We offer £33,665 per annum for 36 hours per week based at one of our 4 office locations in Guildford (South West), Woking (North West), Redhill (South East) & Leatherhead (North East). You will be asked to select your location and team preference on the application form.
Please find our vacancy list attached to the bottom of the advert for information on which roles we currently have open for you to apply for.
This position is based inside one of our main area offices, click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the building and surrounding area along with a view of the reception.
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.
About the role
A Foreword from the Executive Director:
'Changing our culture and practice will be the driving force of the improvement journey. Putting children, young people and their families at the heart of all we do. I am committed to introducing the Family Safeguarding model as well as ensuring key conditions of success are in place. One of these conditions is be that social workers will have manageable caseloads.'
David Hill, Executive Director of Children's Services
About the Role
Surrey County Council has a fantastic opportunity for qualified social workers to join one of our frontline teams. We are looking for committed and passionate workers who are interested in the challenges of working in a busy, professional environment.
We will be driving forward improvements in practice by introducing the Family Safeguarding model, an evidenced based approach in improving outcomes for children. This approach has been successfully implemented by Hertfordshire, Luton, Peterborough and West Berkshire, all of which have been rated as good by Ofsted.
You'll be taking on challenging and rewarding work, assisted by high quality supervision from experienced managers who are committed to making the improvements required to ensure that children and their families receive a good service. There is also a firm commitment to ensuring you have manageable caseloads – allowing you to do the work that you need to do for children.
You will undertake holistic assessments of children and their families' needs, working with children who are in need or in need of protection and developing and reviewing effective plans. You will also plan with and support children where they cannot safely live in their families, to ensure their life chances are maximised and they meet their full potential.
We are looking to develop area based services which will have multi-disciplinary input. Each location will be made up of the following teams:
- Child in Need
- Child Protection
- Looked after Children
How we will support your development
Supporting your career development is a top priority for us. We have a comprehensive training programme and are looking to develop a workforce wide "Academy". The Council is invested in training staff in the Family Safeguarding model, Motivational Interviewing, as well as investing in support to develop systems thinking in practice in Surrey. Your development will be supported by regular supervision and appraisal as well as a range of coaching, e learning and other refection and learning opportunities.
To be shortlisted to interview for this position your application will clearly evidence:
- Experience of working within a broad knowledge of social work practice and legislation, including safeguarding.
- An ability to demonstrate excellent assessment and analysis skills.
- HCPC registered
- A Social Work degree
For more information please see the Candidate pack and also find attached to the bottom of this advert a full job description and person specification.
If you would like to speak to somebody for more information about a role you are interested in please contact Children's Recruitment Workforce Team on 01483 518672 and we will direct you to a service manager or team manager.
Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis. In your application form please indicate your team & location preference. We will confirm that we have received your application and will get back to you in 5 working days' time. When a role that is not on currently open on our vacancy list (attached at bottom of the advert) that you are interested in becomes available we will contact you.