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FDAC Assessing Social Worker - Level 2
  • Employer: Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Reference: CBED/21/9730
  • Published: Sat 06/03/2021, 12:55 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 28/03/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £31,589 - £33,106 per annum pro rata + MRS £5,150 per annum pro rata
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Technology House, 239 Ampthill Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire

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FDAC Assessing Social Worker - Level 2

Team: Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) Team

Job Family: Supporting - CBG10

Salary: £31,589 - £33,106 per annum pro rata + MRS £5,150 per annum pro rata 

Hours: Full-time - 37 hours per week

Base Location: Technology House, 239 Ampthill Road, Bedford, MK42 9QG

Contract: Secondment/Fixed term Contract – initially until 31st March 2022

Closing Date: 28th March 2021

Interview Date: 7th April 2021

More about the role: 

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) is an alternative, and research shows, more successful form of care proceedings, where parental substance misuse is a concern. It uses a bespoke, problem-solving, trauma informed approach to target individual families’ complex difficulties.  

Research shows that this model is successful in getting parents to engage with and stay in substance misuse services leading to more children being able to return home. Where parents do not engage and children cannot return home, quicker decisions are made about permanent placements for them. 

The Pan Bedfordshire FDAC is a partnership across the three Bedfordshire Local Authorities - Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Bedford. The lead and recruiting Local Authority is Central Bedfordshire Council. The successful applicant will work across Bedfordshire. 

The FDAC specialist multidisciplinary team is made up of experienced Social Workers, a Parental Substance Misuse Specialist, a Domestic Abuse Expert, Primary Mental Health Worker and Business Support Officer. The service includes adult psychiatric and child and adolescent psychological consultation.

The FDAC Social Worker is separate to the Child’s Social Worker.  

As an Assessing Social Worker in the FDAC team you would work with the court, providing an accessible community-based assessment and intervention service for high needs families with a history of substance misuse.

You will work as part of a team to provide a safe space for parents to address their difficulties, achieve abstinence and become able to focus on their child and address the concerns about their parenting. You would support parents to start on their recovery journey, encouraging them at assessment to invest in recovery with open engagement to enable an effective individual intervention plan to be put in place. 

As an experienced Social Worker, you would be critical to the success of the FDAC team. Yours and your colleagues’ practice would be enriched through collaborative support of each other and learning from each other’s specialisms. 

You would be part of a specialist team making important and key recommendations for parents and children.  You will work directly with families, provide effective and first-class intervention. Your role will be to contribute to every child being able to grow up safely and reach their full potential. 

In this important role, your day-to-day work would include undertaking timely FDAC assessment of complex cases (parenting and substance misuse assessment) and participating in collaborative formulation and intervention planning. You will write complex assessment reports for the court arena, to be submitted within directed timescales. You would be trained to undertake drug and alcohol screening of parents. As primarily an assessing social worker you would hold a minimum case load, enabling you to experience all aspects of FDAC work beyond the initial assessment and intervention process. This includes undertaking keywork with parents; writing updating review progress reports; verbally update and advise the FDAC judges; attend FDAC lawyer and non-lawyer hearings; facilitate multi-professional Child’s Needs Meetings; observe some family time sessions. Where reunification takes place, you may facilitate some family work with parents and children to support their relationship repairing. You will build and maintain strong collaborative relationships with partner agencies, sharing information to provide unified intervention and support.

The successful candidate will be qualified and Social Work England registered. You’ll have experience of frontline social work and will have worked within care proceedings, Child Protection and Child in Need, upholding the Code of Ethics. You will be a good team player and be equally capable of individual practice.  

Subject to managerial agreement the successful candidate would start from 31st March 2021 onwards.

Join the FDAC team and you’ll enjoy regular working hours, attractive benefits, plus excellent in-house training. This includes specialist courses covering specific areas of interest. Even better, you’ll develop a new level of specialism as you provide a bespoke, problem-solving approach to target individual families’ complex difficulties. 

Central Bedfordshire Council has its own vision and values that are integral to everything we do. Our area vision is to make Central Bedfordshire 'A great place to live and work’.

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To assess your suitability for the role, you must demonstrate how you meet the key outcomes, accountabilities and competencies. To do this, you’ll need to refer the Family Profile, Role Profile and Competency Framework which can be found in the Recruitment Pack: FDAC Assessing Social Worker Recruitment Pack

For an informal discussion about this position, please contact: Beverley Sorenson at or call 0300 300 6852

For queries related to the recruitment of this vacancy, please contact: The Recruitment Team at  

Safeguarding (For DBS posts only): 

Central Bedfordshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to share this commitment. This post is subject to the disclosure of criminal records.  

Central Bedfordshire Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in the workplace. We are a Disability Confident employer, we are working to become a Disability Confident leader in our community.

To maintain a fair and consistent approach for applicants, it is Central Bedfordshire Council's policy to only consider applications made via our online application system and we therefore thank you for not submitting your application offline. If you do not have a CV to hand, please look on our website for a CV template that you can use to create your CV to apply for this role.