Surrey County Council have realigned services to provide a more seamless service to children and their families so to reduce the number of case holders supporting children coming in to contact with professionals from the front door to becoming looked after.
As a Social Worker in a Looked After Children's Team, your aim and role will be to support children living with relatives, friends or foster families and perspective adopters or older children living in children's homes and semi-independent units. You will be responsible for ensuring their safety and support them towards independence.
Through regular visits, assessments and reviewing their Care Plan, you will nurture and develop meaningful relations with these children; understand and interpret their wishes and champion and support them to reach their full potential. Occasionally, you will be required to prepare reports and attend court. You will be supported in this challenging role with regular supervision, and by working alongside other social workers, family support workers and partnership organisations such as: Health Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Independent Reviewing officers and carers.
Due to the location of some of our placements, you will have the opportunity to travel to other parts of the country.
Hear what our Looked after Children say about our Social Workers
“My social worker helped by getting me employment,
I had no motivation to work or do anything.”
“Best experience is when they just sat there and
listened to me even though they couldn’t fix everything at the time.”
“When in care I had a really good social worker
who campaigned to stay in foster placement
even though told it was too expensive.
I was settled and didn’t want to move schools.”
We offer £35,382 - £39, 246 per annum for Social Workers and £40,227 - £44,619 per annum Senior Social Workers and Advanced Social Worker dependent on level of experience, based at one of our 4 Office locations in Guildford (South West), Woking (North West) Redhill (South East) & Walton-on-Thames (North East).
Surreys Children’s service keeps on improving and with children at the heart of everything we do we share a passion, desire and commitment to become a high performing local authority and ultimately be recognised by Ofsted as Good and then Outstanding. We understand that the key to our success is our motivated and supported workforce who share our values and commitment to improving the lives of children in Surrey. As such we have created a new financial package that reflects our commitment to our staff and how much we value their support to achieve our shared goals.
From 1 October 2020 we are offering a new financial package of up to £6000 to new permanent qualified frontline case-holding social workers, team managers and Independent Chairs (These are subject to tax and national insurance deductions and paid pro rata if you are part time) :
- An unconsolidated welcome payment of £1,000 with a corresponding retention period of six months;
- A further unconsolidated retention payment of £2,000 on completion of six months service, with a corresponding retention period of twelve months
- A final unconsolidated retention payment of £3,000 on completion of 18 months service with a corresponding retention period of two years.
- Payment will be deducted from the final month salary should the corresponding tie in period not be completed.
Interested in a new challenge?
If you are a registered, qualified Social Worker with Social Work England (or equivalent) simply register your interest by pressing APPLY, and sharing some basic details, we will be able to have an informal conversation with you to help you understand if we are the sort of employer you would like to work for and to discuss team opportunities.
Please have your Social Work England (or equivalent) registration number to hand.
Or if you would just like to have a chat?
If you would like to find out more please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details or call us on 01483 518672
We look forward to speaking to you!
Surrey operates an agile working policy, all of our buildings have been risk assessed and are Covid secure with frontline social care staff accessing offices on a rota/agile basis. We continue to visit children face to face unless there is an exceptional reason not to and adhere to the government guidance regarding social distancing and use of PPE. The safety of our staff, vulnerable children and families is our paramount consideration and we continue to use virtual and hybrid models for meetings with professionals and families.
“We're looking for professionals who understand our young people. That means giving them an opportunity to be heard and listening to what they say. If you will never give up on our young people but will push them to be themselves and achieve their potential, then we want to hear from you.”
Tina Benjamin, Director for Corporate Parenting
Do you want to be part of a team of social workers and practitioner who will
Improve the lives of the children and young people living in Surrey.
Empower children and young people to have voice.
Care about children and young people, their wellbeing and their future?
If so, read on!
Submissions to this advertisement are collated for shortlisting on a daily basis. Your application will be reviewed by a hiring manager and a response can be expected within 5 working days. If you have any queries regarding timeframes around shortlisting, please contact email@example.com
Refer a friend scheme - Employees who refer a friend to a hard-to-recruit post within Adult Social Care or Children's Services could receive a £1,000 payment in return. A referral can be made at any time.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 28 days annual leave, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS 'Disclosure and Barring Service' check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be required for this role.
COVID-19 update: Subject to the ongoing situation, it’s essential that we continue recruiting safely. Therefore, interviews and communication will be virtual wherever possible and this will be communicated to you directly by the hiring manager. Please also expect that advert closing dates and interview dates may change as required. We still continue to welcome applications for our current roles and wish you the best of luck with your application.
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