Principal Social Worker Children and Families

  • Full time
  • Somerset, Uk
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • January 26, 2022
  • £50,881

Principal Social Worker Children and Families

How many of the following statements accurately describe you?

  • I am strongly motivated by improving the quality of social work practice
  • I feel passionately that good leaders keep closely in touch with the practitioners and managers they support
  • I understand the importance of organisational culture in driving improvement
  • I am a skilled, experienced and confident social worker and/or leader

If you tick all four boxes and are interested in progressing your career within a dynamic and forward looking organisation, then we would like you to apply to join us as Principal Social Worker.

The Principal Social Worker role is a genuinely unique opportunity in any social worker’s career. Introduced following the Munro review of Child Protection in 2011, the role calls for a single minded focus on developing positive organisational learning culture, improving the quality of social work practice, and ensuring that leaders within Children’s Services are in touch with the challenges faced by front line social workers.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

Core responsibilities…

  • You will listen to the voice of social work colleagues and ensure that their views are heard at a senior organisational level.
  • You will have responsibility for the Children’s Learning and Development Team, ensuring that the training offer in Somerset is of the highest standard, and is mapped to the development needs of the workforce.
  • You will lead the work of the Consultant Social Worker group, ensuring that newly qualified social workers in Somerset receive the best quality support via our highly rated Social Work Academy.
  • Importantly, you will take a lead role in ensuring that the Somerset recruitment and retention offer supports Somerset being the employer of choice in the South West.

A few things about you

You’ll be an experienced children’s social worker or manager who has ambition, confidence and high practice standards.

You will be motivated by the goal of continually improving the quality of outcomes for children in Somerset.

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.

Additional information

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Paul Shallcross,  pshallcross@somerset.gov.uk

Due to the importance of the role, we recommend applying as soon as possible as we anticipate conducting interviews ahead of the closing date.

The interview date is 2 February 2022 if applying, please save this date.  All interviews will take place virtually via MS teams.

Salary £50,881 per annum (inclusive of a £9,000 recruitment allowance).

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

DBS information

In this role you will require a criminal background check via the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Job Overview
  • Salary
    £50,881
  • Job Category
    Public Sector / Local Gov't
  • Disability Confident
    Yes
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