At Surrey our Children's Services are on a rapid change journey, with new management, innovative approaches and considerable energy. We are determined that children, young people and their families will be at the centre of all we do and are changing our model of work to one which supports excellent children's services, with Family Resilience - early help and prevention, at the heart of our journey. Family Safeguarding, an innovative and highly effective approach, developed in Hertfordshire will be central to our new model.
Surrey County Council is looking for committed and innovative Advanced Practitioners who have strong leadership skills to join our Multi-Agency Partnership within the Children's Single Point of Access Service. This is an exciting opportunity to shape children's social work by working closely with management while still remaining hands on. You will be a role model for good social work practice and use your experience to develop less experienced staff. You will have passion for achieving better outcomes for vulnerable children and their families. Your enthusiasm for continued professional development will be put to the test as you make the transition into your first management role. This will include conducting supervision meetings and supporting other members of the team and providing management cover in the Team Manager's absence. You will have comprehensive knowledge of the challenges associated with working with children and their families. You should already have sufficient experience of staff supervision and management and be at the height of your social work career. Applicants for the role will need a professional Social Work qualification and be Social Work England registered. We will invest in your professional development to empower you to make positive changes in your career.
About the Role:
You will already have highly developed specialist knowledge of Social Work practice
Your advanced expertise and knowledge will help you to take the lead on the most complex circumstances for children whilst ensuring a timely response to their needs when concerns are reported to the C-SPA
You will have shared responsibility for leading and managing less experienced staff
You will have a key role in researching and sharing up to date social work practice alongside creating a clear vision for the future and ensuring the best outcomes for children and their families are realised
You will have strong written and verbal communication skills
In return for the way you will contribute to this team, the council offer excellent learning and development opportunities, regular supervision meetings and an approachable and supportive management team
Requirements for the Role:
You must hold a Professional Social Work Qualification (e.g. CQSW, Dip (SW), MSW) and be registered as a Social Worker with Social Work England
You will have significant senior level frontline experience in a safeguarding team
You will be focussed on helping children and families to change their lives for the better in a timely and responsive manner
You will have recent experience of case work in Assessments, Child Protection, Children Looked After and Care Proceedings
You will have extensive knowledge of the challenges associated with working with children and their families, and in-depth knowledge of relevant childcare legislation
You will be comfortable in demonstrating professional competence in social work practice by using current knowledge and working within agreed standards of best social work practice and carrying out duties in accordance with the HCPC standards of proficiency
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 24 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years' service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.