West Berkshire Council

Current Vacancies at West Berkshire Council

Social Worker (Children in Care Team) Full time

Vacancy Summary
West Berkshire Council
Up to £47,418 per annum (including a market supplement of £6k) (Grade HI)
Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
28/07/2024 at 23:59
Vacancy Description

Are you a dedicated and passionate Social Worker looking for a new opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children and families? West Berkshire Council is seeking a motivated individual to join our Children in Care team as a Social Worker.

As a Social Worker, you will be responsible for:

  • Undertaking assessments and providing support to children and families in need
  • Developing and implementing care plans to ensure the well-being of children
  • Collaborating with partner agencies to coordinate and deliver appropriate services
  • Conducting safeguarding investigations and taking necessary actions to protect children
  • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date records in accordance with relevant legislation and 

To excel in this role, you should possess the following skills and attributes:

  • A recognised Social Work qualification and registration with Social Work England
  • Experience in working within a statutory social work setting, preferably within children and family services
  • Sound knowledge of relevant legislation, policies, and procedures
  • Strong assessment and analytical skills, with the ability to make informed decisions - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, enabling effective engagement with children, families, and professionals
  • The ability to work autonomously and manage a demanding workload

Our offer to you

A competitive salary alongside a range of benefits including:

  • Flexible Working: West Berkshire has adopted a Hybrid Working Policy, which allows employees to split their time between attending the workplace and working remotely
  • Social Work England registration fees reimbursed
  • Dedicated employee wellbeing service with Employee Assistance Programme offering a great range of discounts at a variety of retailers, services and everyday spending.
  • Regular and high quality reflective supervision.
  • Approachable and visible senior leadership
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Generous annual leave allowance, plus an additional 5 days leave after 5 years continuous local authority service
  • Relocation package for individuals moving from outside a 30 mile radius (subject to eligibility)
  • Blue Light card fees reimbursed

All roles are subject to an annual banding pay review until the top of the pay grade is reached (following successfully passing probation) All roles will be eligible for the annual national pay award.

Please note that the closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive sufficient applications for the role. Therefore, if you are interested, please submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment. 

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Finnuala Buttimer on 07775825810 or email Finnuala.Buttimer@westberks.gov.uk.

West Berkshire has a visa sponsorship license and is therefore able to offer sponsorship through the skilled worker route. Due to West Berkshire’s size and high number of applications from International social workers, applications will only be accepted in September 2024.  Please note that the certificate of sponsorship alone is not a visa: an individual will still need to apply for and receive their visa to have the Right to Work in the UK.

Equal Opportunities

The Council supports Equal Opportunity of employment, and positively encourages applications from people who fall within any of the nine protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

How to apply

Please now complete a short online application form. You will then be able to upload your CV, if you do not have a CV please download our full application form below, complete and upload that instead.

This role has been identified as public facing in accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016; the requirement to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English applies.

West Berkshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share these values. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. Successful candidates will be offered employment subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks along with other relevant employment checks.

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