“I can honestly say being on the journey of improvement with the Children with Disabilities service has been an absolute pleasure. They have grabbed hold of the changes with both hands and their enthusiasm to make the changes in the best interests of the child and families continues to impress me. It is a fantastic service to work for, as it is one of the few services where you work with a child and family from the moment they become known to social care, to the moment they leave. You get to see the development within the child, but also support the families in a very unique and personal way. The care and dedication of the staff is clear- they are what makes the service.”
Juliette Blake, Assistant Director Children Services
We believe that Surrey is one place in the country where Social Care professionals can make the biggest difference to children's lives and we are looking for committed and compassionate Social Workers, who are interested in the challenges of working in a busy and professional environment, to join our Children with Disabilities Team.
The Children with Disabilities (CWD) Team in conjunction with other partner agencies provide a specialist service to those children and young people in Surrey with permanent and (significant) disabilities, by ensuring their safety and supporting them towards independence. The service also supports the parent of these children by offering advice as well as various forms of support services to ensure that the children continue to enjoy their lived experiences within their family settings.
Here at Surrey we aim to work alongside families, to respect families and their rights, to work with them in partnership and with their informed consent, to recognise their strengths and help them identify their needs.
As a social care professional in the Children with Disabilities (CWD) Team, you will be aiming to support children and their families before crises so that identified issues can be addressed in a timely manner to avoid escalation. By undertaking strengths based assessments of the immediate and wider family members and engaging them in developing plans that will meet the needs of the child, you will have the opportunity to work closely with those families and children so that they feel supported, thereby building up resilience within the family.
Using motivational practices, you will help parents identify the aspects of their lives/behaviours that they want to change and provide the help and support to families, on a partnership basis, that would assist them on the journey to make those changes.
Embedding the family Safeguarding model will give you the opportunity to work alongside other social workers, family support workers and partnership organization such as SEND teams, Health Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and Independent Reviewing officers as well as carers with the aim to safeguard and promote the welfare and development of disabled children whilst supporting their overall wellbeing at home and elsewhere.
Your role in the Children with Disabilities (CWD) Team may see you working with colleagues in commissioning, fostering and adoption to identify high quality placements for children so that they are placed in stable long-term homes where their health and development as well as education and training needs are supported and they can strengthen their resilience to lead a happy and stable adult life.
Throughout, you will be supported in this challenging role with regular supervision and by the Surrey Childrens Services Academy which will look to create a culture of continuous learning opportunities that will further enhance your qualifications, skills and professional development.
We're looking for professionals who are as passionate about children with disabilities in Surrey as we are. We are constantly striving to improve outcomes for young people in Surrey, and that means giving children with disabilities and their families the opportunity to be heard, and listening to what they say.
We offer £35,382 - £39,246 per annum for Social Workers and £40,227 - £44,619 per annum for Senior Social Workers and Advanced Social Worker dependent on level of experience, 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 £6,000 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.
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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.
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.
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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