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Principal Social Worker - Lead in practice development in Childrens Social Care
  • Employer: London Borough Of Waltham Forest
  • Reference: SP/22/217203
  • Published: Mon 31/10/2022, 9:07 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 28/11/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week
  • Salary: PO11 - £64,749 - £68,343
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Waltham Forest Town Hall, Waltham Forest

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Principal Social Worker - Lead in practice development in Childrens Social Care

In Waltham Forest we are transforming services through a new operating model across children’s services, adults’ social care and public health which empowers our workforce to recognise themselves as agents of change, working with residents to enable them to find their own solutions and connect into sources of support in their communities. In social care specifically, this means bringing some teams or functions together where it makes sense to do so to provide the best services to our residents.

Our Principal Social Workers have the oversight of professional practice to lead, support and develop excellent social care practitioners to deliver excellent services. The PSWs also leads on quality assuring practice, ensuring that the social care workforce on the highest quality practice through the development of a robust   relationship-based practice model.

With both a strategic and operational influence, the Principal Social Worker for Childrens service will be central to practice improvement across the service and for outcomes for children and young people. Principal Social Worker will work in collaboration with the Assistant Director for Quality Assurance in delivering a comprehensive quality assurance framework

Alongside the PSW for Adult social care, jointly lead a small and effective team of practice improvement specialists.

We are a supportive, challenging and inspirational service, striving towards the shared purpose of delivering the best service for the children, vulnerable adults and families in our community. In return for your hard work, we will give you the time and active support you need to make a difference. Promoting creativity is at the heart of our agenda to develop Social Work, and means you will be encouraged to share ideas, bring about positive change and strive to continuously improve outcomes for our residents.

You will be an experienced and skilled social work manager with a track record of leading and improving services for children with the confidence to transfer these skills to the Think Family approach in Waltham Forest. Your approach to leadership will support our teams to give of their best and embrace our ethos that it is relationships (with each other, with our residents, and with our partners) that make the difference in helping our residents to be safe, well, resilient and independent. 

Why join us at Waltham Forest?

  • 9/10 staff in our social care teams enjoy our strong learning culture, which focuses on new and emerging trends
  • We invest in your development to help you find your niche, specialising in areas underpinned by a clear strengths-based approach
  • Inspiring leadership and ambition, rated Outstanding 
  • Diverse and inclusive teams who improve lives and make a real difference – a safe and inclusive environment, with active employee-led networks and initiatives
  • A brand-new Town Hall HQ at Fellowship Square, with innovative and flexible workspace

Waltham Forest is driven by our sense of place and its people, we are constantly developing and evolving. Our opportunities are real: a fantastically diverse community with a variety of different needs, a new university campus, a £300million new shopping centre, 10,000 new homes over the next ten years, the reinvigoration of a much loved 950 seat theatre, and a new hospital at Whipps Cross. 

We are looking for a strong leader with high level communication and influencing skills. Someone who is creative, enthusiastic, and deeply committed to improving outcomes for children and their families, and able to lead in the continuous improvement of services for children, young people and families.

To best serve our communities, we are striving to achieve a diverse workforce that is inclusive of all backgrounds, cultures, and identities, e.g., race, disability, sex, gender, age, religion and sexual orientation. 

If you wish further information about the post you can contact Vanna Changlee on 07743218899