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Children Looked After Senior Social Worker

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: surreycc/TP/287912/163
  • Published: Mon 25/03/2024, 9:09 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 15/04/2024, 10:09 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £44614 - £47681 per annum + £6,000 additional payment
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Reigate, Woking or Walton

We have opportunities for Senior Social Workers to join our Children Looked After Team based in Woking, Reigate and Walton on Thames.

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 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.

Rewards and Benefits

  • We pay your Social Worker England Registration fee
  • 28 days annual leave, rising to 30 days after 5 years' service (plus bank holidays)
  • Option to buy up to 10 days of additional annual leave
  • An extensive Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) to support health and wellbeing
  • Up to 5 days of carer's leave per year
  • Paternity, adoption and dependants leave
  • A generous local government salary related pension
  • Lifestyle discounts including gym, travel, shopping and many more
  • 2 paid volunteering days plus 1 team volunteering day per year
  • Learning and development hub where you can access a wealth of resources

We recognise that looking for your next Social Work position is a really important step in your career and we're here to make that transition a positive one. Our commitment to applicants is to remove barriers and to understand more about you, your motivation for working in children's social care and why you're proud to work for such a valuable profession.

Take a read and we hope, you'll be just as excited to speak to us as we are you.

About working with Children Looked After

As a member in the Children Looked After Team, your aim and role will be to support children living with relatives, friends or foster families and perspective adopters or older children living in children's homes and semi-independent units. You will build sustainable relationships with them and plan for their permanence. You will be responsible for ensuring their safety and support them towards independence.

Through regular visits, assessments and reviewing their Care Plan, you will nurture and develop meaningful relationships with these children; understand and interpret their wishes; and champion and support them to reach their full potential. Occasionally, you will be required to prepare reports and attend court. You will be supported in this challenging role with regular supervision and consultations with our Mental Health Focussed Social Worker. You will also find support by working alongside other social workers, family support workers and partnership organisations such as: Health Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (New Leaf), Independent Reviewing officers and carers. You will also be supported in your career development by your management team and also by the Surrey Academy.

One Voice

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.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The job advert closes at 23:59 on the 15th April 2024.

Following the closing date, if your application is shortlisted you will be contacted by our CFL Workforce Team within 5 working days. They will be able to advise on interview arrangements and can support in answering any questions you may have.

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.

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.

Our Commitment

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.

  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: surreycc/TP/287912/163
  • Published: Mon 25/03/2024, 9:09 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 15/04/2024, 10:09 AM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: £44614 - £47681 per annum + £6,000 additional payment
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Reigate, Woking or Walton

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