Social Worker School Based
Somerset County Council have an exciting opportunity for experienced Social Workers to be part of a new and innovative Social Workers in Schools project.
We are delighted to have been chosen by the Department for Education as one of only 20 authorities to work on the programme, which will see social work and education work collaboratively to improve longer-term outcomes for children and young people across Somerset. The DfE have officially extended the Pilot to March 2022.
We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including some working from home, compressed hours, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
You will work closely with the chosen schools, by becoming integrated into the school environment, whilst maintaining close and supportive working relationships with colleagues in social care. The role will be focused specifically on working with children and young people who are at risk of child exploitation.
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 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.
For an informal chat about roles within the new team please email Cathy Jones – CZjones@somerset.gov.uk or phone 07890583225.
These are all full time posts with part time options considered.
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. All interviews will be taking place virtually via Microsoft Teams.
Salary £30,451 – £34,728 per annum.
In this role you will need to speak Fluent English. More information is in our Job Pack.
Why choose Somerset County Council
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
This job requires a criminal background check (DBS) via the disclosure procedure.