Newly Qualified Social Workers - Children’s Services

Job specification

Location: Swindon


Salary:£29,900 p.a.

Closing date:28/02/2021

Job reference:005010

Interview date:17&19/03/2021

Date posted:15/02/2021

Children's social care is about changing lives. It has the ability not just to improve the circumstances of vulnerable children, but also to transform them completely. We want every child in the Borough, whatever their background, whatever their age, whatever their ethnicity or gender, to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

We want to deliver truly excellent services to children and families, through One Children Service, that is Consistently Good Every Day. A crucial ingredient is a highly skilled and expert children's social care workforce. This task draws on skills from a range of professions both within social care and from other services. We have already taken great steps forward in our development and our children's social care service is fully integrated with children’s health services, and works alongside other specialist professionals. We have made the investment in this integration of services for one very simple reason. By removing the operational barriers associated with the deployment of separately focused teams, we are able to work cooperatively and holistically to provide the best possible outcomes for the vulnerable children and families we work with.

We have recently launched the Social Work & Leadership Academy. The Academy has been created to celebrate the best in professional practice in Social Work and Social Care Leadership. The Academy represents an opportunity for Swindon Borough Council to demonstrate how we support, develop and value the professional disciplines in Social Work and Social Care through a targeted framework of career development and learning opportunities.

We want to bring the best and brightest into social work and give them the training and development they need to succeed in this highly complex work. We want to make sure that children's social care services are places where excellent social workers is nurtured and talents of social workers are harnessed to the full.

To this end, we are seeking newly qualified social workers who, over the period of their ASYE, will work closely with an experienced Social Worker who will provide them with dedicated development, mentoring and support in relation to the cases assigned to them by their host social work team. In addition, to the support of our Social Work Practice Learning Coordinator who facilitates the delivery of our ASYE. On successful completion of your ASYE, your status will be Qualified Social Worker and your salary increased to £32,231 per annum.

If you believe you have the skills and potential to be a part of our journey, then we want to hear from you. You should be registered or be in a position to register with the Social Work England before a potential commencement date in post of July 2020. Having undertaken placements in a children's social work statutory setting and/or have experience of working with children and families in other sectors. This is an essential requirement to commence in the role.

Our offer to you:

£3000 “golden hello” payment after 1 years’ service

Retention payments of £2000 after completing 2 years’ service and a further £2000 after 3 years’ service

Relocation allowance of up to £8,000 (eligibility criteria)

Competitive salaries

Free car parking at our central Swindon campus

A career average revalued earnings (CARE) pension scheme

25 days holiday (plus bank holidays) rising to 30 days after 10 years’ service

Leisure and Legal Services discounts

Eating Out, Shopping and Entertainment discounts

“Happy to talk Flexible working”

    Candidates must be fluent in the English language (as a requirement of Part 7 of the Immigration Act – for the effective performance of a customer-facing role).

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    Application closing date: 28th February 21