Exploitation Hub – Specialist Social Worker

£34,144 - £48,257 yearly
  • Buckinghamshire Council
  • Aylesbury, UK
  • 16 Nov, 2020
Full time Public Sector and Government Social Work

Job Description


We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced qualified Social Worker to take the next step in their professional career with a well-established local authority.

The role will involve joining a busy, fast paced, multi-agency team whose paramount objective is always a child's well-being and safety.

About us

The Swan Unit was set up in July 2015 in response to evidence and concerns around the sexual exploitation of young people. Over time this has developed into a multi agency Missing and Exploitation Hub which is responsible for the risk management of all children and adults up to the age of 25 years old that have been identified as being at risk of exploitation and/or missing.

The Exploitation Hub is a multi -agency team which includes professionals from Thames Valley Police, Children’s Social Care, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Barnardo’s, YOS and CAMHS.

The team use an exploitation tool to inform the type of exploitation a young person may be at risk of which then informs a safety plan for that young person. An 8 week multi agency prevention plan then is formulated through our multi agency child exploitation meetings.

As part of this prevention and safety plan you will be working with children and young people who may have experienced high levels of trauma, witnessed violence and/or have been exploited into criminality, you will need to have an understanding of the impact of this on them and their families and have the skills to support these young people as well as ensuring that they are safe. You will also need to have the skills to be able to advise other members of staff about exploitation risks, and methods of intervention and have the confidence to be able to challenge and escalate concerns when necessary.

You will also be involved with informing strategic groups around the county wide risks that our children and young people may be exposed to.

About the role

Working for Buckinghamshire Children’s Social Care includes…

Generous reward package including:

  • Competitive salary with a ‘Golden Hello’ lump sum payment
  • New lease car scheme
  • Car allowance
  • Annual leave up to 30 days after 5 years employment
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • 12 – 15 days training, learning and development offer
  • Children’s Learning Academy with a Social Work Faculty that has close links with Buckinghamshire New University and a dynamic Masterclass programme led by academics, researchers and speakers
  • New dedicated learning platform providing access to a wide range of training, learning and development opportunities, resources and tools
  • Employee Wellbeing access to our developing offer of treatments and classes, including workplace massage, mindfulness classes and discounted gym membership
  • ‘Beyond Auditing’ (Quality Assurance) Team works with the Principal Social Worker providing real time coaching and mentoring to evaluate and improve social work practice. This includes case consultations with allocated social workers and line managers, observation of practice and guided conversations with children, young people and their parents as well as other professional who know them.

Our values describe the behaviours that underpin the successful implementation of our vision and the delivery of our improvements so that we will focus on:

  • Keeping children and young people’s lived experiences at the heart of everything we do
  • Working collaboratively with and for our children and families, acknowledging their contribution and building on their strengths
  • Remaining passionate about keeping children safe and well and focus on making a positive difference every day
  • Making sure that everyone’s voice is heard, including children, families, our staff and partners, so that we work reflectively, openly and with integrity
  • Assuring the quality of practice and managing our performance to inform service improvement and development

About you

You will be a Qualified Social Worker (Masters or Bachelor’s degree or equivalent), be registered with the HCPC, with at least two years post qualifying experience with children and young people.

You will have experience of working with children that have been victim to exploitation. You must have the skills to engage children and young people that are or have been experiencing trauma and have the ability to support them through this. You must understand risk and be confident in escalating this if necessary. Experience of working in a multi- agency team is desirable, but experience of working with other agencies to ensure best outcomes essential.

Other information

You will be required to apply for a DBS at an enhanced level. Further information about the DSB Scheme can be found at www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check

Buckinghamshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our values

We pride ourselves on our core values of being Proud, Ambitious, Collaborative and Trustworthy.

We work together to deliver the very best outcomes, with both our residents and employees being at the heart of what we do.

By joining Buckinghamshire Council, you can expect:

  • A fair and inclusive culture
  • The chance to really make a difference to those around you
  • Health and well-being initiatives including an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders and mindfulness workshops
  • A unified voice through our Employee Representative Group
  • Ongoing support, and the opportunity to develop and progress in your career with us
  • Opportunities to take part in fun activities such as fundraising and social events.

We recognise and reward you

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. We actively encourage a good work-life balance and promote flexible and agile working arrangements.

We provide discounts on various Cafés, restaurants, shops and auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme with an employer contribution of 26%.

We also offer a salary sacrifice personal car lease scheme and the opportunity to gain membership to Costco. We have discounted gym memberships, Travel discounts with Arriva and Chiltern Railways and much more - https://jobs.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/working-buckinghamshire-council/

Social Workers are also entitled to a generous enhanced reward package, as follows:

  • Competitive salary with a market increment
  • A ‘Golden Hello’ lump sum payment upon successful completion of probation
  • New lease car scheme
  • Annual leave up to 30 days per year, as well as other types of leave and the opportunity to buy further leave
  • Up to 15 days per year training, learning and development offer