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Senior Social Work - Transition to Independence (Care Leavers)

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 07/10/2019 23:59
£35,934 - £38,813 plus recruitment payment of £3,000 after probation for those new to the council
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work
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Employment Location:
Badminton Road
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
7 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Summary of Post

We are adding additional capacity to our Transition to Independence Team (recognised as Care Leavers by some councils) as part of our enhanced local offer. As such, we are seeking a new Senior Social Worker to join a service that has such a large impact on the young persons of South Gloucestershire as they prepare to leave from the looked after children service and head towards their independence.

The post is comprised of both management and case-holding responsibilities. The post-holder will be responsible for managing a mixed caseload of young people. Some of whom will be young people in care, and others will be young people who are care leavers.

The post-holder will need to have an understanding of statutory processes and duties relating to both Looked After Children and to Care Leavers.

The case management aspect of the work will have a strong emphasis on continuity of care, a culture of ownership and building strong, productive and protective relationships with young people. There is an emphasis on high levels of contact, and close working with young people, to ensure the best possible life chances for our corporate children.

In addition to case-holding responsibilities, the post-holder with have some management functions. These management functions will vary according to service priorities, and may include working with the team manager to integrate and develop strategic objectives, and will also include direct supervision of staff.

Main Duties

To supervise and/or assist in the management and motivation of a team of staff, giving guidance, advice and feedback as appropriate. To ensure good quality assessment, planning, intervention and reviewing which is essential to providing good outcomes for children, as is detailed knowledge of law and policy relating to vulnerable children.

Using specialist knowledge and expertise to provide a high level of support and supervision, providing advice and guidance to colleagues ensuring case work decisions are made in accordance with agreed procedures and professional standards.

Take a lead in a specialist area of work or service or service development.

Undertake specialist or complex casework where appropriate. To effectively manage risk where there is risk of, or actual, significant harm to children to ensure that children are kept safe and protected from abuse

Contribute to the development of services, the meeting of targets and the identification and facilitation of changes of direction ensuring that work is delivered on schedule.

Work in partnership across the sectors to deliver services, give advice and support to internal and external service providers. This will ensure that information and good practice is shared and that communication is effective.

Within the relevant service area ensure that cases are managed within accordance with the Safeguarding procedures for vulnerable people. To ensure that agreed thresholds for intervention are maintained and statutory requirements are met.

Ensure records are kept in accordance with professional standards and prepare and present reports on cases and issues.

Contribute to the determination of budgets and the allocation of funds. If relevant: contribute to commissioning.

Selection Criteria

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.


Recognised and relevant professional qualification e.g. DipSW, CQSW, CSS. Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Significant post qualification experience in a Local Authority child protection children’s services setting

You will demonstrate specialist up to date knowledge of the service area of child protection, Public Law outline, Children in Need and Looked after children and be able to demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice

Detailed understanding of successful strategies to improve outcomes for children, young people and families

Evidence of on-going continuous professional development and a thorough knowledge of current legislation and practice relating to children and young people’s services

Evidence of skills, knowledge and experience to be able to assess and manage risk for the most vulnerable children in the community

Experience of staff supervision

Effective communication and relationship building skills

You will have a good level of general IT skills and the ability to use, or be trained in the use of, appropriate specialist in-house software packages

Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours

The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English


There are no desirable criteria for this post

Additional Information

About the Role

Working in a multi-agency context, the post holder will ensure vulnerable children and young people are identified, protected and supported to achieve positive outcomes. This will include management oversight of referrals made into the service to ensure safe consistent thresholds, conducting multi-agency strategy discussions and quality assuring assessments. Overall identifying the needs and risks of children and young people, working with range of other agencies and disciplines to ensure that an effective prompt holistic service response is provided to children young people and their families, particularly to those at risk of significant harm.

The post is based in our main Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate which is situated on the periphery of Bristol, and the post holder will provide a service across the whole of the Local Authority. South Gloucestershire is considered to be an excellent place to live and work. Located within easy reach of Bristol and Bath it is well known for its quality of life and beautiful countryside which boarders the Severn Estuary with its two magnificent bridges.

For an informal discussion, after having read the job summary, please contact Chris Good on 01454 866239 or Christopher.Good@southglos.gov.uk

“This post attracts a gross lump sum £3,000 ‘recruitment payment’ offered to enable you to join our permanent workforce. This is payable upon successful completion of your probationary period (after approximately 6 months)

Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

Salary: £35,934 - £38,813 plus one-off recruitment payment of £3,000 to those new to the council following probationary period

Hours: 37:00

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

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