Children's Senior Social Workers - Looked After Children Team
Grade PO1 – PO3
COLLABORATION TO PROTECT
WE GIVE YOU WHAT THEY NEED
At Wandsworth, we believe that if we invest in new ways of thinking and working, you’ll have everything you need to do the job you trained for. In turn, that means we’re able to deliver the best possible support for children and young people.
We are currently recruiting Senior Social Workers for our Children Looked After Service.
You will be responsible for delivering a high-quality and responsive social work service. We’ll expect you to act as the lead professional in statutory cases – including child protection, care proceedings and looked-after children – while undertaking the full range of social work tasks with children in need and their families.
It’s a role that will see you work collaboratively with allied health and social care practitioners, bringing together and co-ordinating the team around the child to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to safeguarding, as well as Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Review (APIR).
We look for people with a ‘can do’ attitude, who are prepared to be accountable for achieving the best possible outcomes. You will focus on residents and service users to ensure they receive the highest standards of provision.
You will need a relevant social work qualification and Social Work England membership, along with experience of working across voluntary and statutory agencies. A good communicator, you will be confident in APIR and understand the needs of children and young people. You will also have applied knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance.
All Social Worker applicants need to complete their ASYE Year to be eligible for these posts. Wandsworth council runs a separate program for newly qualified Social Workers.
In return, we can offer you working arrangements that will enhance your work-life balance and a generous holiday allowance of 31 days plus bank holidays.
In addition, we offer a range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts at many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments. A wide range of developmental opportunities are also offered.
How to apply?
Please complete all the sections of the application form or alternatively, you can provide us with an updated CV which contains full employment history including start and end dates, role title, key responsibilities and reasons for leaving. Include reasons for any gaps in paid employment and any voluntary work. You are welcome to provide any additional information to support your application. The information you give will be used to decide if you should be shortlisted for interview.
If you are having difficulty in applying online, please contact the Recruitment team on 020 8871 8825 or firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we can offer alternative arrangements for you to apply.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
(COVID-19) - information for job applicants
Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:
· increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic
· the need to support more vigilant public health measures.
We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils