We have a vacancy for a social worker in our UASC team, supporting both children in care and care leavers. This is a busy and highly committed team, who are passionate about this cohort of young people and ensuring they are offered the best possible support and opportunities on their arrival in the UK.
For an informal discussion please contact Jo Watts, Pod Manager, UASC Team - email@example.com
Interview Date: 31 January 2023
About the role
It’s an exciting time to join this busy team, who are a highly committed group of staff - they are passionate about ensuring this cohort of young people are offered the best opportunities possible to:
- successfully adapt to life in the UK
- engage in education, training and employment opportunities
- acquire budgeting and independence skills
- maintain their accommodation and secure housing
- live a healthy lifestyle and access health services
- make positive use of community and leisure services
- promote family and friendship links
- be aware of their responsibilities as citizens
The team also works closely with other professionals, including solicitors, the Home Office and Immigration officials, to support young people with their claims for asylum, and help them navigate the complexities of this often long and arduous process.
“Social workers’ morale is high and they enjoy working in Brighton & Hove.”
(Ofsted’s ILACS report)
We have developed a whole system that provides containment for social workers so that they can build ongoing relationships and use these relationships to make a difference for children and young people. This system is made up of small teams, or pods, of workers who get to know each other and those they are supporting
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'.
“Social workers have a good understanding of the children they work with. They build meaningful relationships with children through direct work and regular visiting.”
The most recent Ofsted report rated our services as good and recognised the difference that the model of practice has made for children and young people in terms of greater continuity of social work relationships, improved outcomes and reduced risks.
Our pod model is based on providing emotional containment for social workers and, as well as not using agency social workers, we have developed a supervision model which includes weekly group supervision, 1:1 supervision, and Reflective Practice Groups for practitioners and managers at every level. A Clinical Psychologist is based in the UASC team, currently 1 day a week, to support our model of trauma informed practice.
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 and Global Majority 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 implementing the Workforce Race Equality Standards for social care. We would particularly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Black, Asian or from a Global Majority.
In addition to working for an organisation that values the immense contribution social workers make and ensures effective support is always in place, we offer a package of benefits including:
- our innovative and unique supervision model, including group and 121 supervision and reflective practice groups, and a learning and development pathway based on our model of practice
- Social workers up to £40,213* (inclusive of 12.5% market supplement)
- a range of family-friendly policies including flexible working
- a range of exclusive benefits and discounts from a large number of the UK’s largest retailers and service providers to help your money go further.
We currently have opportunities for a social worker in our UASC Team, which works with newly arrived children all the way across their journey with our service as children in care and then as care leavers.
For these posts, you must hold a Professional Social Work Qualification and be registered as a social worker with Social Work England.
In addition, you will need to have experience of working directly with children in care and their families in a multi-disciplinary service and be able to build strong, meaningful relationships with children from diverse backgrounds, their families and key agencies.
If you need further information, please contact:
Jo Watts, Pod Manager, UASC Team firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.
Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.
Part office / part home – hybrid - We are a workplace that supports flexibility and employee wellbeing in the way we work whilst providing the best service for our customers. Team and service working arrangements are designed to support both employee work life balance and team collaboration. These would be part of your individual working arrangements alongside any personal preference agreed with your manager in advance of joining.
Working arrangements are subject to Government guidance at the time. Your contractual location will be the designated council office for your team and travel to and from your contractual location would be at your own expense.
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).
Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.