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Social Worker – Duty – Wigan

Wigan, Greater Manchester, UK Temporary, Full Time £30 - £30 per hour

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

This requirement is for a number of agency Social Workers to join their Duty Team.

The Duty Team Social Worker is responsible for the completion of Child and Family Assessments and Section 47 enquiries, including attendance at strategy meetings. Social Workers will be expected to undertake some Child in Need work. The transfer points for the team include at first CIN meeting for complex CIN work, ICPC and at First Hearing.

Accordingly the SW will be expected to prepare Initial Conference Reports and on occasions initiate proceedings and complete the Social Work Evidence Template.

How the team is shaped;

The teams are managed by a Team Manager and supported by an Advanced Practitioner.

The teams have seven Social Workers and accordingly there is a good level of management support and oversight.

A monthly supervision policy is in place and practitioner are expected to prepare in advance for supervision.

Caseload numbers;

An experienced Social Worker can expect to have no more than twenty-five children on their caseload.

There is an expectation that assessments are completed efficiently are based on robust and proportionate information and sound analysis.

Signs of Safety is the underpinning practice operating model.

How your teams are working through the pandemic;

During Covid, agile working has been implemented with staff working from home.

All visits are risk assessed to determine the appropriate method of contacting and working with children and their family.


This is a full time requirement [37hrs/week], on a on-going contract, with the potential to join the end client on a permanent basis if that is desirable.

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.
  • Have the ability to 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.
  • Have the ability to 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.

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 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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