Social Worker/Experienced Social Worker - Assessment

Contract type: Permanent

Location: Chatham, Kent

Salary: Up to £40796 per annum (inclusive of market premia)

Application Deadline:20 Feb 2019

Working Pattern: Full Time
Hours: 37 hours per week.
DBS Check: Enhanced

Please note that this is a rolling campaign and shortlisting will be undertaken on a regular basis.

Up to £40796 per annum (inclusive of market premia)

Plus £2000 per annum retention payment (payable after 2 years service in Medway), the option of a Lease Car or Essential User allowance and up to £6000 towards relocation.

We are recruiting social workers/experienced social workers in our Assessment pods within the First Response Service to help us achieve the best possible outcomes for children, young people and families.

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.

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For an informal discussion please contact Kelly Cogger, Area Social Work Manager on 01634 335618 or Ian Smith, Head of Safeguarding on 01634 337302.

Closing Date for applications is 20th February 2019

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