We are looking for Qualified Assessment social workers who are passionate and enthusiastic to join us in improving outcomes for our most vulnerable young people and families in Somerset to encourage positive change. The hours are negotiable and flexible.
Somerset are committed to providing the support, training and development you will need to continue to improve your professional practice as a social worker.
You will be offered
• Small supportive teams
• Support to work from a strengths and relationship-based approach
• Regular high-quality systemic supervision and annual appraisals
• Flexible working arrangements
• Regular training and continuing development opportunities
In Assessment we have strong links with both our Family Intervention and Safeguarding (FIS) teams to ensure the transitions are as smooth as possible. Our social workers and team managers work tirelessly to ensure that thresholds have been met and that our service users are stepped up to safeguarding if a Child in Need, Child Protection or Children Looked After order is needed or down to our Family Intervention Service.
We embed a strong sense of team with weekly meetings with our practice colleagues with weekly debriefs, fortnightly group supervision and we ensure that we all take ownership of our improvement plan.
We build resilience in our social workers through reflective and supportive supervision and strong case management conferencing. Somerset staff morale is good, and management are committed to staff retention.
Extensive training and development opportunities are supported by weekly continuing professional development, and on-site additional management support from Consultant Social Workers, and Advanced Social Work Practitioner (AP) Programme with role specialism. The AP salary scale is £34,728 to £38,890 pa.
We promote flexible working within our assessment teams and will consider part time, 9-day fortnight and other flexible working approaches.
The team for the west of the county are based in County Hall in Taunton. As the county town transport links are great with access to the M5, less than two hours by train to London and 40 minutes drive in each direction to Bristol and Exeter.
Progressive, improving and innovative we offer competitive salaries and up to an £8k relocation allowance. Discover more benefits of working for Somerset County Council
For an informal chat about roles within our assessment team please contact Cathy Jones CZJones@somerset.gov.uk.
We are keen to expedite interviews with candidates. All interviews will be taking place virtually, for example over Skype or MS Teams.
You will need to be a Qualified Social Worker with Social Work England Registration in order to be considered for this position.