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Experienced Children's Social Workers – Referral, Assessment and MASH with £3,000 Recruitment Payment

closing date 4 Feb

Job Summary

Contract Type: Full Time/Permanent
Advert Start Date: 09 January, 2018
Advert End Date: 04 February, 2018
Salary: up to £33,437 per annum, plus recruitment payment of £3,000 for those new to the council
Location: Yate (Badminton Road)
Weekly Hours: 37
Job Category: Care/Social Work, Social Work/Care
Vacancy Ref: CYP3107/801/ART/JS

Job Summary/Person Specification

Further information

This post attracts a gross lump sum £3,000 recruitment payment offered to enable experienced Social Workers who have already successfully completed their ASYE to join our permanent workforce. This is payable upon successful completion of your probationary period (after approximately 3-6 months).

Following a recent review, our senior management team have taken the initiative to proactively increase our full time permanent establishment. We are therefore looking for a number of Social Workers or Advanced Social Workers to continue, with the redevelopment of this service post MASH introduction.

Average case holding across the service was 23.6 in November 2017.

South Gloucestershire Council continue to progress integrated working 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 one year post qualifying practice is required as a minimum.


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

This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic team.  We are seeking versatile, enthusiastic and experienced team members with a knowledge of signs of safety being an advantage. A snapshot of each team is listed below.

Access Team - Office Based

  • Triaging referrals coming into the team 
  • Applying threshold for Universal Service, Early Help and Social Care 
  • Dealing with professionals and 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 and Social Care
  • Dealing with professionals and 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 Emergency Protection Orders


  • 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 Emergency Protection Orders or Interim Care Orders - 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 the ability to work from home and an excellent benefits package including the Local Government Pension Scheme, relocation assistance and our My Lifestyle employee benefits tool, offering great savings on every day purchases.

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 Integrated Children's Services, our location, our staff benefits and hear from our valued team of Social Workers at .  Where you can also learn more about the service manager Paul Brewster.