Early Help Social Worker

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Range SW2 (£32,512 - £38,909) per annum, plus annual retention payment of £2,000 after 2 years service and the option of Lease Car or Essential User Allowance up to £1,239 per annum
Location: Medway Children and Family Hubs
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 25/02/2020 at 23:55 PM
Reference: CH0244LS

We are looking for a Social Worker who will provide advise and consultation to Schools, Early Years provisions and other partners in relation to safeguarding issues and support their management of children and young people where there are concerning issues regarding their welfare. We are committed to delivering the best social work to children and families. The social workers will be located in individual Early Help Hubs to support Area Based working model in Medway. Social workers will work collaboratively with a proficient leadership team to provide a holistic and innovative approach to children, young people and their families in order to maximise opportunities for them to achieve their full potential.
Social Workers will have the opportunity to be part of Medway’s Comprehensive Core and Advanced Skills programme through our Children & Adults Academy plus accredited training programmes for Systemic Practice; Practice Educating and Leadership Development. In addition, to ensure our Social Workers and Leaders achieve the best experience of relationship based social work for children and families Medway works in partnership with the Centre for Systemic Social Work to provide comprehensive and Accredited Systemic training Medway Council have designed our career progression for Social Workers, to reward continuity of practice for children and families, thus in addition to the organisational improvements, we have designed career pathways for social workers that reflect the importance we place on the work that social workers do, with a new salary scale that goes to £45k with the option of car lease or allowance; and an additional annual payment of £2,000 - £3,000 according to length of service and role.
After 3 years with Medway you will have the opportunity to take a period of sabbatical leave and also to pursue study that supports your professional interest.
Interview Date – 2 March 2020

In return we offer you:

• Generous annual leave entitlement
• Generous local government pension scheme package
• Access to wider training and development qualifications
• Flexible working scheme
• Travel plan discounts
• Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
• Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
• Assisted car purchase scheme

Our organisation:
Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.
Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.
Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

To find out more about the Early Help Social Worker positions, please phone for a conversation with Nikki Lloyd, Early Help Practice Manager by telephone 01634 338847 or email: nikki.lloyd@medway.gov.uk
Important Information-
Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile
Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement
Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age
For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online
Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted. All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

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.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.

How to apply

Please be advised that we only accept online applications submitted through JobsGoPublic ATS

If you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.

All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email, if you require documentation/correspondence in different format such as braille or large print, please contact the Resourcing Team on 01634 332878.

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