Social Worker - Family Support & Protection - Working for Essex
Salary: £32,787 to £44,826 per annum
Closing date: 17 Aug 2022
Location: Harlow
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 6266
Role: Social Care
About the role

Social Worker - Family Support & Protection

Permanent, Full Time

£32,787 to £44,826 per annum

Location: Harlow

Working Style: Community-based worker

Closing Date: 28th July 2022

Have you ever been interested in how Family Support and Protection’s social work practice differs from other teams?

Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It’s an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been named Outstanding by Ofsted, we are delighted and at the same time humbled to have been crowned Social Work Employer of the Year for the second time in the last three years!

There is ‘No Magic’ to it, click here to see why

We are looking for motivated social workers, who are passionate about making a difference for children and their families, to join our team.

Family Support & Protection

The Family Support and Protection (FS&P) teams work with families on Child in Need & Child Protection plans to promote sustainable change. FS&P Social Workers are responsible for building positive relationships with families us ing systemic and strengths based social work approaches. The work is varied and involves working with Public Law Outline (PLO), Court work including S.7 report and when necessary, taking families into proceedings and some Special Guardianship Order (SGO) assessments. Through regular reflective supervision and access to CPD/Training from the Essex Social Care Academy a BASW accredited CPD provider you will be encouraged to be creative and innovative in the direct work you undertake with families. We believe that giving families a supportive environment, encouragement and insight helps them to navigate and achieve change. This means we can say goodbye to families knowing they have to tools to sustain change.

This is a great opportunity to join a friendly, stable, and dedicated team. If you have a warm and caring personality, are organised, feel passionate about supporting children and their families, believe in a strength-based approach, can work within given timescales, and have a good sense of humour, you’ll fit in well within this supportive and experienced service.

Why the team enjoy working here…………

“The Family Support & Protection team have been really supportive when I moved from student to my ASYE role. I can go to anyone in the team if I need support and everyone is friendly and welcoming. The training is expansive, really interesting and helpful for the work. You are encouraged to work and think systemically when working with families which means you can be really creative in how you support families support change.”

Frances Pettifor, Newly Qualified social worker (FS&P)

“Essex County Council offers excellent training, spanning all areas and are committed to practice development. FS&P West are a supportive team and we all look out for each other. Essex has a good structure of managerial decision’s and the protocols are executed well, so you always know what you need to do”

Maxine Burt, Consultant Social Worker (FS&P)

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • A recognised social work qualification i.e. Diploma, degree or Masters in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent, with current registration with Social Work England as a registered social worker.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development, aligned to any relevant Professional Competency/Capability frameworks or Knowledge and Skills Statements.
  • Experience within a social work setting with evidence of challenging social and family situations.
  • Strong communication skills and an ability to develop a rapport and engage with diverse groups of individuals.
  • Developing strong relationships with partners, other agencies and the local community, to achieve joint objectives and offer a supportive framework for children and families.
  • Understand delivery of value for money interventions balanced against need.
  • Evidence of clear decision making in order to highlight and limit the potential risks associated with intervention.

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.

As part of employment with Essex County Council 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 visit: https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link: https://www.workingforessex.com/working-here/pay-reward/ 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. We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people, as diversity is key to our success. If you’d like to find out more about our latest opportunities, blogs, news, events and industry related news click here to join our talent pool . If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email resourcing.team@essex.gov.uk.