Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: NQSW - £29,590 per annum
Location: Chatham, Kent
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 27/05/2020 at 23:55 PM
Reference: CSC017RJ

We are recruiting Newly Qualified Social Workers for the 2020-2021 Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE) programme. Eligible applicants will have completed their Social Work qualification no more than 2 years prior to the starting date, not have completed an ASYE programme before and otherwise meet the DfE requirements for undertaking the ASYE.

You will also be offered the opportunity to work as a Family Support Worker in Medway Children’s Services, whilst pending your Social Work England registration and prior to commencing your ASYE.

Through our Social Care Academy Medway offers NQSWs a unique ASYE programme above and beyond the basic requirements as set out by the DfE. Dedicated monthly training follows the Journey of the Child to ensure that by the end of the ASYE all NQSWs have knowledge and experience in all aspects of Children’s Safeguarding. Group Supervision helps NQSWs learn from each other’s experiences and training is provided by the Advanced Practitioners, internal trainers, Partner Agencies, and, crucially, Service Users. The Medway ASYE is based on the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Child and Family Social Workers in preparation for the upcoming National Assessment and Accreditation Service.

Upon completion of the ASYE programme you will receive a retention payment of £2,000. Beyond the ASYE Medway offers a programme for Continual Professional Development including accredited training courses, Graded Care Profile, Signs of Safety, Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS), Foundations of Practice training sessions, which will ensure a high standard of CPD. We have formed a Teaching Partnership with local universities and KCC which will ensure that our training is based on current academic theory and that our social workers can mix an element of academia with their practice throughout their career.

This role requires you to be a newly qualified social worker (graduated within the past 2 years) with experience of working with children and families from your student social work placement. You will need to be Social Work England registered (or eligible once qualified) and ready to commence your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) in October 2020 and hold a recognised social work qualification. You will require a Full driving license (valid for use in the UK) and access to a car inclusive of car insurance for Business Use.

Medway welcomes applicants from both BA and MA university cohorts.

If you would like to have an informal discussion about the role please contact the ASYE coordinator Tabitha Nelson or Principal Social Worker Amanda Mathur at

Closing Date – 27th May 2020

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

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to attend a virtual assessment comprising of a presentation, written task and interview.

This role will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure and if shortlisted a form will be posted prior to interview for completion. We will not undertake the check if you are not successful in being appointed.

Please note - previously unsuccessful candidates need not re-apply.

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 Children's Recruitment Team on

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