Children's Social Worker (Children Looked After)
Would you like to improve the outcomes for children and young people who have been in care?
Would you like to support young people to build bright and stable futures for themselves?
Would you like to spend every day at work knowing that you have made a difference in the lives of young people who face challenges with their mental health?
If yes, we have the perfect role for you!
Our Children Looked After Service is looking to recruit recruit permanent Social Workers and Senior Social Workers to join our amazing team in Wandsworth and help play a central role in achieving positive outcomes for children between the age of 0-18 years old!
Here in Wandsworth we are on an exciting journey of transformation. We have developed our Practice Model and preparing for the implementation of the Family Safeguarding Approach. Family Safeguarding is a way of keeping families together where it is safe to do so. It was developed and promoted by Hertfordshire and is funded by the Department of Education. Wandsworth will be the first Local Authority in London to implement this new way of working.
We are investing massively on all our staff, our leaders as well as partners to enable us to make a success of our engagement with families and communities. We passionately 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. We have an incredibly sound, solid and strong leadership in Ana Popovici and Nick Pendry who have an exciting vision in transforming our approaches to the most vulnerable in society.
About the team
This is an exciting opportunity to join our friendly social work team led by engaging and supportive senior managers who are striving to continue improving and developing the service. Close supervision is provided to help support our social workers drive forward children’s care plans.
By implementing the Family Safeguarding model we are working towards caseloads reducing across the team so that our social workers can focus on doing what social workers are trained to do and positively make a difference in the lives of young people in the borough.
About the role
Wandsworth Social Services have an exciting opportunity for talented self-motivated social workers to join our expanding Children Looked After teams.
You will work on mixed and complex caseloads with children aged 0-18. The role will give you the latitude to help improve the outcomes of children and young people in care by supporting them to build a stable future. As we look to strengthen the service provided to unaccompanied children, maintain our commitment to Permanency Planning and collaboration with children’s professional nets, the family, the successful applicants will bring together these principles and help drive change, continuity and stability.
To be shortlisted your CV and personal statement will demonstrate:
- You are a qualified social worker with relevant systemic practice experience working with children and young people in care.
- Our social work team are involved in Court work, adoption and permanent fostering work so extensive comprehension of legislative and policy framework is required.
- You are motivated innovator who is committed to working with multi-cultural communities with a desire to develop and enhance the skills and experience you have gained.
We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.
In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.
We provide parking for staff that are working directly with children and families. During the current covid pandemic parking restrictions, permits and charging have been temporarily waived for all frontline staff.
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.
We are pleased to be Disability Confident employer.
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).
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
How to apply?
To be considered for interview your CV and supporting statement (no longer than 1 side of a4) must highlight your knowledge, skills and experience listed in attached Job Profile located at the bottom of the advert.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Elizabeth Souter by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Richmond and Wandsworth Councils