Advanced Social Workers – Croydon Supporting Families (formerly the Assessment Service)
Grade 14 (£44,790 - £46,839 pa based on 36 hours per week)
Croydon is a place on the up, experiencing the largest growth of any London borough. It is a borough steeped in tradition, offering residents a rich and diverse history but has a forward-thinking mentality that is keen to embrace change and innovation to provide the best possible place for residents to live and work.
Central to this is our Croydon Renewal Plan where we seek to bring good governance and financial management to the fore, making the best use for the budget we have and ensuring that we seek the opportunity out of every pound.
We expect children and families in Croydon to receive outstanding services from our social work staff. We want our staff to have high expectations and high challenge of their practice and each other.
It’s an exciting time to be joining us. To meet the changing needs of our children and families we have invested in creating the conditions for social work to flourish. We have a number of exciting opportunities for Advanced Social Workers to join our Croydon Supporting Families Service.
Croydon Supporting Families receives cases from our Front Door (Single Point of Contact – SPOC). Social Workers carry out Child and Family Assessments, create family plans and where appropriate work with families to support the intervention of agreed plans (brief intervention). Social Workers carry out S47 Child Protection Enquiries, work with a range of partner agencies to ensure children and young people are supported and safeguarded.
Croydon has five teams within the Croydon Supporting Families Service, based in our modern offices in Croydon, come and join us. We are committed to improving the lives of children and young people and their families across the Borough. We offer great office accommodation and facilities in the centre of Croydon with excellent public transport links.
Investment within the Croydon Supporting Families Service has enabled:
- Manageable caseloads
- Good management support for practitioners, regular supervision, and access to a clinical therapist to support your work.
- A range of CPD opportunities to support your development.
- Our Edge of Care Service works alongside social workers.
Croydon is truly a unique place to practice social work – it is one of the fastest growing populations in the UK and is home to 94,000 children.
Your experience of working in a statutory setting will allow you to operate with confidence and emotional intelligence; using research to support your decision making and creating plans focused on creating positive change in children and young people’s lives.
We are looking for confident Qualified social workers with 3 yrs+ experience, that are Social Work England Registered and that have completed their ASYE and who can demonstrate their skills, resilience and experience in;
- Making relationships to create change
- Identifying and working with our families’ strengths.
- Managing complex cases
- Working with families and children to produce Child and Family
- Working directly with children, young people and their families evidencing multi-agency partnerships with a robust understanding of thresholds of need.
- Strong interpersonal skills to engage with families and referrers from all partner agencies
- Excellent analytical and writing skills and the ability to incorporate our systemic practice model which builds on families’ strengths with a focus on protective factors.
- Effective time management skills to deliver within expected timeframes.
Our offer to you;
A salary depending on your qualified experience £44,790 - £46,839 pa based on 36 hours.
Welcome payment of £4k (NB following successful completion of your six month probation period)
Parking permit for Wandle Road Council Car Park
Retention payment (currently under review)
31 days’ annual leave in addition to bank holidays
Development opportunities in key areas of practice;
Group supervision with our Consultant Practitioners
Laptop/Phone to support agile work practices
A pension scheme with an average employer contribution of 20%
Clearly defined career progression pathways
A core skills training programme including Strengthening Families training
Graded Care Profile2 tool training through our Safeguarding Children’s Board
Post graduate learning & development opportunities with leading Universities
Leadership programmes, including an Aspiring leader programme for children’s social workers & Black & Minority Ethnic Aspiring managers & senior managers programme
Twice a year Early Help & Children’s Social Care Conferences
Systemic supervision training for all managers and senior leaders
Staff reference group
Discounted vouchers via Croydon Options
Most of all what makes Croydon special is our people – both within the council and throughout the borough. Our diverse population has made Croydon a thriving cultural hub, it also makes it a truly unique environment in which to work and practice social work.
For an informal conversation – please email Veronica.firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you.
This is a rolling advert and applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis.
Croydon Council is an inclusive employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We will be pleased to consider applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements. As users of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role.
Croydon council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment.
The Successful candidate will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.