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Social Worker - Children in Care Specialist Team, West Essex

Essex County Council
England, Essex, Harlow
£34712 - £46751 per annum
Closing date
15 May 2024

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Social Worker - Children in Care Specialist Team, West Essex

Permanent, Full Time

£34,712 to £46,751 per annum

Location: Harlow

Working Style: Community-based worker

Closing Date: 10th March 2024

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.

This is an exciting opportunity to work across to service areas, initially you will be working with the Children in Care Service. There will be scope after 6 months to work within the Children in care specialist service.

As a specialist Social Worker within the Children in Care team, your role involves working Separated Migrant Young People arriving in Essex. You'll conduct initial needs assessments and age assessments where necessary. Previous experience of Merton compliant age assessment is advantageous but it is not a requirement, training will be provided. You will be working extensively with Separated Migrant Young People, operating in a trauma-informed, anti-racist manner to address health and educational needs. Additionally, you'll manage a caseload, aiming for positive outcomes while considering Home Office decisions on residency.


  • Diploma or degree in social work, CQSW, CSS, or equivalent.


  • Working with Separated Migrant Young People and Children in Care.
  • Trauma-informed practice.


  • Registered Social Worker with Social Work England.

Skills and Capabilities:

  • Demonstrable practice aligned with current professional standards (e.g., Professional Capability Framework, Knowledge & Skills Statement).
  • Proficient case recording.
  • Application of social work knowledge with emotional intelligence and analytical skills.
  • Confidence in handling challenging social and family situations.

Technology Proficiency:

  • Familiarity with information technology and related systems (e.g., Word, SW case recording systems).


  • Willingness to work flexibly, including evenings and weekends if necessary.

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

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