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Children’s Social Worker : Assessment
  • Employer: Surrey County Council
  • Reference: orbis/TP/773/6934
  • Published: Thu 22/10/2020, 18:00 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 29/11/2020, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36.0 hours per week
  • Salary: £35,382 - £44,619 per annum dependant on role
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Surrey

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Children’s Social Worker : Assessment

Children are at the heart of everything we do and over the last year we have been building a new approach to help support the children of Surrey.

We are looking for Social Workers, Senior Social Workers and Advanced Social Workers to join our team of dedicated professionals across our Safeguarding teams in Surrey to help embed Surrey’s new family centred approach to tackling the causes of children being in need or at risk.

As a member of the Assessment team you will be working with children from pre-birth to 18, in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.  

Each quadrant has a number of small assessment teams, made up of statutory social workers, a family support worker and a youth support practitioner. Our practice across the whole service is based upon consent, strong relationships with families and with partners who are also supporting our families.  

The first contact any family or professional has with our assessment service sets the tone for our entire working relationship with them. 

Our approach with families 

Using motivational approaches the assessment social worker engages with both the family and the network supporting them to understand the presenting worries and work out whether a statutory social work service is required. If not, a plan to support the family at a lower level of need will be put in place to meet the need of the child and family. 

It is important that from the first engagement with a new family the Assessment Service is thinking ahead to the next step for that child. Our teams create support around each child to either resolve family problems without statutory support or, when there is potential that the child will be harmed in their family, that they are thinking about the best next steps to arrive at permanency for that child.  

The team is supported by strong management, regular supervision and a culture of learning and development, with opportunities to access a range of training activities.  

Surrey County Council has a fantastic opportunity for qualified social workers to join one of our Assessment teams. We are looking for committed and passionate workers who are interested in the challenges of working in a busy, professional environment.

We believe that Surrey is one place in the country where professionals can make the biggest difference to children lives. We have taken huge strides towards delivering outstanding children services, and we want professionals who are passionate as we are to join us on this journey.

Your development

Both Social Worker and Senior Social Workers have a bespoke Learning programme developed by the Surrey Children’s Service Academy. You will have Continuous Professional Development and are supported to become Practice Educators with a clear Professional Development Pathway.

Advanced Social Workers, is an exciting newly developed role in Surrey Children Services. While holding a significantly lower case load of complex cases, you will be supporting the Team Manager to develop social workers who have less experience in the field. This is an opportunity for you to progress your career in social work while not entering into a management role.

The Council has also invested in training staff in the Family Safeguarding model, Motivational Interviewing, as well as investing in support to develop systems thinking in practice in Surrey. Your development will be supported by regular supervision and appraisal as well as a range of coaching, e-learning and other reflection and learning opportunities.

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Surrey operates an agile working policy, all of our buildings have been risk assessed and are Covid secure with frontline social care staff accessing offices on a rota/agile basis.  We continue to visit children face to face unless there is an exceptional reason not to and adhere to the government guidance regarding social distancing and use of PPE.  The safety of our staff, vulnerable children and families is our paramount consideration and we continue to use virtual and hybrid models for meetings with professionals and families.  

A message from Jacquie Burke, Director for Family Resilience and Safeguarding

“We want children to stay with their families as much as they possibly can.  Our commitment to early support and prevention - using our Family Safeguarding model - leads to lower caseloads. This allows social workers to do higher quality work, build close relationships with families, and give children the vital support they need.”

Do you want to be part of a team of social workers and practitioner who will  

  1. Improve the lives of the children and young people living in Surrey.
  2. Empower children and young people to have voice.
  3. Care about children and young people, their wellbeing and their future?

If so, read on!

Job Details

Submissions to this advertisement are collated for shortlisting on a daily basis. Your application will be reviewed by a hiring manager and a response can be expected within 5 working days. If you have any queries regarding timeframes around shortlisting, please contact cflworkforceteam@surreycc.gov.uk

Additional Information

We offer £35,382 - £39, 246 per annum for Social Workers and £40,227 - £44,619 per annum Senior Social Workers and Advance Social Worker; salary dependent on level of experience. You would be based at one of our 4 Office locations in Guildford (South West), Woking (North West) Redhill (South East) & Walton-on-Thames (North East).

Surreys Children’s service keeps on improving and with children at the heart of everything we do we share a passion, desire and commitment to become a high performing local authority and ultimately be recognised by Ofsted as Good and then Outstanding. We understand that the key to our success is our motivated and supported workforce who share our values and commitment to improving the lives of children in Surrey. As such we have created a new financial package that reflects our commitment to our staff and how much we value their support to achieve our shared goals.

From 1 October 2020 we are offering a new financial package of up to £6000 to new permanent qualified frontline case-holding social workers, team managers and Independent Chairs (These are subject to tax and national insurance deductions and paid pro rata if you are part time) :

An unconsolidated welcome payment of £1,000 with a corresponding retention period of six months;

  • A further unconsolidated retention payment of £2,000 on completion of six months service, with a corresponding retention period of twelve months
  • A final unconsolidated retention payment of £3,000 on completion of 18 months service with a corresponding retention period of two years.
  • Payment will be deducted from the final month salary should the corresponding tie in period not be completed.

Interested in a new challenge?

If you are a registered, qualified Social Worker with Social Work England (or equivalent) simply register your interest by pressing APPLY, with the following details, we will be able to have an informal conversation with you help you understand if we are the sort of employer you would like to work for and to discuss team opportunities. Please have your Social Work England Registration Number to hand.

We look forward to speaking to you!

Additional Information

Employees who refer a friend to a hard-to-recruit post within Adult Social Care or Children's Services could receive a £1,000 payment in return. A referral can be made at any time.

From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 28 days annual leave, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.

Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all underrepresented groups.

An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.

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Our values are what support our vision, shape the culture and are crucial in delivering our corporate strategy. For more information about our values and behaviours please follow this link.

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Our values are what support our vision, shape the culture and are crucial in delivering our corporate strategy.