Social Worker - Fostering Recruitment and Assessment Team
In ECC we are "Serious about Social Work".
Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 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, the right supervision, training and learning opportunities they need to be strong practitioners.
The recruitment of prospective foster carers is a real strength across the fostering service, as it strives to achieve the very best outcomes for the children in care in Essex. This is an amazing time to join the Fostering Service as there are many new and exciting developments taking place and it is a great opportunity to be part of a dynamic, supportive and friendly team.
You will be responding to enquiries from prospective foster carers from all over Essex. As part of this role you will have the opportunity to participate in recruitment activities including information events and training. You will be assessing prospective carers to ascertain if they can offer trauma informed parenting to our vulnerable children and young people. As part of this role you will work in partnership with our foster carer ambassadors to inform and support both our carers and communications strategy. You will also be expected to cover duty when required. You will need to be able to produce high quality, analytical and reflective assessment reports to be presented to our fostering panel, dealing with any safeguarding issues prior to making a clear recommendation to panel.
What you'll need to join our Fostering team
You will be committed to systemic, relationship based social work, providing effective, innovative interventions and with the ability to build good partnerships, both with our external partners, within the organisation and with families.
In turn, we can offer you a highly competitive package that includes access to our desirable pension scheme, life assurance (of three times your salary), generous annual leave - plus the option to buy additional holiday. Optional benefits such as tax-free savings on childcare and discounted health and dental care are also available, and we will encourage you to develop your skills with ongoing training opportunities.
Crucially, we know that there is more to life than work. We are a motivated and enthusiastic team - but we want you to find an exceptional work/life balance. As such, you will be encouraged to make the most of our commitment to flexible working arrangements, including the chance to work from home.
So, if you want a better quality of life - complemented by a high degree of job satisfaction - then we would be delighted to welcome you to our friendly and inclusive team.
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 their belongings 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.
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.
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 have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Recruitment Team on 03330135888