Social Worker/Experienced Social Worker - Safeguarding

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: C1285LS
  • 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 Safeguarding Service.

As a registered social worker with HCPC you will have experience of undertaking direct work with children and young people and be able 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 safeguarding pods consist of a Practice Manager and 4 social workers. You will hold an average caseload of 18 cases depending upon complexity, have access to dedicated business support, individual and reflective team supervision and an advanced practitioner. Our cases transfer to the pods after an assessment and then remain in the pods which mean you will have a variety of cases from children in need, child protection, court work and looked after children.

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.

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.

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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