Social Worker Looked After Children

Your new organisation
Our vision is A Southend Where All Children Achieve Success. By joining Southend Borough Council as a Social Worker/Advanced Practitioner/Team Manager you will be key in making our vision a reality for all children. You will be joining a service where we demonstrate with pride that:

All paths lead back to the child
We spend time getting to know each child and their story
We do what we say we’re going to do
We work with the whole family
No matter what, we aim to make things better.
You will provide support to work to the highest standard using our model of practice, Restorative Practice, to deliver the vision. You will access a professional social work development offer, that has been designed with social workers, whatever stage you are at in your career. You will be given regular restorative supervision and separate supervision focussing on development and evidencing your SWE registration. We want everyone to take a lead in an area of interest for your team and you will explore this with your line manager.

As a Council, as we come out of Covid, we are designing future ways of working. You will work using a blended approach of spending at least 2 days a week with your team based at our office and in working from home.

We have posts in a number of teams so please contact our recruitment partner, Hays, to discuss the teams we are currently recruiting to.

Your new role
Southend Borough Council are looking appoint a full time permanent Qualified Social Worker for their Looked After Children Team (LAC).

You will be required to provide an efficient and cost effective service to children, young people and their families, ensuring that the needs of the children and their parents/carers are professionally assessed. Investigate, evaluate and analyse information on cases, demonstrating clarity of assessment, reliability of information, evidences conclusions and realistic action plans.

Ensure adequate recording that evidences practice. To develop practice, that takes a holistic view of the individual, locating them in both their immediate and extended social circles, and having full regard to their overall development needs. To ensure that all case management complies with the statutory requirements and the Council’s policies and procedures. To prepare and submit written reports as and when required, including statements and care plans for care proceedings in the Family Proceedings, County and High Courts.

Nowhere else will you gain as much experience on the job, making us a sought-after place to work. If you are passionate, dedicated to making a change and ready for a challenge – you could be the candidate we are looking for.

Within this position you will receive a one off payment of £1000.00 as a joining incentive & also a market supplement of £2000 at the end of each year, plus a parking permit – that is £3000 on top of your salary in your first year!