Social Worker, Children & Families Pod

Overview

Do you want to be part of an organisation with a model of practice focused on support and containment for social workers?

Can you use relationship-based practice to make a difference for children and families?

Do you want to work for an organisation committed to becoming anti-racist?

We have vacancies for social workers in our pods supporting children and families throughout their journey with us.

“Social workers’ morale is high and they enjoy working in Brighton & Hove.”


What You Will Do

  1. In addition to working for an organisation that values the immense contribution social workers make and ensures effective support is always in place, we offer a package of benefits including:
    • our innovative and unique supervision model, including group and 121 supervision and reflective practice groups, and a learning and development pathway based on our model of practice
    • a salary within the range £37,024 to £40,213 for social workers, including a 12.5% market supplement (Social Worker base salary – £32,910 to £35,745)
    • a relocation package of up to £10,000
    • a rental deposit loan scheme
    • a range of family-friendly policies including flexible working
    • a range of exclusive benefits and discounts from a large number of the UK’s largest retailers and service providers to help your money go further.

     

    We currently have opportunities for social workers in our generic children’s social work pods, which work with children all the way across their journey with our service.

    For these posts, you must hold a Professional Social Work Qualification and be registered as a social worker with Social Work England.  However, if you are an experienced social worker who is thinking about ‘returning to social work’, but who is not registered with Social Work England.

    In addition, you will need to have experience of working directly with children in need and their families in a multi-disciplinary service and be able to build strong, meaningful relationships with children from diverse backgrounds, their families and key agencies.


What we can offer you

  • We have vacancies for social workers in our pods supporting children and families throughout their journey with us.“Social workers’ morale is high and they enjoy working in Brighton & Hove.”

    (Ofsted’s ILACS report)

    We have developed a whole system that provides containment for social workers so that they can build ongoing relationships with families and use these relationships to make a difference for children and young people. This system is made up of small teams, or pods, of workers who get to know each other and the families they are supporting.

    Six years ago, we re-designed our Children’s Social Work service based on feedback from families, young people and our practitioners. The changes we introduced have had a positive impact for social workers and their ability to provide consistent and purposeful support to children and young people.  More recently, this included making sure that social workers have support during COVID, including the right PPE and a flexible approach to support families and keep children safe. The principles behind our model and how we have brought about positive change are subject to an ongoing evaluation. This was published as a report with the University of Sussex’s Centre for Social Work Innovation and Research in July 2017 – ‘Empathy, tenacity & compassion’.

    “Social workers have a good understanding of the children they work with.  They build meaningful relationships with children through direct work and regular visiting.”

    The most recent Ofsted report rated our services as good and recognised the difference that the model of practice has made for children and young people in terms of greater continuity of social work relationships, improved outcomes and reduced risks.

    The report also highlights that senior leaders have worked purposefully to build a skilled and stable workforce with manageable caseloads and that the decision not to employ agency staff has been a key part of this.

    We know that our social workers are our greatest asset and we strive to give them the time and active support they need so that they can make a real difference to children’s lives and realise our vision for social work.

    Our pod model is based on providing emotional containment for social workers and, as well as not using agency social workers, we have developed a supervision model which includes weekly group supervision, 1:1 supervision, and Reflective Practice Groups for practitioners and managers at every level.

    We have recognised that we need to do further work to support families and communities who experience racism in the city and to support our Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff.  As a council we have made a commitment to being an anti-racist organisation and we have set up an Anti-Racist Project to make sure we achieve this within children’s social work services.  We have also appointed a Lead Practitioner for Anti-Racist Practice and we are one of the Local Authorities piloting the Workforce Race Equality Standards for social care in 2021.  We would particularly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Black, Asian or from a minority ethnic background.

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