Contact, Advice and Assessment Service (CAAS)
Successful applicants will benefit from:
•£15k retention bonus, payable after 3 years in post
•A 3 month sabbatical after 3 years in post (8 weeks paid leave and 4 weeks banked annual leave)
Effective Social Work involves developing and maintaining good quality professional relationships with children and their families. We are looking for skilled social workers who are prepared to commit to working in this way, and in recognition of this we have developed a unique package of benefits designed to support social workers to achieve this aim. We know the work is demanding and to be effective social workers need manageable case loads, good supervision and a real break from the work from time to time that is why we are investing in off line clinical supervision and sabbaticals for all front line staff working in child protection. We have a strong ‘Signs of Safety’ culture and aim to work with families in a way that recognises and builds on their strengths.
West Berkshire is committed to providing a wide range of training and development opportunities to support you in your career development.
CAAS is forward thinking and innovative in its practice. We are looking for individuals with drive and enthusiasm who are highly motivated to achieve ‘best outcomes’. If you are looking for a challenging and highly rewarding experience with a service that has a focus on continued learning and professional development we would welcome your application. You will be joining a service that is stable and fully staffed by permanent workers and managers.
In addition to our generous annual leave package and Local Government Pension, as a Social Worker CAAS, you will benefit from free car parking, car allowances and access to car loans. Successful candidates may also be eligible for a relocation package of up to £8k.
Applicants must be qualified with a minimum of one years post qualifying experience and an active Social Worker; registered with the HCPC. A full driving licence is essential because of the rural nature of the district. Our main offices are based in Newbury and the outskirts of Reading.
If you are interested in working with us and want to know more, do not hesitate to contact Karen Atalla (Service Manager) on 01635 503190 for a discussion, or you can go straight to the links below to see the job description and complete our online application form.
Visit www.westberks.gov.uk/socialwork for more information about our benefits and support package, but also to find out from our social workers and managers why West Berkshire is a great place to live and work.
Visit www.westberks.gov.uk/socialwork for more information about our benefits and support package, but also to find out from our social workers and managers why West Berkshire is a great place to live and work. Also why not sign up to our Children and Family Services Social Care Talent Pool on https://talentpool.jobsgopublic.com/westberkshire/social-care/profile. West Berkshire Council has exciting vacancies arising all the time. Rather than you having to search for them yourself, signing up to the Talent Pool means they come to you!
Step Up to Social Work
The Berkshire Regional Partnership has been successful in gaining funding for another cohort of Step Up to Social Work, for high achieving graduates who are thinking of a career change.
Opportunities are available at each of the local authority partners within the partnership : Bracknell Forest Council (Lead Partner), Reading now known as Brighter Futures for Children, Slough Children's Services Trust and West Berkshire Council.
Step Up to Social Work is a 14 month post graduate intensive fulltime qualifying programme. The course will start in January 2020 as part of the 6th cohort funded by the Department for Education.
So what do I need to apply?
You will need to have experience of voluntary or paid work with children, young people and families and will need to demonstrate your maturity and emotional resilience.
A minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification in a different subject
Or a 2:2 honours degree plus a higher degree (level 7 or above)
Grade C or above GCSE English Language and Maths
Live in England
Application is through the Department of Education website and the application window is open from 4th February –18th March 2019