Family Safeguarding Social Worker Sedgemoor
Somerset County Council have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Social Worker to join our Family Safeguarding team in Sedgemoor. The key purpose of the role is to work alongside families to support and develop motivations for change and to improve the outcomes for our most vulnerable young people and families.
As we continue to roll out the Family Safeguarding model, you will be able to work alongside adult-focused practitioners, working within our teams, in the specialist areas of substance misuse, domestic abuse, and mental health, to inform assessments and plans.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
Here in Somerset, our manageable caseloads let you be the innovative and creative social worker you want to be – undertaking direct work with children and young people to hear their voice and understand their experiences. You will work with parents and the wider family network, with access to Family Group Conferencing, to support them to identify strengths, tackle problems and change interactions and behaviours. With permanent Team Managers, you’ll be well supported with regular and reflective group and personal supervision.
What we can offer you…
- Generous annual leave and flexible working options, including the option to work a 9 day fortnight
- Local Government pension scheme
- Optional pension enhancement through our additional voluntary contribution scheme
- Employee assistance and support offering a variety of wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle
- A flexible benefits platform including cycle to work and health screening schemes
- ‘My staff shop’ which offers excellent discounts at a variety of retailers including cinemas, restaurants, clothing stores and insurance providers
- Gym discounts
- Discounted lease car options via salary sacrifice, along with discounts on fuel
- Generous relocation allowance
A few things about you
What we’re looking for…
You will be passionate about relationship-based social work, proud of your profession, and able to reflect and think creatively about how you can build relationships to make a difference to children and families. You will need to be a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England and have substantial experience working with children and families in social work.
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, within a friendly team who are passionate about the work that they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We are continuing to develop our use of motivational interviewing to support families with identifying opportunities for change and working to achieve and sustain this alongside them, with the support of our multi-agency partners. We’re supporting flexible working arrangements and our offices meet the Covid-19 Secure standards. Up-to-date technology is provided to help you stay connected to your team and manager through virtual meetings, team check-ins and service sessions.
The team for the Sedgemoor are based in Bridgwater House in Bridgwater, although we are very open to flexible working options. You will need to hold a full driving licence and have access to your own vehicle as travel is required.
Due to the importance of the role we recommend applying as soon as possible. Depending on the level of response, we anticipate conducting interviews ahead of the closing date.
For an informal chat about roles within our assessment team please contact Louisa Loveridge LLoveridge@somerset.gov.uk or Nia Phillips NPhillips@somerset.gov.uk
The salary is £30,451 to £34,728 per annum.
In this customer facing role you will be required to speak Fluent English.
Please note this post requires a criminal check via the disclosure procedure.