Social Worker – Preparing for Adulthood
Somerset County Council have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Social Worker to join our Transitions team. The Key purpose of the role is to improve the outcomes for our most vulnerable young people and families in Somerset to encourage positive change.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
You will provide advice, guidance and support to young people and their families. You will be having conversations with them identify what outcomes they would like to achieve and what support they may require achieving them using a strengths-based approach. You’ll be able to advise on appropriate local services and solutions available to suit the individual’s needs.
A key element to this position is to encourage our young people to be independent and to support them to grow in confidence whilst utilising the support available within their local community.
You will also work with a wide network of professionals from other agencies and organisations and work collaboratively to ensure the best outcomes for the young people you support.
Here in Somerset, we encourage you be the innovative and creative social worker you want to be – direct work with young people to hear their voice and understand their experiences. With permanent Team Managers and a permanent stable senior leadership team you’ll be well supported with regular and reflective supervision.
What we can offer you…
- Generous annual leave and flexible working options
- 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
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 young people and families.
You will need to be a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England and have substantial experience of the Care Act 2014, Mental Capacity Act and of working with people with learning disabilities. Having knowledge and/or experience of the SEND Code of Practice and Education Health and Care Plans would also be an advantage.
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, within a team who are passionate about the work that they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We’re supporting flexible working arrangements and our offices meet the Covid-19 Secure standards. We’re using risk assessments and where needed, PPE to protect our social workers. Good technology is provided to help you stay connected to your team and manager through virtual meetings, team check-ins and service sessions.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the role, please contact Michelle Thorne, Taunton Locality manager, on 07811313127 or MZThorne@somerset.gov.uk.
All interviews will be taking place virtually over MS Teams.
This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.
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