Are you a committed and enthusiastic social worker with a breadth of experience? Are you looking for a new opportunity in an innovative and supportive environment?
We are currently recruiting experienced social workers in our Children with a Disability service.
Our most recent Ofsted visit in October 2021 highlighted our progress:
“Continuously ambitious and effective senior leaders have created a culture where strong social work practice improves outcomes for children in care who are in need of permanence. Skilled and committed social workers provide sensitive, child-centred practice to children and their carers.”
“Comprehensive and analytical assessments inform decision-making for children in need of permanent care outside of their birth family. Assessments demonstrate thoughtful engagement with children and families and influence children’s plans. Family group conferences are used consistently to support children to remain at home where it is safe to do so, with support from their family.”
“There is a strong focus on direct work, which is helping children develop relationships with their social workers. Social workers know their children extremely well. They visit children in accordance with their needs and wishes, even through the pandemic. Most children are supported by social workers who remain working with them for long periods of time, which supports children to develop trust within these relationships.”
We are not complacent and continue our hard work on our improvement plan to ensure that we offer the best service to children and families in Kirklees.
Our progress so far is clear:
- The social work teams are now close to full complement and all leadership and management posts are filled with permanent staff.
- Advanced Practitioners provide more support for social workers and more focus on developing practice.
- Working in locality teams and building effective relationships with partners.
- A remuneration package which reflects the challenges of the role.
Our progress is reflected in the views of our social workers who said:
“The nurturing and supportive environment I work in, has allowed me to be able to see clear progression in my skills and abilities as a social worker.”
“Practice is inclusive, you are not on your own, there is always support from peers, AP’s and managers, it’s a very supportive environment.”
“We are like-minded people who are committed to making a difference for the children and young people we support.”
The Children with a Disability Service works with children, young people and their families across Kirklees. Working alongside the social work team is an Early Support provision, which enables Early Help to service users without statutory involvement of Social workers. We also have strong links with colleagues in adult services, SENDACT and other specialist services linked to Children with Disability.
Children’s social work in Kirklees is underpinned by a culture of restorative practice with high quality relationships at the heart of our approach. We will ensure that you have high-quality professional development and receive high standards of induction, supervision and management.
We have a bespoke learning and development offer at all levels of social work allowing you access to professional development opportunities enabling you to develop and progress your career. Our well-established career structure also supports us to develop our own managers and leaders.
We have an established and supportive staff team which ensures that effective joint working continues to be embedded with positive outcomes for children and young people.
You must hold a recognised Social Work Qualification and be registered with Social Work England regulator to apply for these roles.
Travel is an essential part of this job and therefore it would be extremely difficult for you to do your job effectively if you did not use a car for all or most of the time. It is essential that you hold a full and valid driving licence and it is expected that you will either use a council vehicle or your own car (exceptions can be made for disabled applicants).
For more information or to have an informal discussion please call 01484 221000 and ask for Joanne Simpson or Sarah Schofield.