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Exploitation Social Worker / Advanced Social Worker – Child Protection / Safeguarding (Westgate Hub, Yate)

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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 08/01/2020 23:59
£28,785 to £34,788 per annum, recruitment payment of £3,000 (Subject to criteria)
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work
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Employment Location:
Westgate Hub, Yate (Central Team)
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
8 Jan

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This job is closed for applications.

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Exploitation Social Worker / Advanced Social Worker – Child Protection / Safeguarding (Westgate Hub, Yate)

£28,785 to £34,788 per annum, recruitment payment of £3,000 (Subject to criteria and supplementary application)

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).

South Gloucestershire Council continue to progress integrated working in their Locality Hubs with the protection of vulnerable children being our number one priority. Working in a multi-agency context the Social Worker/Advanced Social worker will hold a child care case-load particularly focussed upon those cases where complex and sensitive issues are at stake. The post holder will ensure vulnerable children and young people are identified, protected and supported to achieve positive outcomes through the provision of well planned, integrated and coordinated services. The Locality social work team undertakes statutory social work in the areas of Child protection, Children in Need and the initial stages of Looked after Children, as well as working within the Public Law outline and Care proceedings.

About the Role

We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Social Worker or Advanced Social Worker depending on level of experience. Working in a Social Care Long Term Specialist Team, under the guidance of the Team Manager. The post holder will hold a small caseload of young people at risk of Exploitation, including gang affiliation, trafficking and radicalisation. The post holder will be responsible for developing safe, professional, supportive and nurturing relationships with the young people and to partner effectively with other agencies to respond flexibly to the individual needs of the young people. You will have experience of working with vulnerable young people Advanced Social workers will also organise, chair and participate in meetings with a wide range of other agencies and disciplines to ensure that an effective and holistic service response is provided.

Social Workers are usually initially appointed to the salary range: £28,785 - £31,371 however, if you already meet the Advanced Social Worker criteria we can appoint to the salary range: £32,029 - £34,788.

In order to be considered for an Advanced post, please complete the attached Linked Scale Supplementary Application form and return this to HRrecruitment@southglos.gov.uk 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 www.socialworksouthglos.co.uk

The post holder will hold responsibility for a specific area of work or expertise within the team where prescribed by the Team Manager and Advanced social workers will mentor less experienced social workers in the team, dependent on experience levels.

The Social Worker/Advanced social worker will work in the Social Care division and will be part of a team which has been designed to be small and manageable with direct line reporting to the Team manager.

Post offered is based at Central Team at the Westgate Hub, South Gloucestershire is considered to be an excellent place to live and work. Located within easy reach of Bristol and Bath.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

To learn more about South Gloucestershire Council's Integrated Children's Services and to hear from some of our Social Workers directly, please visit www.socialworksouthglos.co.uk

Main Duties
• Establish and maintain effective relationships with children and young people suffering or likely to suffer harm through exploitation.
• To support young people to increase their knowledge of exploitation, healthy relationships, grooming sexual health and on line safety.

• 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.

• 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.

• Using specialist knowledge and expertise to ensure 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 and chair meetings where appropriate.

• 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 team meeting its targets and the identification and facilitation of changes of direction ensuring that work is delivered on schedule.

• Work in partnership across the sectors to coordinate care planning, delivery of services, giving 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.

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, plus completion of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment as required, or working towards this. Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

• 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 especially relating to Exploitation.

• Effective interpersonal skills and experience of working with a broad range of people including families in a social care settings.

• You will be able to carry out good quality analytical assessments and outcome focussed care plans, communicate findings and risks to families.

• You will be able to keep detailed and accurate records.

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

• Effective communication and relationship building skills, including handling difficult and sensitive issues.

• Evidence of 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.

• You will be required to travel widely within the Authority so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

• Exemplify the council’s values and behaviours.

• Experience of working with vulnerable children and young people who have been at risk of Exploitation.

• Knowledge/training of Exploitation, county Lines, gang affiliation, trafficking and risks around radicalisation.

• Knowledge of contextual safeguarding.

Additional Information

The post holder will be responsible for their own continuous professional development but will be provided with opportunities to grow and develop in the role through local and regional management and leadership initiatives.

The post holder will be required to use his/her initiative in ensuring that the Council’s Equalities Policies are implemented in relation to the work area. This will involve developing a good working knowledge of the policies and applying them personally.

The nature of the post will require some out of office hours work to be undertaken for which time-off-in-lieu may be given.

It is a condition of employment that the post holder will maintain HCPC Registration.

The nature of the duties of this post will require you to travel on Council business on a regular basis, so you must either have a current driving licence and provide a car, or have access to appropriate means of travel.

If you use your vehicle on authorised Council business, you will receive a mileage payment based on the Inland Revenue Authorised Mileage Allowance Payment Scheme (AMAPS). The allowance is provided on the condition that your own insurance covers you for business use and indemnifies the Council against claim (including those concerning passengers) arising out of the use of the vehicle on official business. You will also be eligible for a car loan if you meet the criteria within the Council’s Car Loan Scheme.

Salary: £28,785 to £34,788 per annum, plus recruitment payment of £3,000 for those new to the council

Hours: 37:00

Closing Date: 8th January 2020

Vacancy Ref: SGC1442/941/SCLT/JS

You may view our Social Work recruitment info pack here https://www.flipsnack.com/SGCHumanResources/south-gloucestershire-council-social-work-recruitment-pack.html

If you are still not sure this role is quite for you, we are sure we will be able to identify a more suitable role for you therefore please register your interest in hearing more about roles in South Gloucestershire Council by contacting our Resourcing Advisor Joe Scrase at joe.scrase@southglos.gov.uk or use our online registration to enable our team to contact you for a confidential discussion by going to www.socialworksouthglos.co.uk - he will be available to discuss all roles across the service and where your individual needs and professional development will be best met.

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