EXPERIENCED SOCIAL WORKER (FOSTERING TEAM)

EMPLOYER: KNOWSLEY COUNCIL

SALARY

£40,221 – £41,418 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

10 March 2024, 11:55pm

Are you looking for your next step in Children’s Social Care?

We have vacancies for Experienced Social Workers in our Fostering Service.

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.

The successful applicant will need to be qualified and professionally registered as a social worker, have knowledge of current legislation and regulations, have demonstrated their experience and abilities in respect of working in partnership with children, young people, families and partner agencies.

“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.” – Experienced Social Worker for Knowsley.

About Knowsley’s Fostering Service

Supporting our children is all about ensuring children in our care receive an excellent parenting whatever setting they are living in with the same life chances as any other young person.

In this service you will find an experienced management team managing two teams – one specialises in the recruitment and support of mainstream foster carers and the other undertakes fostering and SGO assessments in a timely manner, developing clear and focused plans as well as undertaking the role of Supervising Social Worker within the mainstream fostering team.

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.’

How to apply

You can book an interview now!

We are holding fortnightly interview panels – there’s no lengthy application forms, no shortlisting, just book an interview at a time that’s convenient for you. You can also view job descriptions and the benefits of working for Knowsley.

If you want to be part of a welcoming, friendly, supportive social work team, book an interview and send your CV and supporting statement to take the first step in joining us.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, belief, or identity, recognising the value that diversity brings to our organisation. We particularly welcome applications from individuals from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and candidates with disabilities as we acknowledge their under-representation in our workforce.

For more information about the role, download the Job Description and Person Specification.

Experienced Social Worker Job Description

Experienced Social Worker Person Specification

If Knowsley Children’s Social Care sounds like a place you could take the next step of your social work career with, book your interview today.

For an informal discussion, please contact Laverne Depass, Team Manager on Tel: 0778812676

This job advert may close early if enough applications have been received.

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.