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Social Worker - Family Safeguarding

Vacancy Summary
West Berkshire Council
£26,470-£35,229 per annum, grade H-I
West Street House
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
31/12/2018 at 23:59 PM
Vacancy Description

Major investment secured for a ground-breaking model of working!

Do you have the skills, vision, enthusiasm and drive we are looking for to help establish multi agency teams to provide intensive support to families?

Following a grant from the Department for Education's Innovation Programme West Berkshire Council is rolling out Hertfordshire’s ground-breaking Family Safeguarding Model (FSM) (which achieved a 49% reduction in the number of children with Child Protection plans) bringing together a co-located, multi-agency team with colleagues specialising in substance misuse, adult mental health, domestic abuse and access to clinical psychologists to address the issues that place children at risk of harm. This Family Safeguarding Team will be fully trained to deliver support to families using a technique called Motivational Interviewing which has a methodology of coaching at its core. Motivational Interviewing skills are a key element of FSM and will provide a framework for practice for all staff in the Family Safeguarding Teams and all staff in the Children and Family Services in West Berkshire.

As a qualified social worker, you will be working at the forefront of best practice to deliver first class support to vulnerable children and families. This will include managing a complex and diverse caseload. You must have excellent written and verbal skills as you will need to prepare and deliver reports to conferences and court hearings. You will need at least one year’s frontline experience as well as completion of your ASYE and have substantial knowledge of childcare legislation and experience of conducting assessments as well as presenting care plans to conferences and reviews. You must be passionate about working with families to achieve the best outcome and be a competent and proactive team player to support the smooth running and working of the service.

West Berkshire sits on the crossroads of two key roads; the M4 and the A34. These offer quick access across southern England with London, Reading, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol, Oxford and Swindon all within an hour's drive of the area. It is a diverse area incorporating the best features of town and attractive countryside. Our staff are our greatest asset and you will receive regular supervision; have access to excellent training to develop your professional skills and interests.

We are committed to getting it right for children and young people - we have great staff doing amazing work, and we believe in investing in people to develop their skills and knowledge to achieve their full potential.

BBCSouth today recently featured West Berkshires Family safeguarding service, please follow the link:

Family Safeguarding BBC  

We believe in investing in people to develop their skills and knowledge in order to achieve their full potential. West Berkshire Council understand the importance of a manageable caseload therefore are working towards for frontline Social Workers to have 12-14 children each.

"Social workers feel well supported by their managers. Children and young people benefit greatly from consistency in their relationships with social workers." Ofsted 2017

Ofsted Inspection of services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers – May 2017.

All applicants must be qualified with current HCPC registration. A full driving licence is essential because of the rural nature of the district. Our main offices are based in Newbury and the outskirts of Reading.

This role has been identified as public facing in accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2017; the requirement to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in English applies.

To find out more about the Family Safeguarding Model of working contact Jacqui Keohane on (01635) 503120. 

For more information on working for West Berkshire Council's Children and Family Services a 'Good' authority, visit www.westberks.gov.uk/socialwork

For more information on the Family Safeguarding model visit http://www.hertsfamilysafeguarding.co.uk/

Salary is £26,470-£35,229 per annum + £15K retention bonus payable after 3 years in post. All Social Work staff in these teams also have access to a 3 month sabbatical after 3 years in posts (8 weeks paid and 4 weeks banked leave).

Visit www.westberks.gov.uk/socialwork for more information about our benefits and support package, but also to find out from our social workers and managers why West Berkshire is a great place to live and work. Also why not sign up to our Children and Family Services Social Care Talent Pool on https://talentpool.jobsgopublic.com/westberkshire/social-care/profile. West Berkshire Council has exciting vacancies arising all the time. Rather than you having to search for them yourself, signing up to the Talent Pool means they come to you!

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 complete an online application form.

This role requires the incumbent to have a car available at work to undertake his/her duties as they will be expected to undertake at least 1500 business miles per year. Essential Car User status attracts a lump sum allowance paid on a monthly basis as well as a free car parking space if he/she works at one of the Council’s corporate buildings.

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.