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Social Worker - Family & Friends Assessment Team

Telford & Wrekin Council
Telford, Shropshire
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12 Aug 2022

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Essential car user allowance, free on-site parking and full reimbursement of your annual Social Work England registration fee.

Do you aspire to work for an ‘Outstanding’ Local Authority? Here at Telford and Wrekin Council, we have been judged to be outstanding overall in terms of effectiveness (the only Authority in the West Midlands with this judgement).

Here’s just some of the great things Ofsted had to say when they visited us recently: • Children are cared for and cared about • Social Workers and other staff who support children are very committed and they are exceptionally well trained • Children are listened to and their experiences are well understood • Senior Leaders aspire to a service for every child that they would welcome for their own • Children benefit from a stable workforce which is highly committed and experienced • Staff experience a wide range of development opportunities We are well adapted to a hybrid model of working which includes a combination of time spent in the office and at home – our approach is to promote greater level of flexible working around personal and family commitments.

We have a great opportunity for a full time social worker who has experience in working with children and families and court directed work and who is passionate and creative when working with children and their families. This busy team is very experienced, highly supportive, friendly and enthusiastic about what they do.

The successful applicant must have good communication skills and show professional curiosity. They must have experience of completing assessments and can adhere to court directed time scales.

Main accountabilities of the role:

The successful applicant will work with family and friends within a child’s network, to support, upskill and assess their ability to care for a connected child. They will complete a range of work that will feed into assessments such as viability, Form C fostering assessments and Special Guardianship assessments, supporting where appropriate children to reside within their network. An understanding of the fostering minimum standards and Special Guardian regulations would be a benefit, as well as experience of analysis and report writing.

This is a highly rewarding area of social work, with training and support offered to develop analysis, skills and report writing. There’s never been a more exciting time to join our service: alongside making a difference to the lives of individuals and families, we’re adopting exciting new strengths-based approaches and are passionate about delivering continuous service improvement. And our people are at the heart of this progress: that’s why from tailored in-house training to the West Midlands Teaching Partnership, we make sure they have access to the best development opportunities. If you share our passion for making a difference, we would be delighted if you joined us.

Telford & Wrekin Council values social work careers and believes in providing good quality experiences to social workers. We are committed to both you and to developing the future social work workforce. We have a robust supervision policy which is geared towards achieving positive outcomes for you as a worker and for the children and families we work with. You will have regular, quality supervision with your line manager.

Telford and Wrekin Council takes seriously the responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all the children and young people entrusted to our care and it is our expectation that all staff will share this commitment. We will ensure continuous development and improvement of robust recruitment processes and procedures that promote a culture of safeguarding amongst our workforce. Completion of an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check is a requirement for working with children and young people. This post is covered by the Code of Practice on the English Language Fluency Duty for public sector workers.

Job Description & Person Specification

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Why work for Telford & Wrekin Council?

As a co-operative council, the work environment is innovative, creative and entrepreneurial.

You will be joining an organisation that works hard on a personal and professional level, and most importantly, an administration that serves local communities to the highest possible standards. And, as a council employee, you are entitled to a range of excellent terms and conditions like flexible working hours, a modern working environment and, career progress.

What’s in it for you?

  • Good work/life balance. Work from home. Annual pay increments. Training courses and workshops. Annual Personal Professional Development (APPD) Automatic membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme. Discount on products and services, such as theme parks and discounted travel. Free parking for employees.
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01952 380000
Addenbrooke House
Ironmasters Way
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