Social Worker - Children's-Family Support and Protection
Role: Social Worker
Division: Supporting Families Division
Team- Family Support and Protection
Salary: Grade I-K - £40,503- £51,783 plus zone 2&3 travel card
Location: LBTH Town Hall, 106 Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BJ
We believe that the best place for children is to be raised within their own families, immediate or wider, wherever it is safe and appropriate to do so. In Tower Hamlets we are committed to building relationships and strengthening families by working with people in a compassionate and understanding way.
We are ambitious for Tower Hamlets children and families and endeavour for every child and young person to be healthy, safe and successful.
Tower Hamlets is a progressive, ambitious and diverse place to work. We place children and families at the heart of everything that we do and are relentless in our pursuit of positive outcomes for all.
About the role:
If you are passionate about building relationships with children and families at their first contact with Children’s Social Care, focused on working towards positive outcomes for children and have at least 1 year of post-qualifying experience in a statutory Children’s Social Care team, we would love you to apply.
We are recruiting experienced social workers for our front door service Family Support and Protection.
Family Support and Protection Service (FSP) consists of 10 social work teams. Family Support and Protection undertake child in need work, child protection work, alongside court work. This enables social workers to gain a good understanding of statutory work, but we also work closely with schools, health and voluntary organisations that formulates good partnership working with the ultimate aim of safeguarding and supporting children, young people and their families.
Relationships matter and this ethos in the service is embraced by all to engage with children foremost in mind leading to better outcomes and aspirations.
- Have working knowledge of the framework within which social care operates, inclusive of legislation and national guidance and procedures specific to this post
- Have knowledge of statutory work with children, including children in need, child protection, children looked after and court work. Knowledge of different types of interventions in family support
- A nationally recognised or other SWE recognised social work qualification
- Have at least 1 year of post-qualifying experience in a statutory Children’s Social Care setting
There has never been a more exciting time to practice, develop, and grow as a Social Worker at Tower Hamlets. Our vision is that every practitioner who has a role in the life of our children and families will be able to develop their skills and grow with Tower Hamlets. We will help you to develop excellent social work practice, leading to career advancement at your own pace.
We offer a competitive salary - £40,503- £51,783 plus zone 2-3 travel card, season ticket loan. We are committed to developing excellent Social Work practitioners and if you choose to work with us you will benefit from:
- Up to 31 days annual leave rising to 32 days with 5 years continual service and 8 bank holidays
- A manageable and diverse caseload and good quality reflective supervision
- Coaching and support from our well-established Learning Academy, and the opportunity to practice within our bespoke practice model Better Together, which encompasses restorative, systemic and trauma informed practice principles Core, elective, flexible and specialist learning pathways, as well as clear development pathways for every stage of your social work career
- Opportunities to develop your practice, with a clear framework for career development/leadership programme
- Opportunities for agile/flexible working
- Discounted gym membership, access to free eye test, Cycle to work scheme, Rent deposit scheme and & You at Work discounts and many other benefits
How to Apply:
We have simplified our application process, please complete a short application on our online application system and upload your CV.
Closing date: 31st March 2023
Test Stage: If successfully shortlisted, you will be invited to partake in stage 1 and 2 of the interview process (a group challenge and written exercise) on 7th April 2023.
Interview: If successful in test stage 1 and 2, you will then be invited for a panel interview on week commencing 12th April 2023 . Please keep these dates free
For further information regarding the role, please contact Nazma Rabbani at Nazma.Rabbani@towerhamlets.gov.uk
Please note: we are not accepting applications for newly qualified Social Workers looking to complete their ASYE in this round. Our ASYE posts will be advertised in May 2023. Please check back then.
Tower Hamlets vision for our borough is that: people are aspirational, independent and have equal access to opportunities; we are a borough that our residents are proud of and love to live in; and we are a dynamic, outcomes-based council using digital innovation and partnership working to respond to the changing needs of our borough. We want people who aspire to our TOWER values: Together; Open; Willing; Excellent; Respect.
Tower Hamlets has a zero-tolerance approach to, and works to eradicate, all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status, status as a civil partner, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy and maternity and looks to employ a diverse workforce representative of those groups. We recognise that people can also be disadvantaged by their social and economic circumstances, so we will work to eliminate discrimination and disadvantage caused by social class.
We welcome applicants interested in flexible working arrangements and also applicants who live in the borough.
This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).
Tower Hamlets Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.