Social Worker - Children In Care

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

Job Description

Overview

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
- The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Social workers are a part of the few who do care. They care about social injustices committed every day, across the globe—behind closed doors and out in the open. They are the ones who care enough to believe they can make the world a better place 

 

We are looking for someone who is passionate about improving the lives of children and young people.

 

Our Children in Care Team is a large, busy service. Consisting of social workers, senior social workers and 16+ social workers, we take a child centred approach when working in partnership with children and their families.

About us

In April 2020 Buckinghamshire Council became the UK’s newest council and the residents of Buckinghamshire will be served by a single, unitary council.

Buckinghamshire is an ambitious, rapidly growing county, and our economy is one of the strongest in the country. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and ranks as one of the top rural areas to live in the UK and yet it is incredibly well connected– only an hour from London on the train. The county has a rich history and heritage and is the birthplace of the international Paralympic movement.

We are looking for motivated, ambitious and inspiring people to join us on our journey. Not only will you be an integral part of the unique and exciting transition through the unitary process, you will also be entitled to a range of different benefits to make sure you are happy both at work and at home.

About the role

Your role within the team will be to support children living with relatives, friend or foster families and prospective parents, living in children’s homes and semi-independent units. Through regular visits, assessments and by way of care plan review, you will nurture and develop meaningful relations with these children. We want you to understand and interpret their wishes whilst supporting and championing them to reach their full potential. 

Occasionally, you will be required to prepare reports and attend court.

 

You will be supported in this challenging role with regular supervision. You will work alongside partnership organisations such as: Health Services, CAMHS, IRO’s and carers.

 

Buckinghamshire Council Children's Services has adopted the Strengthening Families Framework as the practice approach for social work practitioners and managers to use when working with children and families. The Strengthening Families Framework provides a purposeful approach that is:

-Collaborative;

-Strengths-based; and

-Relationship-focused.

We use this approach within our assessments, care plans, case summaries child write ups following a visit and resource requests.

 

For a full list of responsibilities please see attached job description

About you

We would like to hear from Social workers who:

  • Have a social work qualification
  • Have an active HCPE/SWE registration
  • Have completed their ASYE
  • Recent  and at least 2 years post-ASYE experience within a Local Authority
  • We are looking for commitment and dedication – successful applicants will be able to demonstrate this with good lengths of service with previous roles.

Most importantly you will share our dedication and passion to improve the lives of children and young people.

Other information

You will be required to apply for a DBS at an enhanced level. Further information about the DBS 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.

About the Business Unit

This is a very exciting time to join us.  Not only are we implementing new initiatives for better practice and positive outcomes for vulnerable children, we are also focusing on how we reward and retain our highly valued Social Workers via means of protected caseloads, high quality supervision, wellbeing support, approachable management and housing. 

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