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Social Work Assistant

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Job Summary

Employment Term:
Part time, Limited Term
Working Pattern:
Part Time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 21/10/2018 23:59
£21,074 to £23,866 (pro rata to hours worked)
Hours per week:
18.5 hours
Job Category:
Social Work
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Council offices, Kingswood Hub, Alma Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 4DA
Post Number:

Job details 

Closing date:
21 Oct

Please note

This job is closed for applications.

Further information

Social Work Assistant

Summary of Post

Working in a team in the Social Care Long Term, under the supervision of the Senior Social Worker, the post holder will work closely with children and families to provide key elements of social work which complement and support the full range of services provided.

The post holder will perform defined pieces of work under the direction of a qualified Social Worker who will have assessed each case and decided what services are required, which will include individual pieces of direct work with children and young people. The cases may include family support, child protection, children in need and children looked after.

The Social Work Assistant will typically be working with different people as part of a plan set by a Social Worker who will have assessed the case and decided what interventions are required.

This post is part time, 18.5 hours a week and a limited term contract for 12 months.

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.

Main Duties

Arrange and attend supervised contact.

Assist with transport arrangement for children and young people in foster placements.

To complete direct work with children/young people

Take action to refer issues as necessary in accordance with Safeguarding Procedures in order to protect vulnerable children or young people.

Provide information to support and improve service provision.

Liaise and work with external contacts e.g. health agencies, emergency services ensuring that communication is effective.

Maintain confidential reports and case notes in accordance with Council guidelines and childcare procedures.

Contribute to assessments under the direction of the senior social worker.

You will provide advice and guidance to service users. You will build effective relationships with colleagues and internal and external customers communicating, empathising and influencing them.

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.


Educated to GCSE level or equivalent, and considerable experience of working in a children and families service, which should include an assessment function, service provision and experience of preparing written records and reports.

Effective verbal and written communication skills.

Awareness and experience of dynamic risk assessment whilst preparing for and performing a task, and ability to take appropriate action as a result of risks identified (for example to deal with any risk identified during a supervised contact visit).

Experience and/or knowledge of child protection issues.

Knowledge of childcare legislation.

Exemplify the Council's values and behaviours.


Relevant qualification to NVQ3 level or equivalent.

Additional Information

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact Bill Boon, Senior Social Worker on 01454 866245 or email bill.boon@southglos.gov.uk.

This post is part time, 18.5 hours a week and a limited term contract for 12 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).

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has a confidential checking process for transgender applicants who do not wish to reveal details of their previous identity to the person who has asked them to complete an application form for a DBS check. The contact details are:

Sensitive Applications Team, Customer services, PO Box 165, Liverpool, L69 3JD, Email sensitive@dbs.gsi.gov.uk

Use of a vehicle

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: £21,074 to £23,866 pro rata to hours worked

Hours: 18.5 hours

Closing Date: 21 October 2018.

Vacancy Ref: SGC0268/839/SS

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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