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Social Worker - Young People with Disabilities, North Essex

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Colchester
£34712 - £46751 per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2024

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Health and Social Care, Social Care
Job role
Social Worker
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Social Worker - Young People with Disabilities, North Essex

Fixed Term, Full Time

£34,712 to £46,751 per annum

Location: Colchester

Working Style: Community-based worker

Closing Date: 28th February 2024

This is 12 months Fixed Term Contract or secondment to cover maternity leave.

This position is open to Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSWs) and experienced Social Workers. (The starting salary for a NQSW is £31,161 per annum and this will rise to £34,712 per annum on successful completion of the ASYE programme)

Essex County Council understand how important flexibility and wellbeing is for our colleagues working across children's Social Care and that we need to think differently. We have therefore developed a nine-day working fortnight for full time frontline Social Workers within Children's services.

Join our dynamic team at Children and Families, where social work is not just a job, but a passion for making a positive impact in the lives of children, young people, and their families. Our service is built on a foundation of collaboration, integrity, and compassion, creating an environment where professionals thrive while promoting the development and well-being of those we serve.

Young People with Disabilities - YPWD Team:

Imagine a role where you play a crucial part in the journey of young people with disabilities, guiding them toward a brighter future. As a Social Worker in the Young People with Disabilities Team, you'll be at the forefront of managing a caseload of extraordinary individuals aged 16 to 25, providing assessments, advice, and support. This isn't just a job; it's an opportunity to shape care plans and support packages that truly make a difference.

What Sets Us Apart:

Our team specialises in using systematic and strengths-based social work approaches. We believe in building lasting relationships with young people and their families as they transition from Children's services into adulthood. This includes navigating the complexities of Education, Health, and Care Plans, assisting in accommodation transitions, supporting independence, and facilitating work experience and supported employment opportunities.

Variety in Action:

The work is diverse, involving the application of key legislations such as the Children Act 1989 and 2004, Children and Families Act 2014, Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act 2005, and others relevant to social care. You'll be conducting Transitions Pathway Assessments, Mental Capacity Assessments, Community Care assessments, and actively participating in the implementation and review of support packages/plans.

Team Collaboration:

As part of the Children and Young People with Disabilities Service, you'll collaborate with various teams, including Child and Family Support, Preparation for Adulthood Advisors, Occupational Therapy, and the core Children and Young People with Disabilities team (0-16yr olds). This is an exciting phase as we enhance our services and embrace SEND reforms.

Qualifications and More:

We value your qualifications and experience, including a diploma or degree in social work, registration with Social Work England, and a demonstrable capability to practice in line with professional standards. Your ability to apply social work knowledge with emotional intelligence and analytical skills will set you apart. Experience in Adults Social Care is particularly desirable for this role.

Join Us:

If you're ready for a fulfilling role where your skills and passion for social work will shine, join us on this exciting journey of improving services for children, young people, and their families. Embrace the challenge, make a difference, and look forward to a rewarding career with us.

To read more about us please visit: Children & Families

Please take a look at our 'No Magic' Children & Families video

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.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We're committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We're also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription, and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please go to

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

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