We currently have vacancies at various locations across the county for Social Workers with experience in the following areas:
Safeguarding – working with children and their families where there are children in need or in receipt of a child protection plan.
Assessment – undertaking single assessments of children and families at the point of referral.
Children Looked After – working with children who are looked after through the legal process and beyond.
Joining our Children’s Social Care teams as a Social Worker, it will be your responsibility to assess and safeguard the needs of vulnerable children in our community and in our care. Through pro-active, multi-agency working you’ll work with a range of service providers, facilitating the provision of a needs-led service and creating positive outcomes. We’ll look to you to ensure all services are child focused, using a range of therapeutic skills and interventions to make sure that children reach their potential.
We have a commitment to reduce fieldwork caseloads down to an average of 14, which is fewer than many other local authorities. This will allow you to focus more time on individual cases and be more involved in delivering a higher level of service.
Educated to degree level, in a recognised Social Care qualification, alongside registration with the HCPC, you’ll have demonstrable experience in the field, with a natural commitment to maintaining and expanding your social work knowledge and skills. You’ll have excellent interpersonal and communication skills allowing you to efficiently work in partnership with other agencies and teams. Alongside this, you’ll have excellent time keeping and a keen eye for detail, as you ensure accurate reports and information are kept.
Our journey is far from complete but we know that what we intend to achieve will grow, inspire, enable and unite the people who work with us. We want you to invest in this journey as much as we will invest you, through the training, togetherness, progression and engagement you’ll enjoy here.
So our commitment to you is just as important. We’re passionately in favour of sociable working hours. Not just because this is good for your wellbeing, but because, as you well know, resilience is an enormous part of being a good social worker, and a balanced life is a key ingredient in this.
For an informal discussion please contact Cathy Jones on 07890 583225.
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. We offer an excellent benefits package to all of our employees including:
- A Local Government Pension Scheme.
- Discounted lease car via salary sacrifice scheme and options for discounts on petrol or diesel.
- My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and so forth.
- A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work, childcare vouchers, additional annual leave, computers, mobile phones and health screening.
- Generous annual leave and flexible working arrangements.
- Staff discounts in gyms.
- Employee Assistance and support offering a variety of employee wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle.
- Optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
Somerset County Council must ensure that each person who works for the public authority in a customer-facing role can speak fluent English. This post is covered by Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) and therefore the ability to speak fluent English is an essential requirement for the role.
This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.
To see the full job details and to download and submit an application form, or to upload your up to date CV and a supporting statement, describing your suitability for the post and how you meet the person specification, please click Apply Now
Please stipulate which geographical area you would wish to work if successful in order of preference and also indicate which particular Social Work team you would like to work in i.e. Children Looked After, Safeguarding or Assessment.
Please quote job reference no: 8678/HC
Closing date: 4 January 2019
We have other interview dates throughout the rest of the year – please check back for more details or submit your CV to Recruitment@Somerset.gov.uk to register your interest in meeting with us in the future.