Social Worker/ Advanced Social worker - Transitions to Independence (Care Leavers)

Location: Badminton Road

Salary: £28,221 - £34,106 (Upper appointment subject top Advanced Level application and appointment) pro rata to hours employed.

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Employment Term:
Full time, Permanent
Working Pattern: Full time
Hours per week: 37
Job Category: Social Work
Vacancy ID: 103915
Post Number: CYP6303/903/CORP/JS

Further information

Social Worker or Advanced Social Worker - Transitions to Independence (Care Leavers) - 2 posts available

The post-holder will be responsible for managing a caseload of young people who are moving to independence following being in care. The worker will hold a combined caseload of young people who continue to have LAC status, together with some that are post-18. There will be a strong emphasis on continuity of care, and the post-holder will remain the case manager for the duration of the young person’s involvement with the service. 

The post-holder will be skilled in assessment and planning, and be able to engage with potentially a wide range of service providers, to ensure that young people’s needs are well met. The demands of the post will require the worker to be flexible and able to respond to crises as and when they arise. 

There will be a strong emphasis on service user involvement, and ensuring that the young person’s views are central to their own plan, and to the service they receive. 

The post-holder will require substantial knowledge of issues relevant to young people, and the additional challenges experienced by young people leaving care. 

Please note, a minimum of 2 years post qualification experience in a statutory social work setting is required. We are unable to consider applications from ASYE's at this time. Previous applicants need not apply.

Social Workers are usually initially appointed to the salary range: £28,221 - £30,756 however, if you already meet the Advanced Social Worker criteria we can appoint to the salary range: £31,401 - £34,106. In order to be considered for an Advanced post, please complete the attached Linked Scale Supplementary Application form and return this to  with the subject Supplementary Application followed by the post number on the advert. 

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Main Duties 

Carry out assessment of needs, providing advice and guidance to service users and their carers, in order to establish care plans where appropriate, ensuring that services are effective and meet legislation, regulations and codes of practice.

Review and monitor care plans and the quality of service provision, responding to changing needs and renegotiating service provision where appropriate.

Manage own caseloads or specific projects to ensure specialist inputs are obtained and effective outcomes achieved.

Support the delivery of designated areas of work by coordinating day to day operations and contributing to developing projects and processes.

Raise awareness of a range of care issues and their implications and carry out risk assessments where appropriate, in order to ensure that needs are assessed and appropriate action is taken.

Develop and evaluate reablement programmes as part of care packages ensuring that programmes to support independence are implemented.

Liaise and work with contacts from different sectors, including health and the voluntary sector, sometimes as part of a multi-disciplinary team, ensuring that communication is effective and that knowledge and best practice are shared.

Complete and present records and reports in accordance with professional and council guidelines. 

Take necessary action in accordance with Safeguarding procedures in order to protect vulnerable people.

Make recommendations for significant budget spend ensuring that maximum value is delivered for the resources deployed and contribute to budget management or directly manage a small designated budget. This will ensure that the maximum value is delivered for the resources deployed.

Selection Criteria 

To enable us to shortlist in a fair and unbiased way it is absolutely vital that you provide us with sufficient information to demonstrate how you meet or exceed the criteria outlined in the vacancy description. Please include this information in the knowledge, skills and experience section of the application form.

Pre-Screening Questions:

• Do you have a full driving license and access to a vehicle, insured for business use?

• Do you hold a professional qualification in social work or equivalent (eg DipSW, CQSW, CSS or NVQ 4)?

• Are you registered with HCPC?


• You will demonstrate knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice, processes and procedures.

• Knowledge and understanding of statutory social work with young people whom have been looked after.

• Experience and skills in working with young people in a statutory social work setting, whom have been looked after.

• You will have well developed interpersonal and communication skills to build relationships and engage successfully with colleagues and service users. In addition you will be able to demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills, particularly report writing; and the use of relevant IT systems.

• Exemplify the Council’s values and behaviours.

• You will have experience of managing financial packages to support young people towards independence.
• An understanding of the principals and application of the use of Signs of Safety / success with looked after children and care leavers.
If applying for Advanced Social Worker only: 
You will have a proven ability to supervise and allocate work to others, monitoring their performance and taking corrective action.

Additional Information

For further information after reading the job summary, please contact Chris Good Team Manager on 01454 866239.

This post will be based at the Badminton Road Offices, Yate

You will be required to maintain HCPC registration.

Please note that it is a requirement of employment that an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is obtained for this post. This means that you must declare any criminal convictions, cautions, reprimands or final warnings unless these are ‘protected’ as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) order 1975 (as amended in 2013). 

Safer Recruitment

South Gloucestershire is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety and welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
Our Values

As an employee of South Gloucestershire Council you will be expected to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adapt to the fast pace of change. You will strive to work well with others to reach a common goal and embrace a partnership and inclusive approach to delivering efficient and effective services. You will use your initiative to deliver and take responsibility for your performance to help the team, department and council to achieve its goals and make the best use of available knowledge, expertise and capacity in order to continuously improve the quality of services.

South Gloucestershire Council is committed to treating everyone fairly, to challenging inequalities and to promoting equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workforce.

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