Are you about to complete your degree in social work?
Looking for an opportunity to embark on your social work career in an organisation where "social workers' morale is high" (Ofsted 2018)?
Do you want to make a real difference to the lives of children and families?
If so, then we would like to hear from you.
Closing date: Midnight on the 3rd May 2020
Interview dates: Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th May - the interviews will be run on a recruitment centre model and you will need to attend on one of these three days. Please state on your application if you have a preference for one of the days or cannot attend a particular date.
About the role
We are committed to improving outcomes for all children and young people and we believe this starts with investing in our practitioners so they can become the best they can. To help us do this, we have worked closely with the Centre for Social Work Practice, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, the Universities of Sussex and Brighton and our Teaching Partnership to put relationship-based practice at the centre of everything we do.
Social work in Brighton & Hove
Relationship-based social work is making a difference for children and their families as evidenced by reducing numbers of children with child in need and child protection plans and children in care. We continue to develop our model of social work, supported by ongoing evaluation with families and external partners, and share this learning across the local and national system. Social workers feel contained by their supervisors and have space for reflection – as evidenced by the results of the Your Voice: social work survey and the quality of their practice. For example, in 2019 89% of practitioners said they felt safe and supported at work in the Your Voice survey and 94% of workers responded that they get the right support and guidance from their managers.
About the role
As a newly-qualified social worker, you will work as part of a small team (or pod) led by an experienced manager. You will have a protected caseload providing support to the same children throughout their journey from assessment to leaving care.
To help you make the transition from pre-qualifying training to a confident and competent practitioner, we will provide you with:
- A highly rated Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) induction and training programme.
- Robust supervision and support, including group supervision in your pod.
- Regular Practice Development Groups and support from a dedicated Professional Education Consultant.
As you progress beyond ASYE, you will continue your professional development through reflective practice groups, group and one-to-one supervision sessions and support from Lead Practitioners and professionals from other disciplines, in our Partners in Change Hub. You will also have opportunities to take part in practice research and have access to a comprehensive programme of learning and development linked to our model of practice.
You must hold a Professional Social Work Qualification (e.g. CQSW, DipSW, MSW) and be registered as a social worker with Social Work England, at the point of starting in post on Monday 7th September 2020. In addition, you will need to have experience of working directly with children in need and their families in a multi-disciplinary service and be able to build strong, meaningful relationships with children from diverse backgrounds, their families and key agencies.
- Starting salary £28,785- £31,371 per annum
- Salary range £32,029 up to £34,788 on completion of ASYE year + a potential market supplement which is currently over £2,791 per annum
- Career average pension scheme
- 27 days leave a year
- Flexible working
- Childcare voucher scheme
Social work in Brighton & Hove
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If you would like to discuss this opportunity informally, please contact our Professional Education Consultants, Jo Moore and Rachel Foggitt, on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is part-time or term-time only.
Work Permits: we may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System.
From 6 April 2011 the Home Office has placed a permanent restriction on the number of migrant workers that all Tier 2 (General) Sponsors can recruit. Due to the restrictions we cannot guarantee that individuals that meet the requirements of the Points-based Immigration System will be issued with clearance to obtain work permits.
How to find out more
If you would like to discuss this opportunity informally, please contact Jaina Sloan, Social Work Professional Educator firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, male or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.
As part of Brighton & Hove City Council's ongoing commitment to redeployment, please note that this vacancy may be withdrawn at any stage of the recruitment process, without prior notice if a suitable redeployee (internal employee at risk of redundancy) is identified.