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Senior Social Worker – Exploitation (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:
12/07/2020 23:59
£36,876 - £39,782 plus recruitment payment of £3,000 for those new to the council following probationary period
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Work
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Employment Location:
Westgate Hub, Yate
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Closing date:
12 Jul

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

Summary of Post

This post attracts a gross lump sum £3,000 ‘recruitment payment’ offered to enable you to join our directly employed workforce. This is payable pro-rata to hours worked, upon successful completion of your probationary period (after around 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 Senior Social worker will support the Team manager to lead and manage a small team to 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. They will promote effective partnerships with those providing preventative and/or specialist services in the public, private, community and voluntary sectors as well as with children young people and their families to achieve the best possible outcomes. 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, knowledgeable and experienced Senior Social Worker. Working in a Social Care Long Term specialist team, under the guidance of the Team Manager, the post holder will hold a small case-load of young people at risk of exploitation including sexual exploitation, trafficking, gang affiliation and radicalisation. The post-holder will lead and supervise a team 2 0.5fte social work assistants and will deputise for the Team Manager when required, with support and guidance from other Team Managers.

The Senior Social Worker will work in the Social Care division and will be part of a small team comprising a Team manager; Senior social worker; 4 Social Workers and 2 part-time social work assistant. The Senior Social Worker will directly report to the Team Manager. The team has been designed to be small and manageable with direct line reporting to the Team manager.

The post is based within the Central team at the Westgate Centre, located in Yate. 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 borders the Severn Estuary with its two magnificent bridges.

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.

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 - Where you can also learn more about the Locality Hubs, location and team interviews.

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 and young people, 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 pertaining to exploitation. To effectively manage risk where there is risk of, or actual, significant harm to young people to ensure that they are kept safe and protected from exploitation.

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, and sexual health.

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.

To attend and meaningfully contribute to monthly Exploitation meetings, to conduct mapping of vulnerable young people and identified perpetrators relevant to the service.

To chair Strategy Meetings, Safety Planning Meetings within the newly developed Risk Management Pathway.

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, including experience of holding complex and high risk cases of exploitation.

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, especially where exploitation is a risk or has been experienced.

Evidence of on-going continuous professional development and a thorough knowledge of current legislation and practice relating to children and young people’s services. You will demonstrate an up to date understanding of research and best practice guidance in relation to exploitation.

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

Experience of staff supervision

Effective communication and relationship building skills. Skills in relationship-based practice with young people and the professional resilience to use persistence over time to promote effective engagement of young people who are wary of working with services.

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.

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 within a specialised exploitation role.
Experience/training around Contextual Safeguarding.

Additional Information

For an informal discussion, once you have read the job summary, please contact Jude Adams, Team Manager on 01454 86 6215 or jude.adams@southglos.gov.uk.

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).

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 Social Work England Registration.

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.

As a manager you will be expected to demonstrate effective leadership qualities, shape and manage team plans and motivate your staff to achieve.

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