ADVANCED SOCIAL WORKER [CHILD PROTECTION]

EMPLOYER: KNOWSLEY COUNCIL

REF NO: CVP 0741F

SALARY

Pay Band M / SCP 34 – 35 / £42,403, to £43,421 per annum

LOCATION

Nutgrove Villa, Westmorland Road, Huyton , Knowsley, L36 6GA

CONTRACT

Permanent

WORKING HOURS

Full time: 36 hours per week.

(Consideration will be given for part time working.)

DBS CHECK:

Enhanced.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

28 January, 11:59pm

We have a vacancy for an Advanced Social Worker within our Child Protection Service.

Are you an Advanced Social Worker looking to work for an employer who recognises and values your knowledge and experience? Then Knowsley Children’s Services is the place for you.

At Knowsley, our Children and Families service want to invest in you. We want to support and develop you, preparing you for every stage of your career progression. We want you to be part of a workforce that is committed and motivated to making a difference. Our staff care about Knowsley’s children and families, and we care about them. They work hard in improving outcomes for our most vulnerable children and young people. Knowsley is a small local authority which enables us to be creative and responsive with high aspirations for our children and young people; we want them to feel listened to, happy, healthy, and given every opportunity to achieve. We want the same for you and all our staff because at Knowsley, we believe, ‘We Are Better Together.’  

‘There are many opportunities to develop your skills and knowledge.

Managers recognise your potential and support your progression. Positive outcomes and feedback is recognised and acknowledged by senior management…. Knowsley is a great place to work.’

Our teams are small and strengthened by a Supervision Policy which enables a supportive relationship with your manager. We remain committed to reducing our caseloads, enabling our social workers to spend time developing trusted relationships with children and their families. You will be guaranteed invaluable experience, a manageable caseload, interesting work and good quality management support.

Why not apply and make today the start of something new… click the button below to submit an application on the Jobs Go Public site now.

About our teams

Child Protection Service

Social workers in our Child Protection Teams support children and their families via Child in Need Plans, Child Protection Plans and PLO Pre-Proceedings.

Our small teams each have five Social Workers, an Advanced Social Worker, and Team Manager. You will be supported to develop a relationship with your manager, have regular supervision, support from our Quality Assurance Team, excellent training opportunities and access to tools and resources to assist in your day-to-day work.

You will have the opportunity to develop trusting relationships with children and their families.

Using our strength-based Signs of Safety model and Knowsley Better together approach we support families to have great outcomes and prevent children’s needs from escalating.

How to apply

For further details about the post, please contact Sam Roper on 0151 443 5043 or via email at samantha.roper@knowsley.gov.uk

How to apply:

Its quick & easy, simply upload your CV on to the Jobs Go Public site.

Please note: You will need to create an account with Jobs Go Public if you have not already done so.

You will be required to input your name & email address & will be invited to complete an equal opportunities questionnaire although this is not mandatory.

To apply for a Social Work role with Knowsley you must have the right to work in the UK and hold either a work permit or a visa.  Proof of these documents will be required with your application.   At this current time, Knowsley Council are unable to provide sponsorship for international applicants. 

More information relating to working in the UK can be found on the Government’s website.

If you have a recognised Social Work qualification and the right to work in the UK, you would then need to register with Social Work England (SWE) as they are the UK’s Social Work regulators. Once that is in place you could apply for vacancies with Knowsley Council.

To clarify in order to proceed you would need to:

  1. Have the right to work in the UK- Prove your right to work to an employer: Overview – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
  2. Have a recognised social work qualification- check via this link- List of overseas qualifications – Social Work England
  3. Be registered with Social Work England Home – Social Work England

Why work for Knowsley?

Newly developed bespoke four-week Induction Programme

MyTime – our monthly supervisions scheduled with you. This is your one-to-one time solely focused on your career development

Reflective supervision – 4 weekly

Access to Signs of Safety Group Supervision.

Manageable Workload – the directors of our service work closely with the Heads of Service and Team Managers to ensure caseloads are manageable and you are supported.

Learning & Career Development: We have a wide range of blended learning opportunities available to all employees, which will be relevant to your job & progression

Generous Holiday Entitlement: starting at 28 days leave with an option to buy additional 10 days leave

Secondment Opportunities

High quality IT Kit supporting agile working arrangements

Newly developed Progression Pathway

Visible Leadership with Monthly Principle Social Worker (PSW) drop-in sessions

Themed Practice Learning Week: Providing a range of bitesize learning opportunities.

We can also offer you:

  • Flexible working, Hybrid working arrangements & family friendly initiatives; Our flexible working scheme allows you to manage your hours & plan your life more easily

  • We are a Disability Confident Employer, meaning we offer Inclusive & accessible recruitment, offering an interview to disabled people, providing reasonable adjustments, & supporting existing employees.

  • Apprenticeship offer

  • Differentiated sickness absence for individuals living with a disability.

  • Menopause policy supporting women in the workplace.

  • Local Government Pension Scheme

  • A range of workers groups, e.g., Black & Minority Workers’ Group, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Forum, Neurodiverse Staff Support Group

  • Wellbeing Support: We want to improve the well-being of our employees both in & out of the workplace

  • Learning at Work Week: A yearly celebration awards to recognise & celebrate individual practice across the council

  • We currently offer free parking

  • We currently offer free Tea & Coffee

  • Cycle to work scheme: We are committed to greener transport solutions. Our scheme entitles you to significant discounts on the price of a new bike & safety equipment

  • Bank holidays

  • Eye tests: We provide all display screen users with a free eye test on request. We have a corporate eye care scheme which includes a contribution to the cost of glasses.

  • Childcare vouchers

  • Discounted Gym membership

  • Credit Union Membership

  • VIVUP Discounts & Savings The program offers a staff discount scheme.