Social Worker - South Fostering Team

Location
England, Essex, Basildon
Salary
£22700.0 - £40750.0 per annum
Posted
16 Oct 2019
Closes
26 Oct 2019
Ref
25651
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time
In ECC we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted this is an exciting time to join us. As if that wasn't enough, Essex has also been announced as a Partner in Practice by the Department of Education, and the Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) is the only Local Authority team in the country to be accredited by BASW as a CPD provider. We have invested in our workforce and created a positive environment for our social workers to make a difference and achieve change for our most vulnerable children and families through direct relationship-based social work practice. We have supported our staff to have an understanding of systemic theoretical framework and models underpinning our interventions; to have access to the right tools, equipment and resources; and also, the right supervision, training and learning opportunities they need to be strong practitioners.

Fostering

The Fostering Service recruit, assess, support and develop foster carers and Supported Lodging carers. The Teams match children to families and provide continual support. Placement support is a real strength across the fostering service, as it strives to achieve permanence and the very best outcomes for the children in care in Essex. This is an exciting time within the Fostering Service as there are many new developments taking place and it is a great opportunity to be part of a supportive and dedicated team.

Job Purpose Summary

As a Supervising Social Worker, you will be working with foster carers / Supported Lodging carers and their families to support and develop them in caring for vulnerable looked after children, in accordance with the Fostering Regulations 2011 and the National Minimum Standards of Fostering. You will be managing a defined caseload and will be working closely with other teams such as the Children in Care, Leaving and After Care, Children with Disabilities, Assessment & Intervention and the Family Support and Protection Teams.


What you'll need to join our Fostering team

  • Diploma or degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent.
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Social Worker.
  • Demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS).
  • Demonstrate ability in the application of social work knowledge, using emotional intelligence, analytical skills and act with confidence in challenging social and family situations.
  • A good working knowledge and ability to use information technology and related systems e.g. Word, SW case recording systems.
  • Required to work flexibly as required, including evenings and weekends if necessary.
  • The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

    Qualification certificates must be brought to interview.

    As part of employment with Essex County Council your role requires a DBS check and 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.

    Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits

    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. seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

    If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 03330135888.