How you'll make a difference

Our social workers make a real difference.Every day they work with families to help children and young people who have had a difficult start in life to achieve their ambitions.
 
  • Listening to young people and putting them at the heart of all that we do
  • Working in partnership with families, equipping them with the skills they need to ensure young people live in happy, healthy and safe homes.
What will you be doing?
 
We have a strong culture of giving staff the time, freedom and support to explore new and better ways of doing things.
 
Each team is different, you may be screening and assessing welfare concern referrals made within our Access and Response Teams, or working with foster carers and children in care under the Corporate Parenting service.  Perhaps protecting our most vulnerable children in a locality team or the 0-25 Disabilities Service; or working with young adults as they begin their journey to independence as care leavers.  
 
Every piece of the social care structure is critical and you will have a long term impact on children’s lives, however we can only provide the best for children, young people and families thanks to people like you delivering high quality, child-centred practices, which ensure the best outcomes for children and families within your specific area of practice.  
 
Our Integrated Children’s Service is made up of four primary social work service areas and their sub-teams.  We are always keen to speak with Social Workers of all experience levels about your aspirations and interests to see if we can offer you a suitable opportunity based on your preferences.  
 
  • 0-25 Disabilities Service
    • 0-18 Children with Disabilities Team
    • 16-25 Young Adults with Disabilities Team (Adult Care Act)

  • Access and Response
    • Access Team
    • Response Teams (x3)

  • Corporate Parenting
    • Fostering Team (x2)
    • Looked After Children Team
    • Transitions to Independence Team

  • Social Care Long Term
    • South Locality, Child Protection - Kingswood (x2)
    • North Locality – Child Protection - Patchway (x2)
    • Central Locality, Child Protection - Yate
    • Central Locality, Exploitation, Yate

What we need from you

  • You will be a qualified social worker with relevant registration to practice and a good understanding of asset and strengths based approaches to social work
  • You will show that you are a problem solver, confident about making important decisions, underpinned by a genuine passion to work collaboratively with children, young people and families to meet their goals and aspirations
  • You will be able to demonstrate innovation, positivity and dedication. You’ll welcome challenge and embrace change. 

How a career at South Gloucestershire Council is different

We invest in the careers of our people and we are recognised for the quality, breadth and depth of our training and development offer, which helps our people make the greatest long-term difference in their work.
 
A career at South Gloucestershire is an opportunity for you to progress when you are ready. 
 
Any post can become any social worker grade, be it at initial recruitment or through internal progression, our grades are:
 
  • Social Worker £29,577 – £32,234
  • Advanced Social Worker £33,782 – £36,922
  • Senior Social Worker £37,890 – £40,876
We have a fluid career progression programme and structure, what does this mean for you? 
 
  • You no longer need to wait for a vacancy to gain promotion.
  • Apply for progression assessment when you are ready, no restrictions on application windows.
  • Earn a higher income for your recognised experience.
  • Gain promotion without needing to change teams, managers or employer – fast track your potential.
  • Senior roles leading to both managerial or practice specialist careers.
  • Gain experience in other teams with secondment opportunities encouraged.
These posts attract a gross lump sum £3,000 ‘recruitment payment’ offered to enable Social Workers who have already successfully completed their ASYE to join our permanent workforce.  This is payable upon successful completion of your probationary period (after approximately 3-6 months) and is subject to eligibility criteria.
 
We know our team work best when they have balance in their lives and we offer genuine flexibility to help them achieve that work/life balance.
 
We have invested in the technology and support to enable staff to work seamlessly from home so we can ensure we are keeping staff safe during Covid-19.  For those staff who may need to work in the office we have also ensured that our offices and hubs are Covid secure; and have measures in place such as one way systems, socially distanced work stations and hand sanitizer stations throughout our premises.   
 
We are currently working remotely, as we provide a service to our customers from the council offices.  It is expected that you will return to the usual place of work in line with governmental guidance and local council policy in the future. 
 
By ‘Applying’ to this advert with your CV and indicating your preferred position(s) on your personal statement, we will contact you to discuss confidentially before you elect to formally apply as a candidate. 

More information about our wider Children's Service can be found at www.socialworksouthglos.co.uk
 
Please note submissions will be periodically reviewed and not at the advertised end date of December 2021.
 
We’re making a difference, be part of it!
 

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