Permanent Vacancy – Children’s Social Worker – Locality Team

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Job Description

Job Category : Social Care – Qualified
Location :London Borough of Sutton
Start Date : Immediate Start
Start Time :09:00
End Time :17:00
Base Salary : £34,809.00
Top Point Salary :£44,628.00
Salary – (Grade 8): £34,809 – £44,628 (£44,628 unconsolidated maximum)
Social Workers receive a Welcome Bonus of £1000 paid in your first month salary followed by a Retention Bonus of £1000 after your first completed year of service, a retention bonus of £2000 after your second completed year, followed by a retention bonus of £3000 every completed year thereafter.

● As a social worker in the London Borough of Sutton your role will be to act as an officer of the Local Authority and execute statutory functions ensuring that individuals are safeguarded and supported to achieve positive outcomes.
● You will work in partnership with people, other professionals and agencies and intervene to safeguard individuals, promote social change, maximise independence and provide appropriate information and advice about third sector and universal services which support positive outcomes.
● You will have the ability to apply professional curiosity and use social work theories and knowledge to formulate and test hypotheses reaching a professional judgement and decision.
● You will produce a good standard of professional documentation relevant to your service area and be able to prioritise your workload and work within defined timescales.
● Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to the role and you will be required to be able to effectively balance the protection of individual rights against the need
to use professional authority and accountability effectively to safeguard vulnerable individuals.
● You will uphold the profession and act a representative of the Local authority in a variety of forums.

Person specification (knowledge, skills, experience and behaviours required in the role)

1. Social work qualification and at least one year’s post qualifying experience in a social work role and be able to meet the requirements of the social work regulator. With the exception of Newly qualified Social Workers (ASYE).
2. A current valid UK driving licence and the use of a car for work, with valid insurance covering business use – where required.
3. Demonstrate an effective and active use of supervision for accountability, professional reflection and development
4. Demonstrate an ability and understanding of the frameworks, theory and research which are applicable to the practice setting.
5. Demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of the legal and policy frameworks and guidance that inform social work practice and which safeguard vulnerable service users. (Relating specifically to the area in which this post is placed).
6. Demonstrate an ability to clearly and effectively communicate with service users, families and carers colleagues, and other professionals ensuring that individual’s views opinions and wishes are explicitly recorded using a range of tools and techniques applicable to the service sector.
7. Have excellent organisational skills and be able to prioritise workload according to risk and need.
8. Demonstrate the ability to work as an autonomous professional and an ability to produce succinct and clear professional documentation which is of an excellent standard and in line with statutory and local timescales and local protocol.
9. Demonstrate skills in sharing information appropriately and respectfully and recognise lines of accountability and the boundaries of professional autonomy and discretion.
10. Be familiar with and demonstrate practice which meets the required level within social work frameworks. The PCF and KSS underpin the role and expectations of a Social Worker in the People Directorate.