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Social Worker

  • Employer: Brent Council
  • Reference: BC/24/277645
  • Published: Wed 17/04/2024, 14:41 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 19/05/2024, 23:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 436 hours
  • Salary: 39,264- £48,060
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0FJ, Brent
Salary range: £39,264 - £48,060 p.a. incl. London weighting plus Golden hello payment of £5,000 (payable after 6 months) and annual retention payment of £2,500 or £4,500 per year depending on team (subject to eligibility criteria)
Contract: Permanent 
Hours of work: 36 hours per week
Location: Civic centre and other locations from time to time

Come and Grow your Social Work Career in Brent 

We are an Ofsted rated “Good” authority in all areas.

With our excellent rewards package and flexible working arrangements you will enjoy a friendly and supportive work environment that enables you to enjoy a positive work / life balance. Thanks to having manageable caseloads, strong management support and excellent training and development opportunities, you will be encouraged to develop your skills and grow your career here in Brent. 
We are looking for skilled Social Workers to join our Children and Young People department across a number of teams
We are a dynamic and innovative service that is aspirational for children and young people in Brent. Our ambitious career development scheme, well-established systemic practice tools, values, behaviours, and anti-racist practice, as well as tailored training programmes, are all designed to support your professional growth. Our team structures, manageable caseloads and support from practice consultants and managers will ensure that you have everything you need to deliver reflective and relationship-based practice that benefits our children and young people.

Our social work teams are supported by a fully permanent senior management team who are committed to providing excellent services for our children and young people.

Brent is a great place to work    

The borough is one of the most culturally diverse in Europe and has great transport links as well as the iconic Wembley stadium. We are part of the impressive regeneration of the Wembley Park site and have benefitted from the legacy of being the 2020 London Borough of Culture. Brent is a borough on the up!

Our Social Workers

 •   Provide an excellent social work service that enables our children and young people to fulfil their potential and achieve positive outcomes.
•   Ensure that the voice of the child is always heard and that the views of our young people are at the heart of all our case planning.
•   Create genuine partnerships with parents and carers.
•   Work in partnership with other agencies to provide effective and well-coordinated plans for our children.
•   Benefit from the availability of a strong early help offer to support and work alongside social workers.
The Teams

The Accelerated Support Team is a multi-disciplinary team that supports families and vulnerable young people on the edge of care and those at risk of contextual harm and serious youth violence, by utilising a trauma informed approach.

Brent Family Front Door/ MASH - social workers in this service are the first point of contact for professionals or members of the public who wish to share information about families with us. They record and gather information, consult with partner agencies and then make recommendations for  the next steps to be taken. 

Short Term Teams - workers in these teams carry out high quality Child and Family assessments within agreed timescales to inform our plans for children and their families.

Long Term Teams - workers in these teams hold caseloads of Children In Need and Child Protection cases. They work closely with families to support and protect children and to ensure that they can fulfil their potential.

Disabled Children and Young People Service 0-25 - workers in these teams provide high quality assessments and a wide range of support packages to ensure the best outcomes for disabled young people and their families.

Looked After Children Teams work with children aged 0-18 throughout their care journey. As a social worker in one of these teams you would hold a mixed case load which could include care proceedings, long term foster care, Special Guardianship, adoption, and occasionally some Child in Need or Child Protection work.

Kinship Care team - as a kinship social worker, you would be assessing prospective Connected Person/Friend and Family foster carers and Special Guardians for children who are in care or could come into care. You would also supervise and monitor Connected Person foster carers who have children placed with them in an emergency. You will work closely with children’s social workers, contributing to care and permanency planning along the child’s journey.

Our Benefits

Our benefits package for staff is one of the most generous in London and has been uplifted recently. We offer:

•   A £5000 ‘golden hello’ payment.
•   Retention payments of £2,500 or £4500 per year depending on team. 
•   Manageable caseloads within a small team model, supported by social work practice consultants. 
•   A framework that informs and supports your professional growth.
•   Minimum of 10 days of training per year. Our learning opportunities are designed to enhance direct social work practice using the Signs of Safety model.
•   A career progression framework that maps out how you will grow your career in Brent – from ASYE to Team Manager and beyond.
•   Some of the best supportive technology amongst London local authorities  through the use of: iPhones and lightweight laptops, video-conferencing enabled meeting rooms, high quality automated services, and much more.
•   A modern and vibrant work environment within Wembley Park or our brand new purpose-built office space at Willesden Library. Both sites are close to tube links.
•   A culture of flexible working, including working from home, which encourages a positive work / life balance. Home working kits include desks, chairs, wireless keyboards, mouse etc.
•   Zipcars, discounted parking, and season travel ticket loans.
•   A generous Local Government Pension Scheme.
•   A host of other rewards and benefits such as a childcare deposit loan scheme, reduced cost gym membership, cycle to work scheme plus many more.

If you are an experienced social worker with a passion and commitment for working with children and young people, we would love to hear from you. We look forward to receiving your application.

For more information, please visit: www.brent.gov.uk/socialworkbrent 

Closing date: 19 May 2024 (23:59)

Additional Information 

If you are interested in applying for this job, please start by clicking the "Apply Now" button below. You must provide a supporting statement as part of your application that clearly shows how you meet the criteria on the Person Specification. We will accept a CV in support of your application, however, you should still provide a supporting statement.

Brent Council values the diversity of its community and aims to have a workforce that reflects this and therefore encourage applications from all sections of the community. We positively encourage all applicants to self-identify their characteristics in the diversity survey section in the application.

We are committed to safer recruitment and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants should be aware that posts working with children, young people and vulnerable adults are subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.

The information we collect from you will be shared with Cifas who will use it to prevent fraud, other unlawful or dishonest conduct, malpractice, and other seriously improper conduct. Further details of how your information will be used by us and Cifas and your data protection rights, can be found here.

Brent has a positive approach to flexible working.

As a disability confident employer Brent welcomes applications from people with all disabilities, including “non-visible” disabilities and mental health conditions. We will interview any disabled applicant who meets the essential criteria. If you require reasonable adjustments to be made to any part of the recruitment process due to your disability, please contact us on recruitment@brent.gov.uk 

  • Employer: Brent Council
  • Reference: BC/24/277645
  • Published: Wed 17/04/2024, 14:41 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 19/05/2024, 23:00 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 436 hours
  • Salary: 39,264- £48,060
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, Middlesex HA9 0FJ, Brent

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