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Social Worker - Children's Assessment and Safeguarding Team

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Job Summary

Contract Type:
Working Pattern:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
24/10/2021 23:59
Band 9 £28,672 - £31,346 per annum (ASYE / pre-progression) / Band 10 £32,234 - £34,728 per annum (SW main grade) / Band 11 £35,745 - £38,890 per annum (SW experienced).
Recruitment and Retention payment available for experienced Social Workers, please see advert for more details
Hours per week:
Job Category:
Social Care - Children Service
Vacancy ID:
Employment Location:
Darlington Town Hall
Post Number:
POS001077, POS001080, POS001097, POS010892
Number of posts:

Job details 

Closing date:
24 Oct

Further information

Darlington Children’s Services Are Implementing Strengthening Families - Family Valued Programme

To build on our journey of strengths-based practice and support for our families in Darlington, we are looking to expand our work significantly as we are adopting and implementing the Leeds Strengthening Families ethos.

This is an exciting time to be part of the next phase of this vibrant programme which aims to:

· Support the Council to safely and appropriately reduce the need for children and young people to enter the looked after system
· Create the conditions for good social work practice by supporting the development of a Borough wide culture and ethos of restorative and relational working
· Improve the effectiveness of Local Authority Children’s Services

We are seeking enthusiastic, driven and motivated individuals who want to be part of our next exciting chapter. You will be instrumental in creating an environment that supports and enables relational practice, building local capacity, relationship and skills and innovation as part of a whole system reform.

If you are an enthusiastic and dynamic Social Worker, either experienced or newly qualified, who brings passion and commitment to achieving the best for the most vulnerable families and have experience in Children’s Statutory Safeguarding Services either as a Social Worker or Social Work student, we would like to hear from you.

You will benefit from working in a compact Borough where managing a caseload is not hindered by travel, giving you more time with children and families.

You will have access to regular training, reflective supervision and support from Senior Managers.

We have a strong commitment to professional development throughout all our Children’s Service areas, with a training programme that is workforce-led and has strong links to supervision, appraisal and audit.

Our refreshed progression model further compliments personal and professional growth, with a structure that optimises succession planning into management roles.

We support and encourage involvement throughout all areas, with regular opportunities readily available through a range of forums, which also focus on building resilience and well-being.

We are progressive and forward thinking. It is an ideal time to join us and be an integral part of our exciting journey to good, within a modern and dynamic service that supports our children to thrive.

For detailed information on this role, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification.

Appointment and / or progression to Band 10/11 is subject to meeting DBC progression criteria.

Recruitment and Retention payment paid annually for up to 3 years to Social Workers with 2 years post-qualifying experience in a Social Worker role, subject to criteria including successful completion of an ASYE programme if applicable. Currently £2,500 per annum (pro-rata for part time hours, reviewed annually)

The successful applicant will be subject to an Enhanced DBS and Children's Barred List check and re-checking from time to time in line with the Council's policy.

For an informal discussion, please contact Lynne Westgarth, Service Manager Assessment and Safeguarding Teams, on 01325 406357.

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