Social Worker – Family Drug and Alcohol Court


Social Worker – Family Drug and Alcohol Court

Somerset County Council
  • Full Time
  • Salary: £30,451 to £34,728 per annum
  • Closing date: Sunday March 7th, 2021 11:59pm
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A bit about us

Somerset County Council have an exciting opportunity for a Social Worker within our new Family Drug and Alcohol Court Team. The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) is a therapeutic problem-solving court model, which offers an alternative to standard care proceedings where drug and alcohol misuse is a key contributing factor. FDAC provides a problem solving and restorative approach to care proceedings, which aims to improve the outcomes for families by helping parents change the lifestyles that have put their children at risk of harm. We are proud to be launching this new way of working and investing in our children and their families.

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, within a team who are passionate about the work that they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We’re supporting flexible working arrangements and our offices meet the Covid-19 Secure standards. We’re using risk assessments and where needed, PPE to protect our social workers. Good technology is provided to help you stay connected to your team and manager through virtual meetings, team check-ins and service sessions.

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 families 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 a permanent Team Manager and a permanent stable senior leadership team you’ll be well supported with regular and reflective supervision.

Key purpose of the role…

To work closely with the Judiciary as part of a specialist multidisciplinary team providing an accessible community-based assessment and intervention service for high needs families with a history of substance misuse.

A few things about you

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.

Additional information

If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.

The FDAC team are due to be based in Taunton. As Taunton is the county town, transport links are great, with easy access to the M5, less than two hours by train to London and 40 minutes’ drive in each direction to Bristol and Exeter. The FDAC team are a countywide service and successful applicants will be working with families across Somerset.

If being part of this exciting new initiative sounds like you and you’d like to hear more about it then we would love to hear from you. For a confidential chat please contact Maria Hargreaves MHargreaves@somerset.gov.uk or call: 07818529167.

All interviews will be taking place virtually, using Microsoft Teams.

Due to the importance of the role we recommend applying as soon as possible as depending on the level of response, we anticipate conducting interviews ahead of the closing date of 7 March 2021

This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.