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Area Social Worker

Employer: Medway Council

  • Reference: C848DT
  • Published on: Fri 11/08/2017 23:59 PM
  • Closing on: Tue 12/09/2017 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time, Permanent
  • Hours: 37 hours per week.
  • Salary: Up to £36750 per annum Plus £2000 per annum market premia* Option of Lease Car or Essential User Allowance up to £1239 per annum
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Broadside, Leviathan Way, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4LL

About the role

Do you want to work for a Local Authority where you can truly make a difference through relationship based systemic practice?

In Medway Children’s Services are delivered through small teams called Social Work Pods. The Pods provide high levels of supervision; managed caseloads and a collaborative approach with families. With 4 social workers to one Practice Manager the support is real and with access to training in Systemic Practice and the Strengthening Families Approach you will be equipped to help families to stay together.

We are focused on providing evidenced based interventions to enable family life to improve for vulnerable children.

Your career in Medway provides access to a range of accredited training courses such as Systemic Practice; Video Interactive Guidance; Graded Care Profile and Solution Focused Practice. You will develop your skills in assessing parenting capacity, risk assessment and direct work with children ensuring that their experiences are the focus of our practice. Medway is a supportive working environment where we have high expectations of ourselves and recognise achievement.

Our commitment to relationship-based social work extends to how we work with partners and providers, where we build effective professional working relationships that enables families to change.

We aim to let you know if you have been shortlisted within 5 days of submitting your application. Interviews will be conducted on 8th June and 13th June; further and alternative dates will be offered as required

About you

We welcome applications from candidates who are enthusiastic about this approach and to finding new ways of delivering excellent social work.

This role requires you to be a qualified social worker with significant experience of working with children and families. You will hold a recognised social work qualification and completed your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) if you qualified from 2012 onwards. In addition you will have demonstrable experience of working with children and families in the statutory, independent or third sector.

Rewards and Training Offer

We understand that a motivated workforce is the most important factor for it to be successful and continue on its success journey.

We are committed to your professional development and will ensure you have the right resources and training to enable you to provide a first class service.

Our award winning Social Work Academy will offer you opportunities to undertake training in systemic practice as well as other areas of professional practice and leadership development.

About Medway

Medway is a unitary authority in South East England with superb transport links to London.

The council understands that a motivated workforce is the most important factor for it to be successful and achieve its aims. It’s vital that employees feel rewarded for their contribution.

To find out more about Medway as an area, a place to work and our full benefits, please visit our dedicated microsite http://www.medwaysocialcarejobs.co.uk/

Our salary offering for an experienced Social Worker in is up to £36,750 per annum plus market premia payment of £2,000* per annum.

Other benefits include:

  • Relocation expenses up to £6000 (subject to criteria)
  • Lease car or essential user car allowance up to £1239 per annum
  • Access to Medway’s Social Work Academy

* Market premia payment paid in 2 instalments bi-annually

For an informal discussion about this role please contact:

  • Róisín Madden; Head of Children’s Safeguarding – 01634 337302
  • Kelly Cogger; SW Manager Children’s Advice and Duty Service - 01634 335618
  • Deborra John; Area SW Manager – 01634 335625
  • Nicoleta Stangu; Area SW Manager – 01634 334104
  • Iva Kosoko; Area SW Manager – 01634 337307
  • Amanda Gillard; Area SW Manager 01634 335498

Alternatively you can contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878 who will be able to put you through to a relevant manager.

As a Medway Council employee you will have the opportunity to develop both professionally and personally by undertaking relevant training opportunities, enjoy a comprehensive benefits package including competitive rates of pay and pension scheme along with access to an employee advice, information and counselling service, employee forums and an employee discount scheme for national and local retailers.

Please note that all recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in hard copy format, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

Please visit http://www.mindfulemployer.net/ for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

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