EXPERIENCED SOCIAL WORKER [CHILDREN’S SOCIAL CARE]

EMPLOYER: KNOWSLEY COUNCIL

REF NO: CVP 0124 RC

SALARY

Experienced Social Worker: Pay Band L / SCP 32-33 / £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

30 June 2024, 11:59pm

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

We have vacancies for Experienced Social Workers across our Children’s Services.

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… book an interview 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.

Cared For Children 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 and stable management team managing small teams of five staff including an Advanced Social Work Practitioner.

The focus within the service is where you assess, review and support children and young people who live in long term care arrangements. This gives you the opportunity to get to know a Child/Young person and be part of their development and achievements looking to support them either to be reunified with family or a move through to independence.

Social Workers within our Supporting Our Children teams are committed to supporting our children to have a great childhood and future outcomes. They support children to achieve a plan of permanence and ensure we discharge Care Order’s and achieve Special Guardian Orders for children, wherever is possible and safe to do so. You will have a passion for being an advocate and corporate parent for the children our care and committed to establishing longer term trusting relationships with them and helping them to understand their unique life story.

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 underrepresentation in our workforce.

At Knowsley Council we will consider requests for flexible working. For most roles, the following types of flexibility are usually possible: flexible hours, working from home, compressed hours, part-time.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy earlier than the specified date should we receive sufficient applicants.

For further details about available posts, please contact Sarah Bird on 0151 443 5050 or via email at sarah.bird@knowsley.gov.uk 

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.