We have opportunities to join our Safeguarding Adolescent Teams (working with children aged 12 and above) based across Surrey and currently have opportunities with our teams based in Guildford, Walton on Thames, Woking and Reigate.
When not working with our residents in the community, we are keen to support agile working with a combination of home and office working. We are keen to get the balance right of providing flexibility but ensuring you feel connected to your team and the service.
The salary range for Advanced Social Workers is £44,614 - £47,681 per annum. We also offer a financial package of up to £6,000 which is payable in 3 instalments across your first 18 months in post.
Are you at a point in your career where you want to take on supervisory responsibility whilst utilising your skills as an experienced social worker? This role enables you to work on complex cases whilst also giving you the opportunity to progress your career through contributing and supporting managers to develop the skills and knowledge within the team, whilst occasionally deputising for the Team Manager. You will also have the opportunity to join Advanced Social Worker colleagues in county wide learning activities organised by the Surrey Children's Service Academy with a clear professional development pathway.
About working with Safeguarding Adolescents:
Working with families predominantly with children and young people aged 12 plus whose main concern is contextual safeguarding, neglect, on the edge of care or family breakdown including beyond parental control. The Family and Adolescent Safeguarding aims to help parents tackle the challenges in their lives that impact on their parenting. The workers in the team will work with families to build on strengths and enable them to make changes so that children and young people can remain in their care. This is a strong emphasis on relationships - relationships with workers and family, relationships within families, relationships within the Family Safeguarding or Adolescent team.
Family and Adolescent Safeguarding teams share the resource of the adult mental health workers, domestic abuse practitioners and officers, and substance misuse workers. Our approach is about more than simply introducing adult workers; it is about creating a structure of truly integrated practice, this includes formal and informal group case discussion/supervision. This approach promotes the sharing of different perspectives to create a more informed understanding of how to help families and create an attainable plan to support them.
In Surrey, you will have a sense of belonging within your individual team but also the wider service areas and directorate. You will receive high quality supervision, as there is a firm commitment towards dedicating time that focusses on the work you do with children and families, to enable you to work creatively and holistically in providing support and protection to children whilst also paying attention to your wellbeing and career development. This creates a sense of purpose and fulfilment with a clear pathway to achieve your future aspirations.
Wherever you are in your career journey, Surrey is committed to supporting and nurturing you so that you can be the best version of yourself.
Our Surrey Children's Service Academy currently has over 60 courses available and offers a bespoke learning programme so you can be at the forefront of best practice. Modules such as motivational interviewing and our total respect course allow you to feel empowered in having essential conversations whilst still ensuring a child centred approach to your practice.
How we will support you:
Surrey is committed to supporting you both professionally and personally and we offer a number of benefits you can access in your time away from work. A few examples of these include:
- A competitive relocation package
- We pay your Social Worker England Registration fee
- 28 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years' service (plus bank holidays)
- Access to our car lease scheme
- Opportunity to join our competitive local government pension scheme
- Family and lifestyle discounts via Surrey Extra (discounts on everyday shopping with shopping cards and vouchers for Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Marks and Spencer, Primark and many more high street retailers. Plus voucher codes, cinema tickets and reward points, holiday offers and weekend breakaways, and lots more!
- Smart Employee Eyecare - free eye test and if required a free pair of discounted glasses, with no up-front costs to you!
- Access to our Employee Assistance Programme - which offers advice, support and helpful information on personal, family, work, financial, legal and health issues, plus one to one counselling with 6 free counselling sessions.
- Fostering and adoption support
The job advert closes at 23:59 on the 27th November 2023.
You will need to be registered with Social Work England and have the willingness and ability to travel around the county to meet the demands of the role.
Surrey County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. A guaranteed interview will be offered to all disabled applications where:
- The candidate has evidenced the minimum criteria for the role through their application
- The candidate has chosen to share that they have a disability on the application form
Our application form and onboarding process will provide an opportunity to request any reasonable adjustments for the interview and/or the role.
We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups. We look forward to receiving your application, please click on the apply online button below to submit.