Do you see yourself promoting compassionate and relational practice in social work?
Would you like the opportunity to co-produce in shaping and developing lives of children?
Would you like to join a council that is invested in positive outcomes for children?
If yes, we have the perfect role for you!
Our Referral and Assessment Service are looking to recruit Advanced Practitioners to join our amazing team and help play a central role in achieving positive outcomes for children in Wandsworth!
Here in Wandsworth we are on an exciting journey of transformation. We are adopting the Family Safeguarding Model that promotes relationship based social work. We are investing massively on all our staff, our leaders as well as partners to enable us to make a success of our engagement with families and communities. We passionately believe that if we invest in new ways of thinking and working, you'll have everything you need to do the job you trained for. We have an incredibly sound, solid and strong leadership in Ana Popovici and Nick Pendry who have an exciting vision in transforming our approaches to the most vulnerable in society.
About the service
The Referral and Assessment Service has been subject to a recent restructure with a newly created Integrated Front Door that includes MASH, Early Help and a Specialist Hub that consists of a Domestic Abuse Specialist Worker, Child Exploitation Worker, Parental Substance Misuse worker, No Recourse to Public Funds Worker and Family Group Conference practitioners. We have 6 assessment teams, a specialist St George’s hospital social work team, a Social Workers in Schools Project Team and the Out of Hours service.
The service has enjoyed a stable, knowledgeable, creative, fun and exciting bunch of leaders. We now have Advanced Practitioner vacancies within the Integrated Front Door. You will be working collaboratively with your colleagues across the service and the partnership to deliver a high-quality and responsive social work service in Referral and Assessment (RAS). We value each staff member in the service to be a leader and champion of exemplary practice and work with families with a range of needs including child protection, care proceedings, and looked-after children.
Our Front door is dynamic, has excellent partnership relationships that we continue to build upon as well as building our links with community-based resources. We work closely with our excellent Early Help Service and a range of Targeted Services in the borough, https://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/news/news-july-2021/summer-is-unlocked-for-young-people-in-wandsworth/
You will work collaboratively with our families, partners as well as colleagues within the Long-Term teams, bringing together and coordinating the team around the child to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to safeguarding, as well as Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Review.
As an advanced practitioner in the MASH team, you will be responsible for ensuring timely and effective decision-making, case allocation incorporating the trajectory model, engaging with the multi-agency partnership, promoting partnership working including developing links with services across Wandsworth. You will be key in promoting Wandsworth’s Family Safeguarding Model promoting relationship based social work and interventions, purposeful assessments, excellent social work practice at the front door and responding to the needs of community.
We have an excellent training offer for Team Managers, Advanced Practitioners and Social workers ranging from accredited leadership programmes including Masters Level Leadership and Management training, Systemic Training from the Centre for Systemic Practice, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Practice and various other reflective spaces to promote best practice.
- Earn up to £50k including market supplement
- Welcome bonus of £5,000 paid in two instalments over 12 months.
- Access to great transport links
- Receive a comprehensive and competitive pay and benefits package
For an informal discussion, please contact Teresa Hills on Teresa.Hills@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk
We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.
We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities. In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.
Indicative Recruitment Timeline
- Closing Date: 11:59pm Sunday 15th August 2021
- Shortlisting Date: Monday 16th August 2021
- Interview Date: Friday 20th August 2021
Useful Information: The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
How to apply?
To be considered for interview your application must highlight your knowledge, skills and experience listed in the Job Profile located at the bottom
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