Project Description

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LOCATION

Nutgrove Villa, Westmorland Road, Huyton, L36 6GA

SALARY

Social Worker (ASYE) – Pay Band J / SCP 26 / £30,451 per annum (Fixed Term contract for 1 Year)

Qualified Social Worker – Pay Band J / SCP 27 – 28 / £31,346 – £32,234 per annum

Experienced Social Worker-  Pay Band L / SCP 32 – 33 / £35,745 – £36,922 per annum

Following successful progression under Knowsley Social Work framework.

CONTRACT

Permanent

WORKING HOURS

Full-time, 36 hours per week

APPLICATION DEADLINE

13 April 2021 at 5pm

Knowsley Youth Offending Service [YOS] is a skilled and exciting multi-agency team who wish to appoint a qualified Social Worker.

Knowsley YOS offers you the chance to make real changes to children and families lives in a dynamic and creative way. This role offers social workers an opportunity to work in a specialist field whilst being part of a committed and experienced team. We are a high-quality service that strives to support the complex needs of children, to achieve sustainable outcomes for those children within the criminal justice system.

Within the team there are a wide range of professionals including specialist practitioners in mental health, substance misuse, Police, Probation, Victim intervention and Family intervention. This combined multi- disciplinary team allows Knowsley YOS to function at the highest level.

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ABOUT THIS ROLE

As a quality Case Manager you will be responsible for ensuring the safeguarding of children and families, completing assessments and reports. With the child and family, you will build strength-based plans and interventions to best support them to support their needs and make changes to their lives, in both community and custodial settings. You will also be responsible for managing risk of serious harm, re-offending and the safety and well-being of the child. You will need to be creative in the way that you work with complex families, engaging them to build on the positives whilst having a strong understanding of the impact of exploitation, trauma and adverse childhood experiences.

We work under Youth Justice Board Case Management Guidelines including performance measures, local standards and Inspectorate frameworks. We ensure we are flexible in meeting the needs of the children and families we work with, focusing on building positive professional working relationships to help facilitate and maintain change. The role will require you to balance Child First methodology with public protection and have an understanding of restorative practice and contextual safeguarding.

We support Social Workers in their progression, affording opportunities to grow skill sets. Staff have regular supervision with their line manager, frequent professional development sessions and access to group or specialist supervisions for those complex cases discussions and reflection

Applicants must be qualified, and Social Work England registered at the point of commencement in role, however all applicants must fully evidence how they meet each essential criteria to progress to the interview stage. It is really important that you are aware that applicants will not be selected for interview if they do not meet all required criteria.

IF YOU ARE SUCCESSFUL – YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR

You will need to have knowledge of current children’s and youth justice legislation. Applicants must also demonstrate experience of working with partner agencies to support vulnerable children and their families, preferably in a statutory setting, to achieve sustainable outcomes for children, families and victims.

A key aspect to the job is being confident in your communication skills and being able to understand your audience, whether that be in a Court setting or to children. You will be required to engage with children in a variety of ways from support to enforcement so the ability to develop positive trusting relationships is essential to affect change.

WHY WORK FOR US?

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?

WE’RE HAPPY TO HAVE AN INFORMAL CHAT

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 Fleur Hann (0151 443 2872) or Mark McCausland (0151 443 5556) – Operational Managers, Youth Offending Service

To apply, you must apply through the link below. The council also will not accept hard copies of applications or CVs that are posted to the Recruitment team.

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