Newly Qualified Children’s Social Worker

Employer: Medway Council
Salary: £29,124 per annum
Location: Broadside, Leviathan Way, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4LL
Contract: Contract
Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced
Closing Date: 09/05/2019 at 12:00 PM
Reference: CH004LS

Medway Children’s Safeguarding welcome applications for the next cohort of Newly Qualified Social Workers for the 2019-20 Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE) programme to commence in September 2019. 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.

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 Principal Social Workers, Partner Agencies, External Trainers 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.

Social Workers in Medway Children’s Safeguarding have a high degree of support, with only four social workers under each pod manager. The pods hold weekly group supervision ensuring that they are familiar with their colleagues’ cases, the better to support each other. Medway’s preferred model is Systemic Social Work (in partnership with the Centre for Systemic Social Work) and have adopted the Strengthening Families Approach. We have chosen these as the theoretical basis of our practice to maximise the chances for vulnerable children to remain with their birth families through improving their family life.

Beyond the ASYE Medway offers a programme for Continual Professional Development including accredited training courses such as Systemic Practice, Graded Care Profile, Strengthening Families, Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS), Foundations of Practice, and Solution Focused Practice, and many others 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 placement. You will need to be HCPC registered (or eligible once qualified) and ready to commence your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) in September 2019 and hold a recognised social work qualification. You will require a Full driving licence (valid for use in the UK) and access to a car inclusive of car insurance for Business Use.

Closing Date 7th May 2019

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

Shortlisting will be held during 8th - 10th May 2019

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 14th May 2019 and invited to attend a one day assessment centre, consisting of an observed role play, written assessment and interview during week commencing 10th June 2019.

Successful candidates will be contacted by 21st June 2019.

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.

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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