Are you a Social Worker who puts children and their families at the forefront of everything you do? Are you committed to the highest standard of service delivery? Do you want to be part of an innovative service and inclusive management team who constantly strives to make a difference? Are you ready to take the first step into a management role?
If so, West Berkshire Council may have the management position you’ve been waiting for.
What makes a great social worker is their ability to develop and maintain high quality relationships with children and their families. In order to do this effectively, they have to be given the right support and guidance and a working environment where they can flourish. This is where you come in.
We are looking for an exceptional professional who will embrace the opportunity to learn and develop whilst supporting the Team Managers in providing operational management to our Contact, Advice & Assessment Service (CAAS) and M.A.S.H (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub). Your main role will be to support the Team Manager responsible for the assessment teams and will include oversight of supervisees, chairing multi agency meetings and group case supervision sessions, providing advice and guidance on individual cases and financial resources and risk assessment. You will also be given the opportunity to deputise for the Team Manager and if required, to support the triage and M.A.S.H.
We cannot overstate the importance of continuing to deliver our high quality and effective service that meets relevant legislation, regulations and standards. As a service we take pride in holding ourselves to strict good practice guidelines and agreed performance targets. To ensure we target our efforts where they are needed we ‘work with’ our children and families, extended family members and partner agencies to ensure the best outcomes possible.
We have introduced the Family Safeguarding Model into all aspects of our service and you will be provided the opportunity to be trained in Motivational Interviewing and to work closely with partner agencies utilising a strengths based approaches in a framework of relationship based practice.
To be successful in this crucial role, you will be a highly skilled, experienced and motivated Social Worker. You will have the gravitas and influence to support and inspire your team and others to meet our high professional standards. Enabling positive change in the lives of our most vulnerable is no easy feat, so you must be committed to introducing effective working practices to meet the changing needs of children and young people. You’ll also have an excellent knowledge of SW legislation and a strong commitment to safeguarding children.
Some management experience or experience as a Practice Educator would be beneficial but it’s not essential for the right candidate. We are committed to supporting talented social workers develop and take their first step into management. However, it is essential that you hold a current Social Work England registration, and a full driving license.
Passionate, committed, forward thinking, innovative individuals please apply as you will be joining a service with like-minded people who have played a vital part in shaping the way in which we work.
At West Berkshire council, we recognise that managing and working in a frontline team is demanding. To be effective, teams need achievable caseloads, good supervision and a real break at times. This is why we invest in our frontline staff with a unique benefits package and a serious commitment to career development.
We offer a learning environment that will support you to advance your career. As an organisation we are committed to providing our staff with the opportunities they need to develop and progress at all stages of their career. At West Berkshire we offer a comprehensive range of training opportunities and professional development through professional supervision and mentoring with access to a training programme to grow and enhance your skills.
In addition, you will receive:
- A generous and recurring Sabbatical and Retention Bonus (Eight weeks paid Sabbatical and a retention bonus of £15,000 after your first three years of service and subsequently every three years that you continue your employment with our service)
- A period of Induction
- Generous annual leave entitlement of 28 to 33 days in addition to Bank Holidays
- Access to Car Loan Scheme
- Essential Car User Status
- A range of flexible working options
- Access to a generous pension scheme
- A range of discounts offered to staff by local shops, café’s and health clubs
- Generous relocation package (up to £8,000) may be payable
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Clare Fox, Team Manager CAAS (Assessment) or Karen Atalla, Service Manager (CAAS) on 01635 503190
You can hear more about how we work at West Berkshire at https://info.westberks.gov.uk/cfsrecruitment
Interviews are scheduled for week commencing 23rd August 2021.