Social Workers – Children with Disabilities

Location
Bexley (City/Town), London (Greater)
Salary
£31,254 - £40,302 (inclusive of Choices Flexible Benefits of £2,277 pa)
Posted
22 Jun 2018
Closes
31 Aug 2018
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time

We are a London Borough based in the southeast of London. With direct and easy access into central London, we also have the advantage of being on the borders of Kent with easy access to the Kent coast and the continent.

We believe that we can provide you with the best opportunities to develop your career in

Social Work. It is an exciting time to join our Children’s Services with a strong leadership team taking us through our improvement journey.

We have a significantly high number of permanent workers, with 85% of our staff permanently committed to us – and that number continues to grow! We offer great pay and incentives, excellent training and a great place to live.

As a Council, we prioritise our responsibilities for children, young people, their families and carers. We are working to strengthen families, to enable them to identify their own solutions where there are difficulties, creating strong family networks and effective safety plans as the fundamentals to the protection and care of children.

We are one of ten ‘English Innovation Project’ (EIP) authorities, sponsored by the Department for Education, as we implement Signs of Safety, using it to strengthen professional practice and improve the long term outcomes for families and children. Relationships are at the centre of social work here in Bexley and practitioners want to come and be part of what we are trying to deliver.

Our Academy and Workforce Team have developed targeted career pathways to provide you with great opportunities for development because we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to grow, develop, and progress at all stages of their career.

At Bexley we offer a comprehensive range of training opportunities and professional development through appraisal, coaching, mentoring and aspiring leaders programme. Working here you will be able to try out new ideas and progress your career making social work at Bexley a profession that is yours to own.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Social Workers in our 0-18 Children with Disabilities Service. Our social workers have a passion for working with the most vulnerable children with severe & profound disabilities in an enthusiastic, dynamic and supportive way.

Our Children with Disability Service safeguards and promotes the welfare of children in line with Children Act 1989 and 2004, Children & Families Act 2014 and Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance 2015.  

We work with the SEN education department to implement the biggest education reforms in a generation for children and young people with special educational needs which became law in September 2014. In line with the Children and Families Act (SEND Reforms).

We work with Children in Need, Looked After Children & Children subject to Child Protection Plans. We also work to the Public Law outline and initiate care proceedings. 

We keep children and young people at the heart of our work. We listen to children, respect their views and champion their rights ensuring that each child’s voice informs the work that we do.

 We have a permanent management team and you will receive monthly reflective supervision, training and professional development as part of the role.  There are regular team meetings and development opportunities as well as opportunities for career progression.  

Ideal candidates will possess highly developed knowledge in children’s social work practice and ideally will have experience of working with children with disabilities.

 

Make Social Work at Bexley a profession that is yours to own

Our offer includes:

  • An excellent working environment at our fantastic offices
  • Workable caseloads
  • Up to 31 days annual leave per year (plus bank holidays)
  • Professional supervision
  • Mentoring/coaching
  • Opportunities for flexible working with excellent ICT facilities
  • Bexley has a flexible and generous package to support you moving to work in Bexley.  We will pay up to £8k which you can use as you wish, e.g. to pay a deposit or mortgage, to meet housing costs, fees and other expenses.
  • Career progression pathways for training and continuous professional development
  • Signs of Safety Training and the opportunity to become an SOS Practice Lead
  • Opportunity to engage in our Aspiring Leaders Programme
  •  Reimbursement of HCPC subscription
  • Our Choices Benefits include a lease car or cash options to the value of £2,277 per annum
  • Excellent local government pension scheme
  • Performance related pay with the opportunity to earn a 5% bonus each year
  • My Choice Staff Benefit Scheme – Includes Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, access to high street shopping vouchers and online discount codes.
  • Annual Leave Purchase Scheme

View more about our employment deal here.

Your Application:

Closing Date for your application: 26 September 2018 but your application will be reviewed quickly with regular interview panels taking place prior to the closing date

Please visit https://jobs.bexley.gov.uk/wrlive to find out more and apply

CVs will only be accepted if submitted with a completed application form.

This authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

This post is considered by the authority to be a customer-facing position; as such it falls within scope of the Code of Practice on English language requirement for public sector workers. The council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the JD/Person Specification. These will be applied during the recruitment/selection and probationary stages.

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