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Social Worker -Help & Protection

  • Location: Countywide
  • Ref: FS10484
  • Closing date: 17th September 2019
  • Contract type: Permanent
  • Working hours: Full Time
  • Salary: £42,709 - £45,058


We are currently recruiting confident and inquisitive qualified social workers to join our Help and Protection Service. These teams deliver statutory social work services to children and young people who live at home in Buckinghamshire and have either a ‘child in need’ or ‘child protection’ plan.

About Us

Significant progress has been made to improve our Children’s Services in Buckinghamshire. A new, permanent Senior Management Team arrived in April 2018 and is making the right changes to ensure we improve outcomes for vulnerable children and young people across the County.

OFSTED said during their last monitoring visit that

‘The senior leadership team has a sound understanding of the improvements that are needed in children’s services and is steadfastly determined to improve the quality of services for children’

Read the Ofsted Monitoring Visit feedback letter 


About the role

By creating more effective solutions together, we are able to deliver better outcomes to the county as a whole

In return, we will commit ourselves to supporting you through your own professional development plan, working together towards a brighter future for the children of Buckinghamshire.

At the centre of our improvement plan lays a diverse and exciting training strategy, which will enable us to grow our own talent, ensuring each and every one of our social workers has the opportunities and support required to progress with us. Investing in your future, we will encourage you to grasp opportunities to develop your skills, both on-the-job and in the classroom.

Joining us as a social worker in our Help and Protection Team, you will be offered the opportunity to embrace structured learning and professional development programmes at different stages of your career. These include:

  • A bespoke training programme for newly qualified social workers (ASYE)
  • Tailor made development centres, masterclasses and workshops
  • Social Work Academies including masterclasses, pop up events, electronic resources and research publications.
  • Career frame work
  • Regular practice forums available at all levels
  • 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”– a national collaborative research initiative, established by universities and developed by regional centres.

About you

If you have already started your career in social care, you will know it takes a special someone to take on this role.

Great communication skills, organisation and the ability to work well under pressure are just some of the qualities you will bring with you to BCC. Ultimately, you will be a caring, compassionate and empathetic individual who truly wants to improve the safety and welfare of those around them. It is that passion you will hold onto, keeping it at the forefront of all you do.

To join our Help and Protection Team, you will need to demonstrate:

  • A complex understanding of social work practice including a  social work qualification and active HCPC registration
  • The confidence to challenge the status quo and work collaboratively towards innovative solutions
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • A drive and passion to help us transform the service; we need you to help put our initiatives into every day practice, ensuring each and every child receives the best possible outcome



Please see the job summary for further information.

Other Information

The Help and Protection service has bases in Aylesbury, High Wycombe and Amersham please state what location you require within your application form.


Our Values

Our values are what makes our culture at BCC unique. 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.

We recognise and reward you

All experienced BCC Social Workers are entitled to a wide range of benefits including:

  • 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
  • Annual performance appraisal with a personal learning and development plan

Find out more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lv_VqOEqO_k&feature=youtu.be




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