Social Worker – Children Looked After
We have opportunities in our Children Looked After teams (CLA) in Mendip, Sedgemoor, Yeovil and Taunton. The hours are negotiable and flexible.
We are looking for Qualified Social Workers who are passionate and enthusiastic to join us in improving outcomes for our most vulnerable young people within the CLA service. We have come a long way in our improvement journey; join us as we strive to provide a gold star service for all children and young people. These vacancies have arisen in our very stable CLA team due to promotions.
We can offer you
• Small supportive teams to progress your career
• Strengths and relationship-based approach to underpin your work
• Regular high-quality systemic supervision
• Flexible working and trust in your professional autonomy
Permanence is our passion for those children that need it the most; promoting positive outcomes for children both educationally and socially with reconnection for all families wherever possible.
Working in CLA you will have the opportunity to support profound changes to a child’s life, building long term relationships to see them through their journey. Within the Mendip team, there is also the potential to access training to develop an expertise in work with asylum seeking young people.
Extensive training and development opportunities are supported by weekly CPD, on-site Consultant Social Worker support and Advanced Social Work Practitioner (AP) Programme with role specialism. The AP salary scale is £34,728 – £38,890 pa.
We promote flexible working within our CLA teams and will consider part time, 9 day fortnight and other flexible working approaches.
Our offices in Mendip are located in Shepton Mallet, just a short drive from both Frome and Glastonbury and easily accessible from Bath, Wiltshire and North Somerset; with parking on site.
Due to promotion Yeovil has one social work vacancy in a fully permanent, settled and enthusiastic CLA team in the Yeovil office which is based on the outskirts of Yeovil with good public transport links, including a direct Scotland, London and Exeter train link and 5 minutes from the A303 giving a direct route to London and the south West, also only a 40 minute drive or train journey to the Jurassic coast.
Our Sedgemoor hub is in the centre of Bridgwater town with parking nearby. Close to M5 and arterial routes to other major towns; 20 mins by train to Bristol and nestled at the foot of the Quantock Hills.
The team for the west of the county are based in County Hall in Taunton. As the county town transport links are great with access to the M5, less than two hours by train to London and 40 minutes drive in each direction to Bristol and Exeter.
Progressive, improving and innovative we offer competitive salaries and up to an £8k relocation allowance. Discover more Benefits of working for Somerset County Council here.
For an informal chat about roles please download our job pack for details.
All interviews will be taking place virtually over MS Teams.
Access to/ use of a vehicle is an essential requirement for this role.
You will need to be a Qualified Social Worker with Social Work England Registration in order to be considered for this position.
In this customer facing role you will need to speak Fluent English.
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.
This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.
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