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Social Worker or Advanced Social Worker – Access & Response Team, incorporating MASH

closing date 29 Oct

Job Summary

Contract Type: Full Time/Permanent
Advert Start Date: 04 October, 2017
Advert End Date: 29 October, 2017
Salary: £27,668 - £33,437 - Extended pay grades require supplementary application form
Location: Yate (Badminton Road)
Weekly Hours: 37
Job Category: Care/Social Work, Social Work/Care
Vacancy Ref: CYP3107/739/ART/JS

Job Summary/Person Specification

Further information

South Gloucestershire Council continue to progress integrated working in their Locality Hubs with the protection of vulnerable children being our number one priority. In response to this we have realigned our duty and assessment functions to form a new service which is now the Front Door for all of Integrated Childrens Services in South Gloucestershire.

We are currently unable to accept applications from those pending qualification or those seeking to complete their ASYE within this team.  Therefore 2 year's post qualifying practice is required as a minimum.

The Access and Response Team consists off three sections; Access, MASH and Response.

This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic team, as our team of social workers rotate around these pods on a twelve weekly cycle. Therefore, we are seeking versatile, enthusiastic and experienced team members with a knowledge of signs of safety would be an advantage. A snapshot of each pod is listed below.

Access Team - Office Based

  • Triaging referrals coming into the team 
  • Applying threshold for Universal Service, Early Help, Social Care 
  • Dealing with professionals, parents on a daily basis by telephone 
  • Analysing risk from the presenting information and follow up calls


  • Triaging referrals coming into the team
  • Applying threshold for Universal Service, Early Help, Social Care
  • Dealing with professionals, parents on a daily basis by telephone
  • Analysing risk from the presenting information and follow up calls Attending strategy discussions 
  • Completing S47 enquiries 
  • Attending court to gain EPOs


  • Assessing Child in Need – single assessment 
  • Identifying risks and participating in strategy discussion 
  • Using signs of safety for all work in assessment/report writing and direct work with children 
  • Writing Child Protection Conference reports 
  • Undertaking the necessary legal planning, including Legal Planning Meetings, and Public Law Outline 
  • Attending court to gain EPO or ICO – write care plans 
  • Step down Child in Need 
  • Child protection procedures 
  • Section 47 investigations 
  • Achieving best evidence interviews 
  • Covering duty
  • Assessing Child in Need single assessment 


Social workers must be able to drive and have access to a car.

In return South Gloucestershire Council will offer regular reflective supervision, training and professional development opportunities including our career advancement initiative for Social Workers wishing to attain Advanced Social Worker status, flexible working arrangements including work from home and an excellent benefits package as part of the Avon Pension Fund and our employee benefits tool - My Lifestyle, offering great savings on every day purchases.

Please note, a minimum of 2 years post qualification experience in a statutory social work setting is required. We are unable to consider applications from ASYE's at this time. Previous applicants need not apply.

Social Workers are usually initially appointed to the salary range: 27,668 - 30,153 however, if you already meet the Advanced Social Worker criteria we can appoint to the salary range: 30,785 - 33,437. In order to be considered for an Advanced post, please complete the attached Linked Scale Supplementary Application form and return this to with the subject Supplementary Application followed by the post number on the advert.

Learn more about our Integrated Children's Service, our location and hear from our valued team of Social Workers at