Social Worker / Newly Qualified Social Worker - Adoption - Working for Essex
Salary: £32,787 to £44,826 per annum
Closing date: 08 Aug 2022
Location: Harlow
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 7739
Role: Social Care
About the role

Social Worker / Newly Qualified Social Worker - Adoption

Permanent, Full Time

£32,787 to £44,826 per annum

Location: Harlow

Working Style: Community-based worker

This position is open to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW’s) and Experienced Social Workers.

The starting salary for a NQSW is £29,236 per annum and this will rise to £32,787 per annum on successful completion of the ASYE programme. 

 In line with our newly created Skills and Capability Framework for an experienced Social Worker the basic salary is between £32,787 per annum and £44,826 per annum with entry points open at each of the 9 different stages of the salary range.

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://view.pagetiger.com/cerbygt/1

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!

Adoption

This is an exciting opportunity to join a team of social workers who co-ordinate, undertake and support assessments of suitable adoptive households and seek to identify suitable adoptive placements for children whose care plans are one of adoption. The team is based in Goodman House, Harlow, however the Adoption Agency covers the county and therefore we place children county wide and work with colleagues in our neighbouring quadrant teams when required.

Job Purpose

Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting the development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.

Social workers manage a defined caseload, including assessment of risk and purposeful intervention through direct, relationship based work and review, delivering excellent practice and value for money services.

A registered social worker, educated to degree level, with an ability to demonstrate practice in accordance with current professional standards. Experienced in developing strong working relationships with partners, other agencies and stakeholders to deliver improved outcomes.

Service/Functional Accountabilities

Assess complex social care needs and provide support to children and families.

  • Develop support plans that gain commitment to solutions that enable the child, young person and family to build resilience and look forward to a brighter future.
  • Accountable for working within the statutory legal framework, policy and guidance and determining when the threshold for statutory intervention has been reached.
  • Work collaboratively, building effective relationships with internal and external partnerships and stakeholders and the voluntary sector, to assist children and their families and carers in gaining support.
  • Accountable for conducting assessments and plan responses to safeguard a child or young person and promote their welfare, including appropriate intervention as determined by need.
  • Develop a child centred approach which enables early intervention and prevention and increases independence.
  • Pro-actively influences in a range of inter-agency planning, decision making and case discussions.
  • Communicate assessments and professional judgements clearly and succinctly both orally and in writing, including report writing and court statements.
  • Work with families, communities and individuals to help people get the best start in life and age well, supporting strategic aims.
  • Specific individual and shared targets and objectives are defined annually within the performance management framework.

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.

To read more about us please visit: https://www.workingforessex.com/role/children-families

Please take a look at our ‘No Magic’ Children & Families video here

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. Read more about us here.

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

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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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If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email resourcing.team@essex.gov.uk