Social Worker - D-Bit (core)
Social Worker West D-Bit (core)
Permanent, Full Time
£32,065 to £43,839 per annum
Closing Date: 20th June 2021
This position is open to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) and Experienced Social Workers.
The starting salary for a NQSW is £28,592 per annum and this will rise to £32,065 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 £32,065 per annum and £43,839 per annum with entry points open at each of the 9 different stages of the salary range.
A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a permanent, full time Social Worker working in West D-BIT Service, based at Goodman House, Harlow.
D-BIT Core Teams work with children / young people and their families where there are concerns that the relationships shared between family members are strained and referring social workers have assessed there to be a significant risk of the child / young person becoming estranged from their families and networks.
D-BIT work with families holds the child / young person at the centre of engagement with a mindfulness regarding the importance of family and relationships at all times. The majority of the families we work with, are finding it difficult to communicate with one another. They may have lost sight of the things that strengthen and sustain their relationships and lives. Our work involves listening, reflecting, talking with families and supporting them to find their own way to move things on in their relationships. Our best hopes are that this work will enable them to build bridges and provide opportunities for family members to re-engage with the things that work for them. Many individuals and families identify new things about themselves and their strengths that are helpful. We encourage everyone in the family to value the things that are working well and to do more of this. We explore the value of these changes with them in whole family conversations and activities. We approach our work in this way because we know that can work and promote good outcomes for children / young people and their families.
As a new or an existing Social Worker joining the team you will:
- Work flexibly with children / young people and their families, within their homes and/ or in the community.
- Work with families at times that are good for them, so you would likely find yourself undertaking a considerable amount of work with families in their homes in the afternoons and early evenings
- Occasionally there is a requirement to work on weekends where it is a best fit for families or engage families with activities.
- Work closely with referring Social Workers and other agencies.
- Have the opportunity to develop knowledge, skills and experience of using a Solution Focussed Approach in your work with families
D-Bit West is an inclusive reflective and creative team and is passionate about working alongside families to support them in creating the positive change they wish to see. Our team members have a range of social work/ alternative experience and backgrounds but are united in using a Solution Focused approach in the work with families. You will have access to reflective and solution focused supervision alongside team reflective case discussions and be within a supportive team environment. You will have the rewarding social work experience of seeing many families create change and being alongside them in this journey.
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.