Social Worker/ Senior Practitioner Children's Services
Salary:£28,485.00 - £37,306.00
Location:Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester - GL1 2TG
Closing date:12 February 2018 at midnight
Salary: Up to £37,306 per annum plus recruitment welcome payment of £3,000 for those with 2+ years post qualifying experience (pro-rata)
Hours: We are able to offer either full-time (37 hours) or job share (18.5 hours) contracts
Children’s Social Care in Gloucestershire operates a locality model with safeguarding teams based in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Tewkesbury, Cirencester; Stroud and Cinderford (Forest of Dean). In Gloucester City we have an innovative inner-city Pod model providing targeted attention on smaller areas of urban development with a series of small, supportive teams working closely with co-located multi-agency partners. We also have opportunities available in our Children in Care teams; our permanence team works countywide with Children in Care under 11 whereas our Over 11s teams work across larger geographical areas; these are based in Gloucester, Cheltenham & Stroud.
How you’ll help make a difference
At Gloucestershire County Council we are constantly challenging ourselves to improve the services we provide in keeping the County moving forward. We pride ourselves on finding the most effective and efficient way of improving the lives of the people of Gloucestershire. For all the good that we do, none of it would be possible without the compassion and dedication of the 4000+ staff who help us truly make a difference – and that’s where we need you!
Gloucestershire County Council is looking to recruit dynamic and child focused Social Workers and Senior Practitioners with proven experience to join our growing workforce as we work together with the children and families of Gloucestershire to improve their outcomes and keep them safe.
Working at the heart of Children’s Services you’ll be responsible for carrying a case load of children in line with your experience and the organisational needs of the service, including Children in Need, Child Protection and Children in Care. You’ll carefully assess situations to make evidence-based decisions and interventions that achieve positive outcomes for children and be naturally passionate and absolutely committed to doing what’s right for children across Gloucestershire,
What we need from you
You will be HCPC registered with recent statutory experience of working with families and protecting children who are in need and at risk. We need you to have experience of multi agency working and writing assessments and outcome focused plans with children and families.
We’ll rely on your credible approach and passion for achieving the best outcomes for children through direct work.
You’ll also prepare and present good quality written and oral reports, and maintain accurate and up to date case recording in line with our procedures.
With good knowledge of relevant legislation, regulation and research - you’ll be ready to influence and embed positive change.
To be considered for a Senior Practitioner role, you’ll have 3 years post-qualifying social work experience and be able to demonstrate the skills and experience required in the Senior Practitioner job profile.
What you’ll get in return
All GCC Employees benefit from the knowledge that the work they do can directly improve the lives of the people of Gloucestershire and we believe that by doing so they deserve to be further rewarded. All employees start with 24.5 days annual leave (rising to 29.5 after 5 years service), with the opportunity to purchase up to 10 days extra in our Holiday Purchase scheme. Employees also benefit from the Council’s flexible working policy and everyone has the opportunity to join the very attractive Local Government Pension Scheme.
In addition we value our social workers and Senior Practitioners and are excited to be offering a recruitment welcome payment of £3,000 for experienced Social Workers and Senior Practitioners who take up positions in our safeguarding & children in care teams. We also offer a relocation package worth up to £5,000.
For more information about the role, please contact us for a discussion at email@example.com You can also follow us on twitter at @GCCSocialWork and search for GCC Social Work Careers on Facebook.
Gloucestershire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people or vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. This post is subject to a DBS check. As part of our safer recruitment policy if you are short listed we will request references from your previous and current employer.