Social Worker – Essex SGO Support Team (countywide) - Working for Essex
Salary: £32,065 to £43,839 per annum
Closing date: 08 Dec 2021
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 2716
Role: Social Care
About the role

Social Worker – Essex SGO Support Team (countywide)

Permanent, Full Time

£32,065 to £43,839 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

This position is open to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) and Experienced Social Workers.

The starting salary for a NQSW is £28,592 per annum and this will rise to £32,065 per annum on successful completion of the ASYE programme.

For more information on the Children and Families function, the services within the function and the office locations we work from please click on the following link: ps://

The team is based at County Hall, Chelmsford with a Countywide remit.

The SGO Support Team is part of the SGO & Connected Person Service, working closely alongside our two SGO & Connected Person Assessment teams. The team provides support and guidance to Special Guardians, children and birth parents affected by Special Guardianship Orders. This will include undertaking assessment of needs/support services plan, some court work, delivering group work and training, parenting support, life story work and assistance with contact, amongst other things.

Key Accountabilities

  • To ensure both the safety and best interests of the children are paramount and that child protection procedures are followed, in accordance with the statutory requirements of relevant SGO Regulations
  • To be involved in the assessment of needs, planning and intervention for children and adults affected by SGOs
  • To offer support and advice to children and adults affected by SGOs in accordance with the identified needs and the team offer of support
  • To undertake direct work with children including life story work and work around contact
  • To assess the risks for children living with special guardians and identify appropriate actions to address any risks
  • To complete reports as directed by Court
  • To facilitate support groups
  • To plan, facilitate and deliver workshops
  • To provide information and support to birth parents
  • To participate in disruption meetings when required, supporting the special guardians and children as appropriate
  • To provide contact mediation service and work towards helping the special guardians to improve their skills in managing contact
  • To work with complex family dynamics
  • To support and advise other childcare staff in this work as appropriate
  • To record information in line with the Department’s case recording policy
  • To participate in case discussions, Strategy Meetings, Legal Case discussions, Child Protection Conferences and Statutory Reviews, when required
  • To maintain a current knowledge in legislation and policy changes, research findings and practice developments, particularly in relation to SGO, including training and other professional development opportunities
  • To attend team meetings & well-being sessions monthly
  • To prepare for and attend supervision meetings with team manager

What you’ll need to join our Social Work team

To play a key part in transforming the lives of children and families, you need to be a qualified Social worker. Open to change, ready to innovate and keen to join an environment where you can stretch yourself professionally, make an impact individually and deliver positive outcomes collaboratively.

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The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

Why Essex?

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. To read more please visit:

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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