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Social Worker / Newly Qualified Social Worker - A&I

Employer
Essex County Council
Location
England, Essex, Basildon
Salary
£32787 - £44826 per annum + + Free On-Site Parking & Benefits Package
Closing date
8 Aug 2022
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Closing Date: 9th August 2022

This position is open to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) and Experienced Social Workers.

The starting salary for a NQSW is £29,236 per annum and this will rise to £32,787 per annum on successful completion of the ASYE programme.

In line with our Skills and Capability Framework for an experienced Social Worker the basic salary is between £32,787 per annum and £44,826 per annum with 9 entry points across the range shown.

In Essex County Council we are "Serious about Social Work"

Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It's an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been named Outstanding by Ofsted, we are delighted and at the same time humbled to have been crowned Social Work Employer of the Year for the second time in the last three years!

Children and Families is recognised as a service in which social work can develop and prosper, with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion; promoting development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families; protecting them from neglect and abuse. Working together with partners delivering a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.

Assessment and Intervention (A&I)

These teams are the gateway through which children, young people, parents/carers and other agencies gain access to Children and Families services. Assessment and Intervention undertakes incoming assessments and short - term intervention work with families; working with children from pre- birth up to a child's 18th birthday.

They focus on children in need (CIN) and their families, offering three months' intervention. They also deal with S47 child protection enquiries and work jointly with the police and other partners in assessing immediate risk for children that come to our attention. A&I primarily transfer cases into Family Support and Protection Teams should families require longer-term intervention, or if the children become subject to a child protection plan or come into care of the local authority. If following an assessment and brief intervention the family do not require a social work service, they could be stepped down to Family Solutions as part of our Early Help Offer.

Job Purpose Summary

Managing a defined caseload, the social worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people and families/carers to achieve positive change and improved outcomes. This includes enquiry, assessment, purposeful intervention through direct work and review in relation to Child Protection, Child in Need and Children Looked After; achieving permanency through care for Children in Care.

What you will need

  • Diploma or degree in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent. Registration with Social Work England as a registered social worker.
  • Demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. Professional Capability
  • Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS)
  • Demonstrate an 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, social work case recording systems.
  • Required to work flexibly as required, very occasionally including evenings and weekends
  • 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.

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