us. However, it also doesn’t hurt to reward loyalty. With this in mind, we also offer a £15,000 retention bonus and three months of paid sabbatical leave for those who serve the council for over three years.
We have a strong relationship based and 'Restorative Practice' culture and aim to work with families in a way which recognises and builds on their strengths.
West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as flexible working, access to a wide range of relevant training, local government pension scheme, family friendly policies, a range of local discounts and much more. You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement of 26 days per annum rising to a maximum of 34 days, depending on how long you’ve worked for us and the grade of your job. You will also have free car parking, car allowances and access to car loans.
A relocation package of up to £8,000 may be payable.
We are proud of our Service, and work together in a positive and supportive environment to find solution and resolution in everything we do. Join us and be part of a team whose focus remains firmly on the child.
This role has been identified as public facing in accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2017; the requirement to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English applies.
For an informal discussion, please contact Karen Atalla on 01635 503190
Interviews to be held on 5th February.
How to Apply
Please complete an online application form.
This role requires the incumbent to have a car available at work to undertake his/her duties as they will be expected to undertake at least 1500 business miles per year. Essential Car User status attracts a lump sum allowance paid on a monthly basis as well as a free car parking space if he/she works at one of the Council’s corporate buildings.
West Berkshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share these values. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. Successful candidates will be offered employment subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.
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