Children's Social Workers - Looked After Children (LAC) and Court and Permanency Team
Salary details: Up to £39,890 (includes basic salary of £37,107 + an annual retention payment of £2,783) & excellent benefits
Key benefits – Why work for Rotherham?
ABOUT THE DUTY SERVICE
Rotherham is striving to become a child friendly borough – as such we are caring and committed to improving outcomes for our children. We have an ambitious programme of improvement and we are determined to provide good quality assessment and support to ensure our children and young people are helped to achieve their full potential and better outcomes in life.
We are working with children, families and our partners, for Rotherham’s Children’s Services to be rated outstanding by 2018;
Children and young people are healthy and safe from harm
Children and young people start school ready to learn for life
Children, young people and their families are ready for the world of work
This will mean our children, young people and families are proud to live and work in Rotherham
We will deliver on our promise to our children – will you?
The Duty Service is made up of 5 teams who undertake assessments on new referrals across the Borough. The service operates a 5 week duty rota and each team spends one week on duty, allowing the 4 following weeks to complete assessments and other tasks associated. As the team manage all incoming assessments, this will include S47 investigations; initiating care proceeding; accommodating children; private law reports; risk assessments; pre-birth assessments; Legal gateway meetings following PLO processes. Work is varied and complex.
This post is specifically for experienced Social Workers in the Duty Service.
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.
You will have experience of working with children in need.
You will be confident about carrying out risk assessments.
You will be able to organise your daily workload independently.
You will have presented evidence in court.
You will have experience of carrying out safeguarding investigations in a multi-agency environment.
You will be able to demonstrate initiative and be able to respond independently to unexpected situations.
You will be able to negotiate tactfully when dealing with potential conflict.
You will be capable of accurate reporting and the communication of sometimes complex information to a variety of audiences.
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.