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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
27/10/2021 23:59
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
"3 Esther Court, Ashington"
Number of posts:

Job details 

Closing date:
27 Oct

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Further information

Family Placement Service - Social Worker

Kinship Assessment and Support Team

The Council

At Northumberland County Council we are proud of our employees, who are passionate and committed to improving outcomes for our children and young people, ensuring that they feel safe, healthy, happy and ready to learn and achieve.

We place children and young people at the heart of all we do and aim to provide a quality service to ensure that children in care get the best possible outcomes. Children thrive in stable and loving families. Sometimes birth parents are unable to care for their children themselves. Getting the best possible care for these children is one of our most important corporate parent responsibilities.

For further information about working for Northumberland County Council, please click here: http://www.northumberland.gov.uk/working

The role

An opportunity has risen for a qualified social worker to join the team at the Residential & Family Placement Service. We are looking for an experienced social worker with a minimum of one year post qualifying experience in statutory social work.

The social work post is in the Kinship Assessment and Support Team (KAST). The team assesses and supports extended family members to support children to remain in their care. The team is responsible for the completion of Special Guardianship Reports as directed by the court and the completion of Family & Friends Fostering Assessments. The team offer training, support and advice for special guardians that enhances the lives of children and their families and promotes stability.

You will be part of a creative, enthusiastic and dynamic Residential & Family Placement Service. You will work with other partners and stakeholders to make sure the voice of the child is taken into consideration. As a Service, we will provide you with excellent support and supervision together with genuine opportunities for personal development.

You will hold a case-load and work with other agencies and disciplines to ensure that an effective and holistic service response is provided. You will work closely with the social workers in both the area teams and in the fostering team.


We are offering:

A competitive salary of £32,910 - £36,922 (dependent on grade and experience) with a wide range of additional benefits

Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (or other pension scheme)

A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision

Regular supervision

A supportive environment

Career progression opportunities

A generous remuneration package

Induction, support and mentoring from day one in post

Flexible working arrangements

Essential requirements:

You will have excellent communication skills and be able to convey complex messages in a straightforward way, both verbally and in writing.

You will not be afraid to think creatively to solve problems.

You will be empathetic and sensitive to the needs of children, young people and families.

You will always want to hear the young person's voice and ensure that this is taken into account.

You will be passionate about maximising a child’s life chances to improve their overall outcomes

You will understand the importance of performance information and your contribution to maintaining high standards.

You will have experience of working in a multi-disciplinary environment

You will be able to contribute to the development of the service.

You will have a sound knowledge base of the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Child and Family Social Work and the application of Professional Capabilities Framework which will be embedded within all elements of your practice.

You must hold a relevant Social Work qualification such as the Social Work Degree, DipSW, CQSW or CSS and be registered with Social Work England. You should also have a minimum of one years post qualifying experience.

Closing date is the 27th October 2021.

Interviews will take place on the 11th and 12th November 2021.

For further information, please contact Lesley Thompson,Team Manager – Residential & Family Placement Service on 01670 626262 for an informal discussion.

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