We’re Kirklees – Come and Join our team
Are you looking for the first step in your Social Work career? We welcome applications from committed and enthusiastic newly qualified social workers within their ASYE and final year students.
We’re on an ambitious journey and looking for passionate and committed social workers to join our teams which are already transforming our children and young people services.
Our most recent Ofsted visit in October 2021 highlighted our progress stating:
“Continuously ambitious and effective senior leaders have created a culture where strong social work practice improves outcomes for children in care who are in need of permanence. Skilled and committed social workers provide sensitive, child-centred practice to children and their carers”
“Comprehensive and analytical assessments inform decision-making for children in need of permanent care outside of their birth family. Assessments demonstrate thoughtful engagement with children and families and influence children’s plans. Family group conferences are used consistently to support children to remain at home where it is safe to do so, with support from their family”
“There is a strong focus on direct work, which is helping children develop relationships with their social workers. Social workers know their children extremely well. They visit children in accordance with their needs and wishes, even through the pandemic. Most children are supported by social workers who remain working with them for long periods of time, which supports children to develop trust within these relationships”
We are not complacent and continue our hard work on our improvement plan to ensure that we offer the best service to children and families in Kirklees.
Our progress so far is clear:
The social work teams are now close to full complement and all leadership and management posts are filled with permanent staff.
Advanced Practitioners provide more support for social workers and more focus on developing practice.
Working in locality teams and building effective relationships with partners.
A remuneration package which reflects the challenges of the role.
Our progress is reflected in the views of our social workers who said:
“The nurturing and supportive environment I work in, has allowed me to be able to see clear progression in my skills and abilities as a social worker”
“Practice is inclusive, you are not on your own, there is always support from peers, AP’s and managers, it’s a very supportive environment”
“We are like-minded people who are committed to making a difference for the children and young people we support”
Our Offer to You:
At Kirklees we recognise the importance of and are truly committed to the ASYE. We know how important the ASYE is to practitioners and we want to support you with the transition into practice; our commitment is to build up throughout the year to a protected caseload supported through regular reflective supervision. We recognise the benefits of peer support so as well as the support of your manager and colleagues you’ll have dedicated support from Advanced Practitioners. We’re committed to making sure you get the best broad experience in your first year to build strong foundations for your career in Kirklees. We have a bespoke learning and development offer at all levels of social work allowing you access to professional development opportunities enabling you to develop and progress your career; we have seen many newly qualified social workers join us after a placement in Kirklees. We are pleased that our Social Workers are choosing to make their career in Kirklees.
We are pioneering a Restorative Practice approach to social work which involves innovation and locality working with high quality relationships at the heart of our approach. We will ensure that you have high-quality professional development and receive high standards of induction, supervision and management.
We have opportunities across our services. For more information or to have an informal discussion please call 01484 221000 and ask for:
Assessment & Intervention – Adele Lakey (Service Manager) [email protected]
Children With a Disability – Sarah Schofield (Service Manager) [email protected]
Children Looked After – Rahila Habib (Service Manager) [email protected]
Travel is an essential part of this job and therefore it would be extremely difficult for you to do your job effectively if you did not use a car for all or most of the time. It is essential that you hold a full and valid driving licence and it is expected that you will either use a council vehicle or your own car.
To apply for this job please complete the application form, which includes a series of questions that will be used for shortlisting.
This job is subject to a DBS check at the appropriate level, please refer to the Job Description/Profile. A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.
We know there’s a wealth of talent among people who have a disability and we encourage applications from people with all differing abilities. So, if you need any support completing an application form, or any other format for the application or Job Description please contact the Recruitment Team for help by email: [email protected] or phone: 01484 221000 and ask for ‘Recruitment’.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.