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INTERNAL ONLY - Senior Social Worker- Access Team

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
20/04/2020 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, Yate
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Closing date:
20 Apr

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Senior Social Worker- Access Team

Summary of Post

South Gloucestershire Council have an exciting opportunity to join our Front Door of our Integrated Children’s Service as a Senior Social Worker. This would suit either an already established Senior Social Worker seeking a change, or someone looking to take the next step in their career progression in a supportive environment that will help you to develop through both continuous professional development and structured supervision – in an authority where our senior management team are approachable by all. However if you do not feel ready for this level, you may also wish to consider other options available which can be found at www.socialworksouthglos.co.uk/reward-yourself/

As we continue to progress integrated working via Locality Hubs with the protection of vulnerable children being our number priority, we have realigned our duty and assessment functions to form a new service which is now the Front Door for all of Integrated Children’s Services in South Gloucestershire. The service is split into two areas;

• Access Team, who respond to all initial contacts/queries and their subsequent routing to either our services or to other agencies.
• Response Team, that undertake statutory assessments of cases meeting the threshold for social care intervention, this includes child protection investigations.

This alignment of our Front Door services will ensure the right children are receiving the right service from the right team in the right place at the right time.

Under the supervision of the Team Manager, the post holder will have specific responsibility for statutory decision making alongside, and in the absence of, the Team Manager, relating to the service area for which they are responsible. You will be able 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. This entails balancing the needs and rights of children, family members and the organisation to ensure that casework decision making, regarding the safety and wellbeing of children, is robust and timely

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

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 monitoring of incoming requests for help to challenge poor quality information and management oversight of referrals made into the service to ensure safe consistent thresholds. 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 Badminton Road Offices which is situated on the periphery of Bristol. The post holder will provide a service across the whole of the Local Authority, providing a diverse mix of both city fringe and suburban cases ensuring you have an interesting and manageable caseload.

South Gloucestershire is considered to be an excellent place to live and work. Located within easy reach of Bristol and Bath – come and discover why so many from the South West choose to work for South Gloucestershire Council and the creative and innovative work we are doing with Children and Families in South Gloucestershire.

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 practice which is essential to providing good outcomes for children, as is detailed knowledge of law and policy relating to vulnerable children.

• The Senior Social Worker role within Access includes line management of the Access Advisors; unqualified workers who are the first point of contact for all referrals and enquiries into the Integrated Children’s Services ‘front door’. As part of this role the Senior Social Worker must provide wellbeing and professional supervision with each Access Advisor on a bi-monthly basis and is responsible for addressing any individual and team performance issues. The Senior Social Worker is also responsible for co-ordinating leave requests, sickness absence and ensuring there is adequate cover to enable consistently good service delivery.

• 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.

• 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

• You must have a full driving license and access to a vehicle, insured for business use.

• Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours

Additional Information

For an informal discussion, after having read the job summary, please contact Jennie Lowe on 01454 864046 or jennie.lowe@southglos.gov.uk

To apply, please complete the Expression of Interest Form and email to HRrecruitment@southglos.gov.uk by the deadline.


Salary: £35,934 - £38,813 plus a £3,000 recruitment payment upon completion of probationary period (eligibility criteria applies)

Hours: 37:00

Closing Date: 17th March 2020

Shortlisting Date: 18th March 2020

Interviews: 20th March 2020

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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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