Social Worker (Experienced level) - Assessment Team

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: £36,110 - £39,532 per annum + benefits
Location: Broadside, Leviathan Way, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4LL
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 02/08/2020 at 23:55 PM
Reference: CSC023AS

This is an exciting time to join our Children’s Social Care Service and be part of our improvement journey.  We have realigned into specialist services and increased staffing capacity to ensure our staff feel supported to achieve the best outcomes for our children, young people and families. 

We have also invested in our learning and development offer, launched a new career progression framework and are in the process of embedding Signs of Safety as our relationship based practice model. 

As an experienced social worker in our Assessment Team you will work with children and families in a variety of diverse and complex contexts.   We promote joint working to share risk assessment and enable different perspectives while providing intervention as early as possible during the assessment.  We have strong links with partners in Early Help and universal services to ensure we provide the right service, for the right children, at the right time. 

You will be able to demonstrate and model good practice that reflects a commitment to relationship and strengths-based practice, working collaboratively with children and their families. You will also be experienced in undertaking direct work with children and young people and be able to evidence understanding of the child’s lived experience.  Excellent written and verbal skills together with strong assessment and analytical skills are essential. 

If you are a registered social worker with 2 years’ post qualifying experience, and are passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and young people we would like to hear from you. 

In addition to the annual salary, we are proud to offer an excellent benefits package including - 

  • Market Premia Payment of £2,500 per annum (paid monthly)
  • Retention Payment of £3,000 per annum (paid annually)
  • Career progression scheme to support your pathway of professional development
  • Essential User Allowance with option to transfer to Lease Car after 6 months
  • Excellent local government pension scheme
  • Free car parking
  • Access to a Surface Pro and mobile phone, to support flexible working
  • Access to a confidential information, advice and counselling service
  • Relocation allowance of up to £8,000 

For an informal discussion please contact Ingrid Crisan, Head of Service for Children’s Social Work Team on 01634 331505 or email cscrecruitment@medway.gov.uk

Your application will be reviewed as soon as you reply.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview via Microsoft Teams.

This post is subject to an enhanced Children’s DBS check.

Candidates must have a valid driving licence for use in the UK and have access to a vehicle for work purposes.

How to apply

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.