Social Workers - Child Protection and Court Team
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.
We are keen to incorporate the key principles of the ‘Strengthening Families’ to our services here in Buckinghamshire, to enhance and recognise what we already do. The model follows the following key imperatives:
- Understanding the world of the child
- Understanding the world of the adult(s)
- Recognise family strengths as well as concerns
- Engage families in the change process
- Measure change through actions and interventions
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
We have a number of opportunities for experienced Social Workers to join one of our three Child Protection & Court Teams. These challenging but rewarding roles will see you working directly with children and young people who are at risk of significant harm, ensuring that the voice of the child is always heard and listened to. You can choose to be based in Aylesbury, Amersham or High Wycombe.
The work you’ll do is varied and involves all aspect s of managing child protection and court proceedings. Working closely with colleagues in our Children in Need teams, you’ll work directly with families and other professionals. You can expect to:
- Work with children who have child protection plans (experience of court work is essential)
- Work with looked after children and permanency planning
- Manage child protection care proceedings
- Attend court
- Write reports and assessments
- Manage complex cases and care plans
- Safeguard children under the Child Protection or Court Frameworks
- Undertake Section 47s and risk assessments
- Mentor and supervise students and be an allocated worker for children
- Chair Core Groups
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.
Please note we are recruiting to these posts on an on-going basis, with interviews and appointments being conducted on a rolling basis.
To make a great CP & Court Social Worker, you’ll bring your experience and knowledge of all of the above with you and be confident with court proceedings. In these busy, fast paced teams, you’ll get on best if you are flexible and able to work well under pressure. You will work closely with colleagues from various teams and build positive links between your team and other parts of the service to ensure effective multi-professional working. You will hold a degree in social work (DipSW) and registered with the HCPC.
*Please note this market factor enhancement is reviewed each year. The Golden Hello payment is paid pro rata for part time hours.
Please see attached job summary.
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