Newly Qualified Social Workers
Office Base, Magdalen House, Bootle – borough wide work across Sefton
Newly Qualified Social Workers – Children’s Services
Sefton is a diverse and exciting local authority that is on a journey of aspiration and ambition as it works towards delivering it’s exciting Sefton 2030 Vision. There is no better time to join Sefton; with a new Director of Children’s Services in post, additional service manager capacity and support; an exciting partnership with Leeds City Council and the planned launch of Sefton Social Work Academy this year. We are confident that we will make necessary improvements and achieve good outcomes for our children, young people and families and would like you to join our team.
Our aim is to give Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW) the best experience during their first year in practice. Our NQSWs will be supported within our Social Work Academy in teams of 6 NQSWs whose focus will be working with children and families in need. Case management support, supervision and guidance will be provided by Team Managers who will ensure that you have a protected caseload during your first year. You will also have a dedicated Practice Assessor who, whilst ensuring you are gaining the right experience and skills to develop your confidence, knowledge and experience will facilitate a reflective space and support you to complete your ASYE portfolio during your first year.
By investing in “growing our own,” we hope to equip new social workers to become the best they can be. We want to provide our children and families with consistency; we know how important relationship building is and so are working hard to create as much stability in our teams as possible.
What we require from you:
- Social Work Degree or equivalent Social Work Qualification – applications are welcome from final year students (past mid-point of final placement) or those already qualified and registered with Social Work England
- A commitment to working transparently; in partnership WITH children, young people, and families, and partner agencies in a strength-based way
- Experience of working with children, young people, and families; using direct work skills and observation to gain the voice and experiences of children and young people
- Knowledge of childcare legislation, statutory guidance, and best practice research
- Knowledge of the Assessment Framework and ability to assess risk and need
- Analytical report writing skills and good verbal communication skills
- Ability to make child centred decisions, using evidence-based tools
- Ability to understand and demonstrate a commitment to equality and diversity
- Ability to use your own initiative as well as work as part of a team
- Commitment to your own personal development and professional growth; to include completion of your ASYE portfolio within 12 – 14 months and ongoing commitment to training.
Our offer to you:
If you join Sefton now, you will be part of something exciting and new as we launch Sefton Social Work Academy. You can expect to receive the following:
- A warm Sefton welcome
- A comprehensive induction programme
- Support from a Practice Assessor Lead, Team Manager, Social Work Academy Service Manager, Business Support, Clinical Support, and support from your new team colleagues
- Good quality, regular, reflective individual supervision and group supervision opportunities
- A manageable, protected caseload during your ASYE
- £1000 incentive payment upon completion of your ASYE portfolio in 12 – 14 months
- ASYE celebratory events
- Opportunities to influence change via attendance at staff engagement events
- A wide variety of career progression routes bespoke to individual training and development needs as identified in annual PDRs
- Clear Senior Social Worker progression
- Practice Educator programmes in partnership with the Cheshire and Merseyside Social Work Teaching Partnership (CMSWTP) and access to continuing Professional Development opportunities through CMSWTP
- Excellent training and development opportunities including a wide-ranging offer from our in-house workforce training and development unit as well as access to several external accredited opportunities
- Partnership with Research in Practice, providing access to online webinars, podcasts and materials linked to the latest research and policy updates to support your CPD and inform evidence-based reports
- Ongoing partnership with Leeds Strengthening Families, Protecting Children team to embed a restorative approach to practice – Sefton Stronger Together
- 27 days annual leave rising to 32 days with 5 years continual service and 8 bank holidays
- Enhanced sick pay scheme, maternity/adoption leave pay and maternity support leave
- Agile/flexible working
- Access to free eye tests and where appropriate, contribution towards glasses
- Occupational Health Service available to advise on work related health issues
- Commitment to supporting staff’s emotional and mental health with access to a free and confidential employee counselling service
- Access to online mental health wellbeing service - Qwell
- Discounted gym membership with all Active Sefton gyms
- Cycle to work scheme
- Salary sacrifice schemes including childcare vouchers
- Access to local benefits and discounts on products and services
- Relocation package as appropriate
We would love to hear from you if you think Sefton sounds like the right place to start your career! Please contact Laura O'Malley, Consultant Social Worker on 07977 034 087 or by email Laura.OMalley@Sefton.gov.uk if you would like to organise an informal chat.
Please note: interviews will be held during the period up to and after the closing date, so please do not delay submitting an application if you are interested in this role.