Hours: 37 per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Service Area: Safeguarding Outcomes / Care Outcomes
Department: Children and Young People Services
If your passion is around collaborative work with families, centred on building relationships in order to help families develop resilience and make changes for their children, then we are the Local Authority for you. Working with families to keep children at home wherever possible, our dynamic teams work with families from point of contact through to long term support and intervention. Our practice model is underpinned by relationship-based, systemic approaches to facilitate change, alongside trauma informed practice.Bath and North East Somerset Children’s Social Care are an innovative small Local Authority focused on therapeutic assessment and support. Rated Good by OFSTED, with continued vision and drive to improve further.We have exciting opportunities for qualified Social Workers to join us. We are committed to being a dynamic and creative Local Authority, working hard to think differently about how we approach our work with families. We are deeply committed to providing tailored high quality services and well thought out interventions to families to keep children safe. Our practice is values-driven with a strong ethos of child-focussed interventions.About the teamsYou will work in partnership with an enthusiastic team consisting of a Team Manager, Deputy Team Managers, Senior Practitioners, qualified professional Social Workers, Family Support Practitioners/Personal Advisors and administrative staff.Family Support Teams, within the Safeguarding Outcomes ServiceThis challenging but rewarding role will see you responding to, co-ordinating and delivering a range of social care services to children, young people and families in the Bath and North East Somerset area for children subject to Child in Need Plans, Child Protection Plans, Children in Care, and children subject to legal proceedings. The role will include undertaking single assessments and section 47 child protection investigations. We work closely with our Family Support Plus team who deliver extensive Family Group Conferences to utilise resources and support within families to keep children safe, as well as tailored interventions including the New Way domestic abuse service.Children In Care Team, within the Care Outcomes ServiceThis challenging but rewarding role will see you responding to, co-ordinating and delivering a range of social care services to children, young people and families in the Bath and North East Somerset area for children who are looked after and children who have a plan of adoption. We work closely with our colleagues across the service and have established partnerships with agencies across health, education and support services to ensure we can respond as effectively as possible to the needs of children, young people, and their families.Family Placement Team, within the Care Outcomes ServiceYou will be joining a dynamic team with an established track record of positive outcomes, where collaborative working with colleagues across the division and creative problem solving is a particular strength. The Family Placement Team works with both foster carers, Special Guardians and Connected Persons, as well as providing a Fostering Families service to children at home. The Team is rated by OFSTED as OutstandingDisabled Children’s TeamThe team works with children and young people who have diagnosed disabilities or health conditions which has a significant impact on their day to day lives from birth through to 18 years old, when we transition to adult services. As a result, the team can often work with children and their families for the duration of the child’s life. We work closely with out partner agencies in Health, SEND and Education to ensure that children are able to meet their potential. Work within the team is varied and includes children in need, children in need of protection and children looked after by the Local Authority.Adolescent and Care Experienced TeamThe team work with young people in which sexual or criminal exploitation is the primary need, as well as care leavers. It is recognised that some of our most vulnerable adolescents in need, will become care leavers or share similar experiences and therefore have the same need to be safeguarded by the professionals they work with before and after their eighteenth birthday. The team work on developing strategies to keep the young people safe using traditional as well as more up to date research and practice methods relating to risk both in and outside of the home. Primarily, a contextual safeguarding approach will aim to strengthen professional relationships around risk management. The team will support young people to have every opportunity to engage in Education, Employment and Training. Multi agency working is a core element of practice and the team will work closely with colleagues from Police, Health, Education and Adult Social Care (promoting positive transitions into adulthood).About the roleThe post holder will manage their own caseload, which will include children and families with complex needs. You will be able to evidence a strong ability to analyse information and formulate outcome focused plans for children and families. Applicants must be confident in writing professional assessments/reports as well as presenting their evidence verbally. Applicants need to have very strong organisational skills to manage and prioritise their work effectively and in a timely way, and will be committed to working as part of a team to support colleagues in delivering optimum services to children and families.We are seeking applications from experienced workers or those newly qualified within social work and are looking to enhance and further develop their skills and contribute to service development for vulnerable children.You can expect• A comprehensive induction• Managed caseload• Regular supervision – at a minimum of monthly one to one,• Weekly group reflective supervision to promote thoughtful and creative practice, supported by your peers and managers.• Monthly Peer Circles to ensure strong relationships and support between Social Workers across the teams, and opportunities to share good practice• Extensive training opportunities, which include SARI workshops around culturally sensitive practice, opportunities to join a 6-month long training in Systemic Practice delivered by the Centre for Systemic Social Work, attachment based workshops, and trauma-informed workshops• Excellent administrative support with dedicated admin staff supporting each team• Tri-annual Social Work Conferences with guest speakers who are experts in the field. Examples of previous conferences have included Donald Forrester, Brid Featherstone, Rebecca Carr-Hopkins, ‘Annie; from Surviving Safeguarding, and Dr Karen Treisman• Strong ASYE programme, with peer group meetings, regular workshops and training, and a protected caseload• Paid Social Work England membership• Access to Research in Practice• iPads and iPhones to promote flexible working, to enhance your work-life balance• Relocation Payments are available• A stable leadership team• A stable and committed team, with very low rates of agency workers, and low vacancy rates• Good practice to be recognised and celebrated through a quarterly newsletterTo apply you will have• A relevant social work qualification• Knowledge of the legislative framework and legal proceedings that governs children’s services• Knowledge of theory and practice applicable to social work• IT skills to enable operation of standard electronic systems• Passion, commitment, and motivation to support the most vulnerable families in our area
Your main place of work will be the award-winning, modern Civic Centre in Keynsham, halfway between Bath and Bristol, easily accessible via car or public transport, with a train station 5 minutes walk away.
Interested to find out more?
If you are interested in this post and require more details after reading the job description or just to chat through the role and what’s involved, please call Phoebe Holland on 01225 396907 or Rachael Ward on 01225 477914.
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As an equal opportunities employer, Bath & North East Somerset Council is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and is opposed to discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender reassignment, or marriage and civil partnership.
We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join us.
The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable groups and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. As part of this commitment anyone working in a post with children or vulnerable groups will be expected to undertake an Enhanced DBS check with/without barred list checks.
As this post involves working within one of these groups, we will require a Disclosure & Barring Service check and/or subscription to the DBS online service. The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment.
You must provide proof that you have successfully registered with Social Work England. Further information about the Registration Scheme can be found at https://www.socialworkengland.org.uk/
Please note the Council operates a policy of prior consideration for roles for any individual on the Council’s at risk register. This means should a redeployee express an interest in this role, providing they meet the essential criteria for the role, they will be interviewed before any shortlisting or interviewing of external candidates.