Consultant Social Worker – Children’s Social Care

  • Full time
  • Somerset, UK
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • March 21, 2021
  • £46,881

Consultant Social Worker – Children’s Social Care

This post has a key focus to support Somerset’s intake of social workers in their first year of practice (ASYE) and is pivotal to Somerset’s strategy to achieve a fully permanent work force.

The Consultant Social Worker will work closely with Team Managers across all operational Social Work teams within Somerset. This post is part of our Operational Management Team and as such holds responsibilities in supporting staff to continue to improve practice and performance both on an individual and team basis. We are proud of the work we do in our progression to improve the lives of children.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

As Consultant Social Worker you will act as professional supervisor and practice assessor for up to 7 newly qualified social workers. These staff will hold caseloads of between 6 (at the start of their ASYE year) and 16 (at the end of their ASYE year). All the newly qualified social workers will be placed within one of the operational teams and have additional supervision from their line manager.

You will support each newly qualified worker with completing assessments and reports, and planning their work, as well as providing the workers with supervision and ensuring they have regular casework supervision with their line managers. This may include co-working cases where the need dictates. You will complete the ASYE assessment process with each worker and their line manager, including writing assessment reports and arranging review meetings.

A few things about you

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes the highest quality social work practice. You will need to be able to mentor, develop and supervise less experienced colleagues in achieving improvement whilst supporting Team Managers to create a culture of excellence which leads to sustained and positive outcomes for children.  You will need a Social Work qualification and Social Work England registration.

In return you will be offered support from our experienced senior leadership team, excellent career progression and training opportunities.

Additional information

If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.

This is a county wide role and the office base is flexible.

For further information or an informal discussion about this exciting opportunity, please contact Jackie Miles, Operations Manager on 07919540195 or 01823 357008.

All interviews will be taking place virtually, for example via Microsoft Teams and these are scheduled for 1st April 2021

Due to the importance of the role we recommend applying as soon as possible as, depending on the level of response, we anticipate conducting interviews ahead of the closing date of 21st March 2021.

Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

  • We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
  • Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
  • Staff discounts in gyms.
  • Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
  • Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
  • A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
  • My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

DBS information

This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.

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