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Social Worker - Fostering

  • Location: Countywide
  • Ref: FS06368
  • Closing date: 24 January 2018
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Working hours: Full Time
  • Salary: £35,668 - £45,254

The opportunity

Children’s services in Buckinghamshire are on a journey to delivering outstanding services. Children and their families are at the centre of everything we do. Building on the Strengthening Families model adopted for child protection conferences in 2016, we want to apply the latest skills and knowledge to achieve the best outcomes possible for the children we seek to protect and support.

In conjunction with the University of Sheffield, we are keen to incorporate the key principles of the ‘Strengthening Families, Enhancing Futures’ to our services here in Buckinghamshire, to enhance and recognise what we already do. The model follows the following key imperatives:

  1. Understanding the world of the child
  2. Understanding the world of the adult(s)
  3. Recognise family strengths as well as concerns
  4. Engage families in the change process
  5. Measure change through actions and interventions

About us

Keeping the children and young people of Buckinghamshire safe and healthy is at the heart of everything we do. It is our vision that each and every child has the best head start and the most positive futures ahead of them. Making sure that every child, whatever their situation, has the stability, the support and the belief to start thinking about their tomorrow.

 

About the role

You will be part of an enthusiastic and experienced team working closely with colleagues across children’s services and in partnership with external agencies.

Please see the attached job summary (below) for further details.

This is a career-graded role, and salary offered will be dependent upon experience, and demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the needs of families and adopted children.

We know your skills are highly sought after so we’re offering a 6% market factor salary enhancement if you choose Bucks*. You will also receive a Golden Hello payment of £2,125 upon your one year work anniversary; car allowances of £600 per annum (paid monthly), and a Relocation Allowance up to £8,000 (if applicable)*. At Buckinghamshire County Council, we’ll support you to develop your skills and experience and continue your own career progression.

About you

To make a great Social Worker, you’ll bring your experience and knowledge with you and be confident in undertaking the role.   You will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the needs of children in foster care and their families and be able to contribute to the further development of the service.

You will hold a degree in social work (DipSW) and registered with the HCPC.

 

Other Information

Please see the attached job summary (below) for further details.

*Please note this market factor enhancement is reviewed each year. The Golden Hello payment is paid pro rata for part time hours.

Our Values

Ambitious. Accountable. Caring. Collaborative.

Our values are what make our culture at BCC unique and we expect all our people to live them in their approach.  Ambitious. We want people with a strong desire and determination to succeed. Accountable. Our people take pride in owning actions and decisions. It’s all about using our resources wisely and recognising that the public money we use is all going towards a better future. Caring. We’re people, working for people. Being caring, kind and supportive is intrinsic. Collaborative. Working in a team, sharing ideas and knowledge only means positive things. By creating more effective solutions together, we are able to deliver better outcomes to the county as a whole.

About the Business Unit

Keeping the children and young people of Buckinghamshire safe and healthy is at the heart of everything we do. It is our vision that each and every child has the best head start and the most positive futures ahead of them. Making sure that every child, whatever their situation, has the stability, the support and the belief to start thinking about their tomorrow.

We Recognise and Reward You

Hard work and success deserves recognition. That’s why we pride ourselves on the benefits we give our people. Everything from a good work-life balance and flexible working to discounted public transport and sports centre membership.

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