Social Worker/Experienced Social Worker – Assessment

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: Up to £38,296 per annum
Location: Chatham, Kent
Contract: Permanent
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 17/03/2019 at 23:55 PM
Reference: C1284LS
  • Market premia payment of £2,000 per annum (social worker)/£2,500 per annum Experienced Social Worker
  • Retention Payment of £2,000 per annum (after 2 years’ service in post)
  • Option of a Lease Car or Essential User allowance
  • Relocation expenses of up to £6,000 per annum


We are recruiting social workers/experienced social workers to join our Assessment pods within the First Response Service.

You will be responsible for working and managing a caseload within a framework of appropriate supervision, dependent upon the complexities of the cases and your experience.

As a registered social worker with HCPC you will have experience of undertaking direct work with children and young people, together with the ability to evidence understanding of the child’s lived experience. You will also be able to recognise and evaluate risk to children and have a sound understanding of legislation and statutory guidance relevant to children’s services.

Our assessment pods are led by a Practice Manager with five social workers, one of whom may be newly qualified. 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.

Through our career progression scheme you will have the opportunity to progress your career within Medway. You will have access to a comprehensive core and advanced skills programme through our award winning social work academy.   We have also formed a partnership with the Centre for Systemic Social Work to provide comprehensive and accredited systemic training to support our social workers achieve the best experience of relationship based social work for our children and families.

We have also made significant investment in new technology, providing all our social workers with a Microsoft Surface Pro and mobile phone to support mobile working.

Medway is at the heart of the Thames Gateway, only 30 miles from central London and has excellent transport links. A modern place, surrounded by award winning rural areas and rich heritage and an abounding cultural offering makes Medway a fantastic place to live and work.

To arrange an informal discussion with our Head of Service or Area Social Work Manager about this role please contact Charley Day on 01634 332041.

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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