PRACTICE IMPROVEMENT OFFICER (CHILDREN’S SOCIAL CARE)

EMPLOYER: KNOWSLEY COUNCIL

REF: CVP 0164

SALARY

£42,403 – £43,421 pro rata per annum

LOCATION

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

CONTRACT

Permanent

WORKING HOURS

18 hours per week. Term Time Only.

DBS CHECK:

Enhanced.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

21 July 2024, 11:55pm

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

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.

About the role

Knowsley Children’s Social Care is seeking to recruit a part time Practice Improvement Officer.  This innovative post is key to our commitment to embed excellent social work practice, helping to make a difference to children and families in Knowsley.

The Practice Improvement Officer will be a qualified and experienced Social Worker, ideally with a Practice Educator qualification who will support practitioners across Children’s Social Care through the delivery of training, mentoring and quality assurance.  You will support practitioners at each stage of their career development – from the ASYE programme through to management.

The role involves contributing to practice improvement activity through the delivery of training, mentoring and audit activity.  You will support managers with identifying and acting upon areas of need based upon quality assurance findings, as well as developments in social care policy and practice. You will gather data, maintain a high level of record keeping and provide reports to managers and senior leaders.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is a registered Social Worker and may hold a Practice Educator qualification.
  • Has experience of supporting and supervising learners and an understanding of adult learning theories.
  • Is experienced in the delivery of training – in person and online.
  • Has excellent communication and coaching skills and is passionate about supporting learners and developing social work practice.

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.

How to apply

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.

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.

At Knowsley we value our applicants and want them to feel well-informed and welcomed. If you have any questions about this specific job role or what it is like to work at Knowsley, please contact Samantha Madden, Quality Assurance Team Manager on 07384900806 / Samantha.Madden@knowsley.gov.uk

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