Project Description



Nutgrove Villa, Huyton


£35,745 – £38,890 per annum




36 hours


26 April 2021, 11:55pm

Would you like to work in a small Local Authority that values its children, its families and its staff?

Knowsley Children’s Social Care is seeking to recruit qualified social workers to undertake quality assessments, develop clear and focused plans, ensure the timely delivery of effective services and maintain care planning, permanence and positive outcomes for all children and young people. Vacancies are across the service.


The successful applicant will need to be qualified and professionally registered as a social worker, have knowledge of current legislation, have demonstrated their experience and abilities in respect of working in partnership with children, young people, families and partner agencies.  They will need to evidence experience of working with vulnerable children and their families, preferably in a statutory setting, and ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form.  They would need to be able to work individually and as part of a team.  An enhanced DBS will be required for this post.


Knowsley is the smallest borough in Merseyside, covering only 33.40 sq miles, but it doesn’t come without its challenges.  With over 30% of children living in income-deprived families, an average of 350 children on child in need plans, 200 children on a child protection plan and 300 children being looked after there is always a lot of work to be done to support our children and families.

In Knowsley we use the Signs of Safety model across all levels of service. If you are a qualified Social Worker who has a passion to see families & their support networks empowered to meet their own children’s needs; can undertake good quality assessments; will support families to develop and review their plans; will measure & record the impact of the plans on their child’s lives; and will consider children’s permanence at every stage, you should apply to be a Social Worker in Knowsley Children’s Social Care.

Don’t worry if you haven’t used Signs of Safety before because as an employee of Knowsley Children’s Social Care you will become a member of the Knowsley Social Work Academy which will give you access to our Practice Standards, Practice Guidance and a comprehensive training package in respect of Signs of Safety as well as many other areas of practice and career development.  The Academy has close links with The Workforce Development Service so training is often commission on a need-led basis ensuring that our Social Workers have the most relevant and up to date training available to them.  Once you are a member of the Academy there are numerous ways you are able to develop your career. If you are an ASYE we have an excellent ASYE offer which includes support from experienced members of staff and guest visits from University lecturers as well as support to complete your portfolio.

For more experienced social workers there are various opportunities such as secondments to other teams, becoming a Practice Educator, delivering training, and enrolling on management & leadership training courses.  As well as group supervision with colleagues and monthly supervision with your manager you will have regular My Time; a council wide initiative to supervision and career development, ensuring that you are in control of your career development.

As an employee of Knowsley Children’s Services you will be provided with technology you need to enable you to do your job well; a smart phone, hybrid laptop and the ability to log-on whilst in the community ensure that you and your team are able to make the best use of your time and take advantage of the flexible working scheme. You will also be given a personal safety alarm that is linked to Knowsley’ s Security Hub to ensure you are safe when out and about.

Please read through the Conditions of Service, job description and person specification for more detailed information in respect of the role.


High quality induction.

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.

High quality supervision – supportive Local Authority encouraging you to take your next step into management.

Excellent training programme – you will have access to the Firstline programme and also benefit from the close links we have with Knowsley Council’s Workforce Development Service.

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

Visible leadership within a small Local Authority that values its children, families and staff.

Opportunity to work out of hours to gain accelerated experience and additional pay.

All services are centrally located – social workers have good relationships with partner agencies and other council services.

Senior Management is based centrally – meaning you can feedback to the highest level of directors about the services we offer.

Technology is hugely important to us – you will get a smartphone, laptop and the ability to log into your workspace whilst anywhere in the community. We want to help you make the best use of your time and support you with a flexible working scheme.

Secondments are common – there are vacancies in more than one service within Children’s Social Care.

Signs of Safety – we use this model across all levels of service. It does not matter if you haven’t used this before as we will support you each step of the way, with our Knowsley Social Work Academy.

Working for Knowsley Children’s Services

Knowsley is the smallest borough in Merseyside (only 33.4 square miles) but over 30% of our children live in income-deprived families. An average of 350 children are on child-in-need plans, 200 children are on child protection plans and 300 children are classed as looked-after children. There is always a lot of work to be done – but what drives us is enabling our children and young people to thrive.

Want to talk to someone about your application?


Taking the next step in your career is an important time in your life, we understand and value if you want to have an informal chat.

For an informal discussion, please contact Lisa Riley, Team Manager (Child Protection) on tel: 0151 443 3374 007966639197 / Rebecca Woods, Team Manager (Children Looked After) on tel: 0151 443 5180.

Please note on this occasion, we will not be accepting applications for ASYE / Newly Qualified Social Workers for these appointments.