Children’s Social Care

Come & join us at Bucks…

Click here to read the letter of invitation from our Children’s Service Executive Director, Tolis Vouyioukas.

Our campaign – are you up for the challenge & reward?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are looking for skilled, knowledgeable and experienced social workers to come and join us in Bucks.

In order to support our staff to work to the best of their ability, we have an organisational and professional responsibility to create the conditions within which their best practice can flourish. We strive to deliver:

  • A clear vision and values that everyone models and promotes
  • Visible and inspiring leadership
  • Proactive and solution focused management
  • Regular and reflective supervision and support
  • Manageable and balanced caseloads
  • Evidence based approaches and tools that promote ‘good’ practice
  • Opportunities for staff to collaborate and be part of the solution
  • Strong partnerships and commissioning arrangements

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Our benefits

  • Competitive salary which includes a 6% enhanced salary uplift
  • ‘Golden Hello’ payment of up to £2,125 depending on experience
  • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) with employer contributions equivalent to 26.4% of salaries paid to scheme members
  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays) rising to 30 days (plus bank holidays) after more than 5 years’ service, with additional special leave as appropriate
  • New BCC Car Lease Scheme.
  • Car Allowance of £300 per annum. (if applicable)
  • ‘Safe Haven’ Car Allowance of £300 p.a. (if applicable)
  • Relocation Allowance of up to £8,000 (if applicable)
  • BCC discounts on buses and trains
  • Access to our corporate health and wellbeing services including: Employee Assistance Programme, Occupational Health Service
  • Discounts at local gyms and wellbeing centres
  • Seasonal health checks
  • Social work career progression scheme

 

 

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About you

We are looking to attract social work practitioners and managers who:

  • Have great verbal, written and organisational skills
  • Work well under pressure, whilst maintaining standards and performance
  • Can establish a rapport and develop relationships with children and young people
  • Always take children and young people’s views into account
  • Acknowledge each child and young person’s day to day experiences, unique characteristics and background
  • Respect parents / carers and value the strengths that families have to offer
  • Reflect on their own and other’s practice,  taking responsibility for self-directed learning
  • Adjust their thinking in the light of new information taking a collaborative approach to work out what’s in the best interest of each children and young person
  • Can formulate evidence-based judgements  when making decisions
  • Respect differences and can negotiate with influence to resolve real and potential conflicts

Ultimately, you will be a caring, compassionate and empathetic professional who truly wants to improve the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and their families

 

 

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Our values

We pride ourselves on our corporate core values of being caring, collaborative, accountable and ambitious. In Children’s Services, we have also developed the following values to underpin our improvement work with children and young people in need of support, protection and care:

  • Keeping children and young people’s experiences at the heart of everything we do
  • Working collaboratively with and for our children and families, acknowledging their contribution and building on their strengths
  • Remaining passionate about keeping children safe and well, whilst focusing on making a positive difference every day
  • Making sure that everyone’s voice is heard, including children, families, our staff and partners, enabling us to work reflectively, openly and with integrity
  • Assuring the quality of practice and managing our performance to inform service improvement and development’

 

 

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Our learning and development offer

We have created a varied learning and development programme which will help you to develop the knowledge and skills needed to progress in your social work career.

You will be offered the opportunity to benefit from a structured learning and professional development programme at different stages of your career. You will also be encouraged to take up opportunities for self-directed learning. These opportunities include:

  • Automatic membership to the Children’s Services Learning Academy, which has a dedicated Social Work Faculty supported by a new on-line learning platform
  • A targeted training programme which builds on an induction and orientation programme for new starters. This includes a core and advanced social work training programme with additional management and leadership development programmes
  • A bespoke training programme for newly qualified social workers in their first assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE)
  • Masterclass Programmes and Workshops
  • Unique Development Centre Programme for all Team and Assistant Team Managers (designed and delivered by the senior leadership team, corporate Human Resources and Organisational Development colleagues and external occupational psychologists)
  • Regular Refreshing Practice Forums for all social work practitioners and managers
  • Access to ‘Community Care inform’ which includes a range of accurate and current practice related content to help you in your work
  • Access to “Making Research Count” which is a national collaborative research initiative, established by universities and developed by regional centres.

 

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