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Agency Social Worker – Systemic Team

Blackburn Temporary, Full Time £38 - £41 per hour

Ashberry Recruitment are always recruiting for agency Social Workers, Senior Social Workers, Practice and Team Managers along with Support Workers for Social Work Teams and Services all across the Northwest of England.

This requirement is for an Agency Social Worker to join our client Blackburn with Darwen Council within their Systemic Team.


What our client says:

Blackburn’s Systemic Teams work cases from Assessment through to the conclusion of proceedings.

The Social Worker will hold a variety of CP, CIN and Court cases.

Current average caseloads are 18.

(We will also consider SWs looking for specific duty & assessment and/or longer-term CP roles)

The team is made up of a Team Manager, Deputy Team Manager, Advanced Practitioner and five Social Workers in each of 8 sub teams within the Systemic Service Area.

There are two Service Leader above the Team Managers, and then the Head of Service.

This is an easily accessible and friendly management team.

Hybrid remote working is facilitated, in agreement with the Team Manager and to meet the needs of the service, however there is an expectation to be office based during your duty week.


  • Free parking is available directly behind the office building
  • Monthly supervision is provided for all cases
  • Induction and training opportunities will match that of permanent employees
  • Stable permanent management team
  • Office based close to the town centre/services and networks
  • Modern smartphones and tablets/laptops are provided

We require our Social Workers to have:

  • A current SWE qualification
  • Full time availability Monday – Friday
  • Access to a car on a daily basis to complete face to face visits
  • Availability and willingness to be office based to meet the service needs, but this will be partly hybrid too
  • IT skills to work the Liquid Logic system, although experience of this system is not essential
  • Ability to prioritise workload, be a team player and have good communication
  • Strong references and a great work ethic
  • 5 years reference, gaps in employment history checked and relevant qualifications
  • Experience of at least 2 years post ASYE is essential.

The role will likely be for an initial 6 months with a potential to be extended further.

Ashberry Recruitment would ask that applicants meet the following:

  • DIPSW or equivalent qualification in Social Work and will be registered with Social Work England as a qualified Social Worker.
  • Have a full driving licence and car available for work along with business insurance.
  • Have an enhanced and in date DBS certificate.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to make good decisions based on the information available, ensuring effective relationships with other professionals.
  • Can work within and contribute to a team.
  • Possess knowledge of service needs for ethnic minority communities.
  • Have confident IT skills and be able to navigate an electronic file system.
  • Can write clear, concise, and robust reports.
  • Have a flexible approach to work and working hours when the need arises.
  • Contracts are full-time, but part time and flexible working hours may be considered. Contracts are normally offered over a 3-month period before rolling on for another 3 more months at a time.

With the current covid circumstances, there is home/remote/agile working available within a lot of these requirements along with suitable allocation of PPE.

Ashberry Recruitment have a team of specialist Social Work Consultants who are here to help you find your next contract and support you through your agency Social Work career.

Please contact Gavin our Senior Specialist Social Work Recruiter on 01282 525 510 or 01282 447729 should you like to discuss this vacancy or should you wish to discuss ANY other Social Work vacancies of any nature within the North of England and surrounding areas.

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