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Social Worker – Children In Need

Warrington Temporary, Full Time £35 - £35 per hour

Ashberry Recruitment are currently recruiting for a number of agency Children Service Social Workers to join our client, Warrington Borough Council.

This requirement is for a number of Social Workers to join their Children In Need Team/Service.

It’s an exciting time to be joining Children Social Care Team’s in Warrington as they are embedding relationship based practice and are graded ‘Good’ in their Ofsted inspection.

Warrington have six Child in Need Team’s in their Service, with six great Team Managers who are eager to support and develop all social workers alongside the teams senior practitioners.

Why you may want to consider Warrington Borough Council for your next agency Social Work opportunity:

Located in the centre of Warrington so easily accessible from the M6 & M62. They have recently moved to a new building in Time Square, this is a great work space with hubs and pods which will provide a great environment to work in, furthermore, with cafes and restaurants on the doorstep.

In addition, as a result of the pandemic we have reviewed our working practices and now offer significant opportunities to work from home for those who wish too.

Agency staff are valued, respected and supported as key additions to our service. As well as you supporting us, we will be equally as keen to provide you opportunities to support your development.

There are a range of exciting and impactful developments in Warrington that our social workers can utilise in supporting families, including:

1. No wrong door – a multi-agency hub where young people at risk of going into care get targeted support to cope with the multiple issues they face.

2. Families first (which includes Family Group Conference Co-ordinators, PAMS assessors and family support workers).

3. A family time service (to assist in arranging and supervising the time that our children in care spend with their families).

4. Restore – a service designed to work with Mothers who are pregnant and have children previously moved, with the aim of reducing repeat removals.

5. Administrative team – the team are able to assist with taking minutes of meetings, scanning documents onto the system and other administrative tasks.

What our client is looking for:

We are looking for committed social workers who are passionate about supporting families to achieve change, should they be Children in Need, Child Protection or Children in Care.

We also have thrive off good multiagency working and relationships and have excellent support services available to assist with supporting families.

Here in Warrington we are proud to be graded Good in all areas in our 2019 Ofsted inspection. Which says;-

“Most social workers are permanent and experienced employees. This is complemented by a continuous supply of both recently qualified and qualifying social workers, who unanimously endorse the high standard of support and early career development provided by the local authority. Social workers’ morale across the service is high, and they are realising the benefits of smaller teams, continuous allocation to children, manageable caseloads and the considerable investment in their training and development. Social workers also appreciate the importance given to their emotional well-being and welfare through regular ‘check-ins’.”

We have a strong vision for social work practice in Warrington and are developing a new approach to social work. We are currently embedding a relationship based practice model that has systemic practice at its core. We are working alongside the Centre for Systemic Social Work, who are providing a comprehensive training programme to social workers and managers across our teams.

In Warrington we want all children and families to benefit from high quality and purposeful relationships with professionals. We believe this will help create the best opportunities for people to change and reach their full potential. We also believe one of the most effective ways to improve the outcomes for children and families is through providing our social workers with the best conditions in which they can thrive.

So if you want to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people with relationship based practice at the heart of everything we do and develop great relationships, then come and join us in Warrington where we are passionate about our work with children and families. We have high aspirations for our children and welcome those who share our ambition.

Starts are available for ASAP and with Covid the role is currently based at home

Interviews will be held remotely/virtually.

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 generally 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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