Oxfordshire County Council

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Oxfordshire County Council is committed to children’s social care and backs this with significant investment. In Oxfordshire we’re transforming the way we help our frontline social workers support children and families.

At a time when many local authorities are seeing financial cuts, Oxfordshire is seeing significant investments into children’s social care, specifically for frontline services and the implementation of a new Family Safeguarding Plus Model. Our priority is to reduce caseloads and paper work to allow staff to spend more time with children and families who are at the heart of everything we do. 

We have recently invested in training all our teams in Restorative Practice and Motivational Interviewing.   A Restorative Practice approach can be used in every context within social work, the skills and language you will learn can be used in your day-to-day interactions with colleagues, partners, members of the public, family members, children and young people.

It is important to us that we ensure that our staff feel valued and invested in, by honouring and recognising their commitment, hard work and successes. We understand the impact of trauma on staff and want to promote a culture of wellbeing and organisational resilience, where people are supported and enabled to do their work and flourish.

Social Care Academy

Unlike some academies, our Social Care Academy is for everyone; from students wanting to enter the profession and those who are newly-qualified, to experienced practitioners and those aiming to become managers and leaders of the future.  Our Social Care Academy is designed to make Oxfordshire a centre of excellence for children’s social care, improve outcomes for children and families and make it a place where social workers can excel and grow – just like our two Deputy Directors who started as a social worker and as a team manager at Oxfordshire. You can find out more here:  https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/council/working-oxfordshire-county-council/working-childrens-social-care/social-care-academy

ASYE programme

Our comprehensive ASYE programme offers newly qualified social workers a high-quality induction and probation programme that provides plenty of opportunity to build on the learning acquired whilst studying for their degree in social work. Our programme has been nationally recognised by Skills for Care. You can find out more about our ASYE here: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/council/working-oxfordshire-county-council/working-childrens-social-care/assessed-and-supported-year

We know that working in children’s social care can be an absolute pleasure and privilege, whilst also acknowledging the challenges. We are committed to ensuring that our social care workforce has the right support physically and emotionally to enable them to be safe and well in their work and to continue providing high quality support to children and families.

Our benefits for Social Workers include:

- Manageable caseloads in a service rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. Not only is it important that you love what you do, but it’s also important to be able to manage your workload and devote the right amount of attention to each case. Being one of 16 authorities rated ‘good’ by Ofsted, as a Social Worker, you get the support you need.

- Flexible working. We do all we can to ensure that every one of our employees has a healthy work-life balance. Our agile working policy means you can work across council sites or from home to suit your needs and we support flexible working hours. You will be provided with a laptop, mobile phone and Skype for Business to facilitate agile working.

- Competitive pay and holiday. We know that as a social worker, you do an invaluable job. We offer competitive pay and a generous holiday allowance starting at 29 days per year (plus bank holidays) to help demonstrate how much we value the work you do. We also offer an annual leave purchase scheme.

- Relocation expense. We know moving is expensive, so we offer £8,000 financial assistance towards property deposits and to ‘grease the wheels’ of the removal van.

- A caring and supportive culture. We are passionate about keeping people safe, well and independent, whilst making a positive contribution. We host regular listening events and have a well at work scheme, which focuses on health and wellbeing. There’s also a social presence, with yoga classes, sports teams and more.

- Professional sabbaticals . To encourage and develop excellent practice at Oxfordshire, we offer ‘professional sabbaticals’ of up to six weeks for social workers in our Family Solutions Plus teams to undertake a research project in an area of practice that needs further development. This allows social workers the time for to undertake in-depth research and explore how the findings can be implemented within our services, continuing the cycle of constant improvement and development within our team.

- Other benefits include: Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, staff discount scheme for a range of retailers, holidays, insurance, restaurants, health & leisure activities and rail travel. We also offer a generous pension package of up to 20% employer contribution.

Benefits:  https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/council/working-oxfordshire-county-council/working-childrens-social-care/childrens-social-workers

Latest jobs: https://careers.newjob.org.uk/OCC/go/Oxfordshire-County-Council-Childrens-Social-Care/1434201/

Working in Children’s Services in Oxfordshire: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/council/working-oxfordshire-county-council/working-childrens-social-care

Visit us on Stand 15 at the COMPASS Jobs Fair, Birmingham to find out more about how the Family Safeguarding Plus model will positively impact on the workload of our Social Workers, learn more about our fantastic AYSE offering and speak to members of our Children’s Services team to find out what it’s like working with us in Oxfordshire!


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