Advanced Social Work Practitioner
Salary details: Up to £43,061 (includes basic salary of £40,057 + an annual retention payment of £3,004) and excellent benefits
The Disability Team would like to appoint:
These are key roles that offer the right candidates exciting opportunities to develop their careers with Rotherham Council Children and Young People’s Service. Help us to achieve our ambition to become outstanding and be part of our improvement journey and the transformational changes that we are making.
Key benefits – Why work for Rotherham?
ABOUT THE TEAM
Rotherham is striving to become a child-friendly borough – as such we are caring and committed corporate parents to all children in our care. In Rotherham we have a dedicated service for children and young people with disabilities. We recognise the importance of providing a highly specialised service from the first point of social work contact, and throughout the child’s journey including undertaking work with looked after children and preparation for adoption.
This dedicated and passionate team use a range of communication tools, from iPads to Makaton to ensure that the child’s voice is heard throughout their journey. The Team endeavour to create a learning culture, working with children with disabilities as part of a multi-agency SEND hub. The team is based alongside specialist education and health services and undertake work as part of a multi-disciplinary team around the child.
The team are supported by a specialist disability family support team who support Social Work intervention by providing targeted interventions, an early help service and a Short Breaks and brokerage service.
The team structure has a Service Manager with three Team Managers. The Social Work Managers manage a team of 5 social workers ranging from Newly Qualified to Advanced Practitioner, so you know the level of support and supervision provided will be second to none.
Refreshed with new leadership, providing a strong focus for children and improving the quality of the service, there has never been a better time to join the team. We are passionate about championing the needs of children and young people with disabilities and are determined to ensure that their voices are always heard and taken into account.
We will deliver on this promise to children and young people with disabilities – will you?
ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY
With new leadership in place and a heartfelt pledge to provide a best practice centre of excellence, we are committed to cultivating a positive, performance-led culture underpinned by plenty of support at all levels. Increasing the number of our teams and upgrading our systems we have reduced caseloads and paperwork, giving our staff more time to dedicate to building relationships that matter. We are confident that you will be joining an organisation that is rewarding in every sense. And most importantly, that will serve our community to the highest possible standards.
Our social worker positions are career graded so there is a clear pathway as you progress through the bands. As you move up you will meet increasing levels of responsibility, complexity of work and a higher emotional demand. We will offer support every step of the way, and our Practitioner Board provides a formal platform to share views and concerns with the service as a whole.
We have invested in training programmes and set out a clear career development pathway. From continuing your professional development with ongoing, practical training, to reaching senior management levels, at Rotherham there is a definite ladder to be climbed for those with talent and ambition. In return we are looking for a real commitment to making a difference to the children and families in need of our care. Please note, we also have a vacancy for a Disability Team Manager which we are currently advertising in a separate advert.
You will have experience of working with children with disabilities
You will have knowledge and application of relevant legislation, guidance and procedures
You will have knowledge of evidence based best practice standards and Ofsted’s ‘good’ grade descriptors
You will have experience of providing children’s services in a statutory social work setting
You will have experience of care planning and reviewing arrangements for looked after children
You will have the ability to build a rapport and develop a relationship with children and young people with disabilities, including ascertaining views, wishes and feelings and undertaking direct work
You will be able to work in partnership with parents and carers
You will be able to work together with multi-agency partners, particularly in relation to education and health services
You will be passionate about maximising a child’s life chances
You will care
If you have any questions regarding the roles please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
This post involves working with children and therefore if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at an enhanced level. Further information about the Disclosure Scheme can be found at www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
This post operates under a Career Grade/Grading Assessment Scheme, with starting salary and progression through the grades being linked to experience, qualifications and level of work being undertaken.