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Senior Social Worker (Leaving Care)

Vacancy Summary
West Berkshire Council
£33,799-£39,782 per annum, grade J
West Street House
Working Pattern:
Full Time
37 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
28/05/2019 at 23:59 PM
Vacancy Description

West Berkshire’s, 16 plus and Care Leaver’s Team has a rare opportunity to recruit a Qualified Senior Social Worker to join our dedicated team.

The 16 + Care leavers team is committed to improving outcomes for those young people in our care and those who leave care. We are seeking a Senior Social Worker with at least 2 years post qualifying experience, who is organised, highly motivated, emotionally resilient and skilled in communicating with adolescence, teenagers and young adults. You should have knowledge of the issues faced by care leavers and experience of undertaking court work, assessments and planning effective interventions.

The successful candidate will work with Looked after Children, Children Leaving Care and Children in Need which will include young people who are Unaccompanied Asylum Seekers. As a senior practitioner there will be an element of duty and management deputising, reflective supervision and training and development of the team members.

You will hold a complex case load of looked after young people from 16 upwards and some young people beyond 18 in a Personal Advisor role as appropriate. You will be required to fulfil statutory duties on behalf of the service. The post involves working holistically with young people to develop independence into adult life as part of a Pathway Plan, as well as general social work and case management duties, team initiatives and projects.

This is an opportunity to develop reflective supervision skills and Applicants should be registered with the HCPC.
This role will involve driving and transporting children so owning your own vehicle is essential, occasional out of hours working is necessary.

West Berkshire Council offer excellent employment benefits such as flexible working, access to a wide range of relevant training, local government pension scheme, family friendly policies, a range of local discounts and much more. You will also be entitled to a generous annual leave entitlement of 28 days per annum rising to a maximum of 33 days, depending on length of service and grade of role.

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.

If you hold a Social Work qualification and have the necessary drive and enthusiasm to work in our team, then we would like to hear from you.

For an informal discussion, contact Rachel Palin Team Manager on 01635 503115.

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.

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