Are you able to help families to create change and committed to safeguarding children?
We are looking for sessional workers to support the work of our social work pods. You will provide support to families and to children in care and other children with a social worker. You will work to support families or placements for children in care.
We are looking for someone who is child-focused and has experience of children's social care - working to support children and adults in families. You will need to be able to work independently and with other professionals.
For an informal discussion, please contact Thomas Stibbs - Principal Social Worker on firstname.lastname@example.org
About the role
Applicants must have knowledge of safeguarding issues and previous experience of working with young people, foster carers, and other professionals involved in the care of looked after young people, and care leavers.
Excellent record writing and IT skills are vital, along with an ability to deal sensitively with difficult or unexpected situations as they arise.
We would positively welcome applications from people who can demonstrate good written and communication skills.
Applicants must be able to work independently, and as part of team, have an understanding of anti-racist practice and be aware of safe working practices.
We have recognised that we need to do further work to support families and communities who experience racism in the city and to support our Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff. As a council we have made a commitment to being an anti-racist organisation and we have set up an Anti-Racist Project to make sure we achieve this within children's social work services. We have also appointed a Lead Practitioner for Anti-Racist Practice and we are one of the Local Authorities piloting the Workforce Race Equality Standards for social care. We would particularly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background.
We have developed a relationship based system that provides containment for social work staff so they can build ongoing relationships with families and use these relationships to make a difference for children and young people. This system is made up of small teams/pods of workers who work closely together with the families they are supporting.
Six years ago, we re-designed our Children’s Social Work service based on feedback from families, young people and our practitioners. The changes we introduced have had a positive impact for social workers and their ability to provide consistent and purposeful support to children and young people. More recently, this included making sure that social workers have support during COVID, including the right PPE and a flexible approach to support families and keep children safe. The principles behind our model and how we have brought about positive change are subject to an ongoing evaluation. This was published as a report with the University of Sussex’s Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research in July 2017 – ‘Empathy, tenacity & compassion'.
Please read our Apply for a job at the council (brighton-hove.gov.uk) pages carefully. They give you all the guidance you need to complete your application as well as information on what will happen after you’ve submitted your application and at interview.
As part of your application, you will need to complete your education and work history and upload a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.
This advert does not have a closing date as we are looking at building up a bank of SWROs and will review applications on a regular basis.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: This role does not meet the requirement for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Successful candidates will need to evidence that they have the Right to Work in the UK.
For more information about our values and the benefits of working at the council, visit Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)
Encouraging a diverse workforce
Our city is known and loved for its diversity. Not only is the mixture of people, culture and skills vital to the economic and social development of the city, it's what makes Brighton & Hove such a great place to live, work and visit. We are committed to developing and retaining a workforce that is representative of the diverse communities we serve so we welcome applications from individuals from all backgrounds. In order to achieve our aims of proportionate representation, we particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, male or trans.
Find out more about our commitment to being a fair and inclusive place to work where everyone can achieve their potential by reading about our fair and inclusive actions, our anti-racism strategy and the work we are doing to encourage a diverse workforce (brighton-hove.gov.uk).
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