Committed to helping children and young people? Us too, come and help us build something special in Wakefield.

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Posted
Application deadline 13th December 2019
Job reference 226523
Job location Wakefield
Hours per-week 37
Salary £Salary Grade 9, SCP 34 – 37 £31,371 - £33,799

Committed to helping children and young people? Us too, come and help us build something special in Wakefield.

 

We are currently advertising for nine Social Workers within;

  • Children in Care
  • Children in Care (Emotional Wellbeing Team)

 

Should you have a preference of the team in which you would like to work, please specify this on your application form within the designated area. You may also specify your interest in more than one of the teams. You will need to have completed your ASYE and have further experience in front line teams.

 

Salary Grade 9, SCP 34 – 37    £31,371 – £33,799

 

Thriving children in thriving families need exceptional people to support them. In Wakefield we’ve been working hard to make the changes that will create a strong and sustainable social work service filled with confident, competent practitioners empowered to make a difference.

 

Our approach is beyond partnership and collaboration, we have real connection with our partners, who are just as committed and energetic about making the necessary changes as we are. There’s a truly shared responsibility for success, and a passion and energy from everyone involved, right from the most senior people in the organisations all the way to frontline practitioners.

 

Being a Social Worker in Wakefield will include all of the challenges and rewards that rapid improvement brings. In return for you bringing your passion, expertise and drive, we offer:

 

  • Manageable caseloads – we’ve made good progress on bringing down workloads and are aiming for case-loads of 20 (15 for newly-qualified social workers) and no more than 160 children’s cases per team. Smaller teams mean you get – and can give – the best support
  • Regular, reflective supervision to support your practice and professional development.
  • Additional investment in the social work structure, with new management positions and additional frontline teams being established
  • Comprehensive training, including professional development and courses to support your wellbeing
  • The chance to live and work in a dynamic city filled with culture and leisure opportunities, with great housing at affordable prices and good transport links

 

In return we are looking for a Social Worker who can;

 

  • Carry out the role and responsibilities of a key worker for a caseload which will include complex and statutory work
  • Help children and young people, families and carers make informed decisions, enabling them to clarify and express their needs and contribute to service planning
  • Be responsible for analysing information to support the ongoing needs of children, young people and their families and carers
  • Maintain and develop effective working relationships with other professionals within the directorate and with partner agencies to ensure integrated, holistic and multidisciplinary approach to the care management and safeguarding of children and young people
  • Use high level communication skills including listening, building empathy, consultation and negotiation to ensure positive outcomes for children and young people
  • Innovate and problem solve with the ability to identify appropriate social work interventions in order to promote positive change
  • Provide written and verbal reports which are concise, informative and based on analysis of complex evidence which can be used within the legal context

 

Closing Date: 13 December 2019 Midnight

 

For an informal discussion, please contact Dean Howson at DHowson@wakefield.gov.uk

 

The successful applicant will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form and to provide criminal conviction information.

 

Wakefield Council is wholly committed to ensuring children and young people are fully supported and safe.  We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and young people whilst promoting their welfare and expect all staff and volunteers to share this responsibility.

 

 

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The successful applicant will be required to complete a Disclosure Application Form and to provide criminal conviction information.

 

Wakefield Council is wholly committed to ensuring children and vulnerable adults are fully supported and safe. We are dedicated to the safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults whilst promoting their welfare. We expect all staff and volunteers to share this responsibility.

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