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Experienced Child and Family Social Work Practitioner

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Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
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Advert End Date:
27/10/2021 23:59
Grade I/J - £32,234 - £37,890 + 5% Recruitment and Retention payment.
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Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
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Closing date:
27 Oct

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We are seeking to recruit a Child and Family Social Worker to join our Safeguarding and Care Planning Service. Job profiles are aligned to the Knowledge and Skills Statement for social workers and the salary offer reflects the calibre of applicant we are looking to attract. The successful applicant will join a highly effective and motivated team who are committed to continuous improvement following our 'good' Ofsted judgement in May 2019.

We are looking for a social work practitioner who firmly believes in the power of strength-based and relational social work, who can address behaviours linked to adult and childhood trauma and compromised child/parental relationships.

The successful applicant will have significant experience of practicing statutory child-care social work in a multi-disciplinary way in addition to having knowledge of statutory and organisational contexts, corporate parenting responsibilities and Government policy contexts and drivers. They will have demonstrable skills in planning and delivering interventions with complex and challenging families, formulating plans and interventions targeted at affecting change, coupled with the ability to analyse and evaluate complex situations and risk. In addition to this they will also have experience in responding to issues of separation and loss for children and young people

Their knowledge base will demonstrate a sound understanding of social work legislation, assessment and social work methodologies, including an awareness of systemic approaches. You will also have knowledge of child development across the age group and inhibitors to growth and development.

You must have knowledge of child protection and multi-agency responsibilities

Successful applicants will be empathic, enabling and resilient, with a 'can do' approach. They will be comfortable in reaching evidence-based decisions and able to exercise professional authority appropriately. They will be team players with a proven ability to work constructively with other professional groups.

Our aim is to achieve the best possible outcomes for our children and young people. Our Safeguarding and Care Planning Service has a strong and stable workforce, who tell us that they enjoy working for Gateshead. Our staff offer includes a range of training and development opportunities to equip workers with the tools to achieve the highest standard of practice. Our culture recognises the value of our staff by supporting social workers through reflective supervision, accessibility to senior managers and manageable caseloads.

It is essential that you have a recognised Social Work qualification, with a minimum of 2 years post qualifying experience, and are registered with Social Work England. A current driving licence and access to a car, or means to mobility support is also an essential requirement of the post. If successful you will need to apply for an enhanced Disclosure.

As an employee of Gateshead Council, you will receive a generous annual leave package (increasing after 5 years), be a member of the Tyne & Wear Pensions Fund and be eligible to access a range of employee benefits such as the child-care benefit scheme and annual leave purchase scheme as well as a variety of staff offers and discounts.

If successful you will be required to apply for an enhanced disclosure.

During the selection process candidates will be assessed against the Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities as set out in the job profile.

For an informal discussion, please contact Chris O’Reilly on (0191) 433 3865

Online applications only at www.gateshead.gov.uk

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