Experienced Social Worker/Senior Practitioner
We’re Kirklees – Come and Join our team
We’re on an ambitious journey and looking for passionate and committed social workers to join our teams which are already transforming our children and young people services.
We are currently recruiting an experienced social worker who will be based in the 16+ Young Peoples Housing Team. Your role would be to work alongside Housing Support Officers, Social Care and Early Support Colleagues to assess unmet need and prevent young people from being street homeless.
Our last Ofsted inspection highlighted our progress stating:
"progress has been achieved through increased corporate commitment and investment in services, clear and focused leadership, strengthening of partnerships for example the duty and advice team, and improved workforce stability and engagement.
Children who need help and protection are now recognised, and risk of significant harm is quickly responded to.”
We are not complacent and continue our hard work on our improvement plan to ensure that we offer the best service to children and families in Kirklees.
Our progress so far is clear:
- The social work teams are now close to full complement and all leadership and management posts are filled with permanent staff.
- Advanced Practitioners provide more support for social workers and more focus on developing practice.
- Working in locality teams and building effective relationships with partners.
- A remuneration package which reflects the challenges of the role.
Our Offer to You:
“Senior managers have successfully recruited and retained social workers……. Kirklees Council nurtures and develops its new social work staff.” (Ofsted 2019)
We are pioneering a Restorative Practice approach to social work which involves innovation and locality working with high quality relationships at the heart of our approach. You will work with manageable caseloads and we will ensure that you have high-quality professional development and receive high standards of induction, supervision and management.
We have a bespoke learning and development offer at all levels of social work allowing you access to professional development opportunities enabling you to develop and progress your career. Our well-established career structure also supports us to develop our own managers and leaders.
Travel is an essential part of this job and therefore it would be extremely difficult for you to do your job effectively if you did not use a car for all or most of the time. It is essential that you hold a full and valid driving licence and it is expected that you will either use a council vehicle or your own car.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS ROLE ARE DETAILED IN THE PERSON CHECKLIST ON THE JOB PROFILE.
For appointment to Level 3 Social Worker applicants need to demonstrate they have successfully been assessed against the requirements of progression to Level III.
For appointment to Senior Practitioner, applicants need to demonstrate that they have successfully assessed against the requirements for Senior Practitioner level.
Appointments will be made at a level appropriate to your skills and experience.
For more information or to have an informal discussion please call 01484 221000 and ask for Theresa Racz, Service manager of the Front Door Service.
11 October 2020, 11:55 PM
This job is subject to an enhanced DBS check. A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.