A bit about us
Somerset County Council have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Social Worker to join our Sedgemoor Safeguarding teams, based in Bridgwater. The key purpose of the role is to improve the outcomes for our most vulnerable young people and families in Somerset to encourage positive change.
As we continue to roll out the Family Safeguarding model, you will be able to access intervention and advice from adult-focussed practitioners in the specialist areas of substance misuse, domestic abuse, and mental health, working within our teams, to inform assessments and plans.
Alongside our roll out of the Family Safeguarding model, our Wider Safeguarding teams continue to develop an expertise with physical and sexual harm factors that impact on young people in their family homes and in their community settings. Our Wider Safeguarding teams also work to support parents with learning disabilities.
Here’s what you can expect to be doing
Here in Somerset, our manageable caseloads let you be the innovative and creative social worker you want to be – direct work with children and young people to hear their voice and understand their experiences. You will work with parents and the wider family network to support them to tackle problems and change interactions and behaviours. With permanent Team Managers and a permanent stable senior leadership team, you’ll be well supported with regular and reflective supervision.
What we can offer you…
- Generous annual leave and flexible working options, including the option to work a 9 day fortnight
- Local Government pension scheme
- Optional pension enhancement through our additional voluntary contribution scheme
- Employee assistance and support offering a variety of wellbeing services to support a healthy work/life balance and lifestyle
- A flexible benefits platform including cycle to work and health screening schemes
- ‘My staff shop’ which offers excellent discounts at a variety of retailers including cinemas, restaurants, clothing stores and insurance providers
- Gym discounts
- Discounted lease car options via salary sacrifice, along with discounts on fuel
- Generous relocation allowance
A few things about you
What we’re looking for…
You will be passionate about relationship-based social work, proud of your profession, and able to reflect and think creatively about how you can build relationships to make a difference to children and families. You will need to be a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England and have substantial experience working with children and families in social work.
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, within a friendly team who are passionate about the work that they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We are continuing to develop our use of motivational interviewing to support families with identifying opportunities for change and working to achieve and sustain this alongside them, with the support of our multi-agency partners. We’re supporting flexible working arrangements and our offices meet the Covid-19 Secure standards.. Up-to-date technology is provided to help you stay connected to your team and manager through virtual meetings, team check-ins and service sessions.
The team for the Sedgemoor are based in Bridgwater House in Bridgwater, although we are very open to flexible working options. You will need to hold a full driving licence and have access to your own vehicle as travel is required.
Due to the importance of the role we recommend applying as soon as possible. Depending on the level of response, we anticipate conducting interviews ahead of the closing date.
For an informal chat about roles within our assessment team please contact Annabelle Sargeant – email@example.com.
In this customer facing role you will be required to speak Fluent English.
Please note this post requires a criminal check via the disclosure procedure.