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Social Worker (Children in Care Team, Looked After Children)

Reference: AUG20215944
Expiry date: 23:59, 28 September 2021
Location: Colindale
Salary: £40,116.00 - £51,325.00 Per Annum
Attachments: Social Worker 2017 FINAL Grade I.pdf

We are looking for skilled, dynamic and motivated Social Workers within our Children in Care Team who have a passion for achieving excellence and the ability to drive change for children and young people in Barnet. If this is you, you could be the person we are looking for!

We are looking for:

An experienced social worker who can demonstrate creative and analytical thinking and share our passion in achieving the best for our looked after children. 

You will have recent experience of working as a case holder for Looked After Children and have excellent skills in developing and implementing timely and effective care plans and pathway plans with children and young people to achieve permanency and stability in their placements.

You will have a thorough understanding of risk assessments, safety planning and working with partners to keep our children and young people safe. Working directly with a varied caseload of children in care from a few months old to 18 years old and supporting them through their journey as their corporate parents.

You will be supporting children and young people through your assessments, care planning and life story work. You will also be responsible for developing challenging and creative ways of working and thinking with children in care and support them to develop their independence to progress their transition to the care leaving service in order to achieve outstanding outcomes.

Our Offer to you:

  • A competitive salary including options to tailor this based on your needs and preferences which we are happy to discuss with you.
  • Opportunities for career progression in our social work hierarchy structure (including Advanced Practitioners through to Heads of Service).
  • 30 days annual leave + Bank Holidays from the start of your employment.
  • Benefits package including access to local government pension scheme, pool cars and more.
  • A brand new purpose built and modern office based 5 minutes walk from Colindale tube station and free parking!

Support and Training:

  • Access to systemic training.
  • In house learning and development team with up to date training and emerging themes and resilience based models.
  • In house Mental Health teams allocated to work within your team and support your work.
  • Manageable caseloads within small teams and all on one floor making communication effective.
  • Work-life balance options may include flexi-time, job-share, homeworking.
  • Training to Practice Educator status.

You will have:

  • In depth knowledge and understanding of the legislative framework and polices in relation to safeguarding children.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, particularly in writing assessments and plans for young people.
  • Proven experience in demonstrating your impact on families in achieving positive outcomes for children and influence the professional networks that you work with.
  • Innovative and positive engagement with children and families in their assessments and plans and a passion for delivery of high quality services and interventions to vulnerable children in partnership with a wide range of agencies.
  • Regrettably we cannot accept applications from those who do not hold recognised social work qualifications.

We appreciate that not all employees want the same rewards and benefits package. Therefore, at Barnet we have a flexible benefits offer that can be tailored made to suit an individual’s preference. Where an employee does not wish to opt in to the Pension scheme, we can offer an additional allowance which is funded by the reduction in our employer pension costs. Please note that this has been factored in to the highest end of this salary range, combined with basic pay and a recruitment and retention allowance. We would be happy to discuss this with you at the interview process.

Barnet is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Barnet operates stringent safer recruitment procedures.

If shortlisted you will be required to bring photographic ID to your interview to prove your identity.