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Social Worker - Family Support and Protection
  • Employer: Essex County Council
  • Reference: ECC/20/126123
  • Published: Wed 06/05/2020, 13:15 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 17/06/2020, 23:59 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: To be confirmed
  • Salary: £30,906 to £42,254 per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Essex

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Social Worker - Family Support and Protection

Job summary and Responsibilities
We are one of the most effective and progressive Children and Families Service in the country.
Our vision is to support families through strengths based social work to parent children in ways that keep them safe and enhance their development and well-being, alongside investing in effective early help.  We are building a culture of positive support for families that is both embedded and sustainable for the long term.  Essex County Council achieved an outstanding rating in its last Ofsted inspection.
Family Support & Protection
Family Support and Protection (FS&P) work with families that have long-term complex issues, require more than three months’ intervention and where children are subject to child protection or child in need plans or where children can no longer live at home and care proceedings need to be initiated. FS&P social workers are responsible for building on the relationships with families using systematic and strengths based social work approaches. Through this they will work alongside families to achieve positive change within the context of managing risk. The work is varied and involves working with Public Law Outline (PLO), taking families into proceedings and first hearing only, Special Guardianship Order (SGO) assessments and Section 7 court reports, reviewing as well as updating assessments and plans for children subject to Children in Need (CIN), Child Protection (CP) or Looked-After Children (LAC).
Job Purpose Summary
Managing a defined caseload, the social worker is responsible for working effectively with children, young people and families/carers to achieve positive change and improved outcomes. This includes enquiry, assessment, purposeful intervention through direct work and review in relation to Child Protection, Child in Need and Children Looked After, achieving permanency through care for Children in Care
Why work with Family Support and Protection in Basildon?

• Free onsite parking for staff, easily accessible via A13/A127
• Great team morale, friendly, helpful, supportive colleagues
• Permanent managers in both areas who are supportive, encouraging and available
• All teams are based in the same offices which is great for collaborative working
• Great training pathways for staff, encouragement to all staff for their continual professional development
• Good working relationships with other teams and professionals. Step down processes to partner agencies embedded
• Staff are provided with monthly reflective supervision
• We are passionate about the use of systemic thinking/practice in interventions.
Knowledge, skills and experience
What you’ll need to join our Social Work teams
  • Diploma or degree in social work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent.
  • Registration with Social Care England as a registered Social Worker.
  • Demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS).
  • Case recording. 
  • Demonstrate ability in the application of SW knowledge, using emotional intelligence, analytical skills and act with confidence in challenging social and family situations.
  • A good working knowledge and ability to use information technology and related systems e.g. Word, SW case recording systems.
  • Required to work flexibly as required, including evenings and weekends if necessary.
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.
As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit:
Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link:
Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits
Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.
If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Resourcing Team on 03330135888.