Grade H/I £31,346
- £38,890 pro-rata for part time (bar at £34.728 dependent on PQ
37 hours & 18.5 hours
Permanent & Fixed Term (12 months)
opportunities have arisen to join Bolton’s Children’s Services as a Social
Worker in the Referral and
Assessment Service. We have both permanent vacancies and a fixed term contract
for 12 months. On the fixed term contract there may be the
potential opportunity to join our permanent staff team after the 12 months.
name is Ian Walker and I am the Assistant Director for Social Care and Early
Help in Bolton.
approach my first year in the role I look back and see with some surprise, and
not a little pride, how much we have developed and progressed in such a short
period of time. How any organisation manages change is the truest of tests of
its wellbeing and I have to say that the whole of the Service has evidenced its
flexibility, adaptability and functionality to an amazing degree.
gives me total confidence that we will take on whatever challenges and
opportunities that come our way in 2021.
result, I can honestly say that this is a really exciting time to join us in
management and senior management team are now all permanent employees and we
are heading towards that benchmark within the social work teams.
do still have, however, a few exciting opportunities that have arisen for you
to join Bolton’s Children’s Services as a Social Worker.
for one minute have I regretted my decision to join the Bolton Family and I
don’t think you will either.
what will you gain from an application to work in Bolton?
with a manageable caseload and in small teams ensuring readily available line
stable and accessible senior management team (including the Assistant Director)
who are passionate about improving services for the children and families in
newly formulated Advanced Social Work Practitioner post in every team to
support your personal development and the continuous practice improvements
across the service.
Restorative Practice approach that actively encourages imaginative and family
strong commitment from partners to work collaboratively.
organisation that genuinely care for its workforce and the community in works
may be rated as ‘Good’ but we aspire to be even better
2030 is our long-term vision for our Borough. In Bolton our vision is to
support people to Start Well, Live Well and Age Well. This includes supporting
our children to get the best possible start in life, so they have every chance
to succeed and be happy.
in Bolton, we keep children and young people at the centre of all the work we
do; we strive to offer families the support and intervention they need to make
and sustain positive change so they can safely meet the needs of their children
wherever this is possible, and when children cannot remain with family that
they have timely plans of permanency.
Children’s Services were judged as ‘GOOD’ in an Ofsted ILACS inspection in 2018.
who need help and protection are supported by timely and effective services,
delivered by skilled social workers, with decisions that are made by managers.”
management oversight from experienced team managers, who have manageable spans
of control, allows for regular formal and informal supervision and provides
staff with effective support to ensure that their work with children and
families is purposeful and effective.”
Referral and Assessment Service comprises of three teams who operate as part of
a duty service rotating into the Multi Agency Screening and Safeguarding
Service which provides and enables the department to provide an efficient and effective
social work service. In doing so, the
main purpose of the job is to undertake initial child / family assessments,
including Section 47 enquiries and the provision of short-term intervention.
you wish to discuss the position or service further, please contact Natalie
Nicholson on 01204 33 7400.
You will be a motivated and enthusiastic
practitioner with the ability to build professional relationships with children
and their families, to ensure their participation in your social work practice.
You will have good knowledge and experience in
safeguarding children, as well as being able to produce high quality
assessments and understand the current changes within children’s social work.
You will be resilient, adaptable and capable of
working effectively with colleagues from other professional disciplines.
You will be an excellent communicator, efficient in
time management, report writing and completing assessments as well as a strong
team player who values the strength of working in a person-centred manner. All roles require Social Workers
to be able to write reports to an excellent standard and deliver accurate and
concise information verbally, in written form and also where necessary in
•Generous Annual Leave – a minimum of 28 days
annual leave, rising to 31 days after 5 years’ service.
•Essential Car User Allowance
•Flexible Working and access to remote working and
•Access to Gym Membership and Cycle to Work Schemes
•Local Government Pension Scheme
•Employee Assistance Programme
offer to you –
•Regular informal and formal supervision from
•A clear progression pathway
•Access to learning and development training and
activities for your Continued Professional Development
•Opportunities to shape practice and service
delivery with the Principal Social Worker Team
•Full access to Research in Practice learning
•Support to achieve accreditation with the National
Assessment & Accreditation System
NQSW’s will receive regular high-quality supervision and be supported by strong
ASYE Assessor is a qualified and registered Social Worker.
will be subject to a 12-month probationary period to support completion of the
ASYE programme in Bolton
ASYE Assessor will provide fortnightly supervision for your first six months
and then monthly supervision until the end of the programme. This is alongside
supervision with your line manager.
ASYE Assessor will undertake your assessments in collaboration with your line
will be three direct observations completed of you within your first year. One
of these is completed by your ASYE Assessor and two by your line manager.
will have the opportunity to co-work cases in order to learn from more
will hold a reduced caseload that is linked with ASYE reviews at 3, 6 and 10
months during the ASYE Programme. This will ensure you have the time to develop
your potential and enable theory and practice to become aligned.
will receive an induction and attend monthly workshops that offer time for
reflection and opportunities for learning and development. This also gives
opportunity to be part of a group with other practitioners who are in their
first year of practice.
will receive allocated study time to enable you to complete the evidence
required for the portfolio and will complete a taught module for NQSW’s with
Manchester Metropolitan University.
will be assessed against the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) at three,
six and twelve months.
Progression to Grade I for
existing Grade H Social Workers in Bolton will be achieved by successful
completion of the Progression Pathway
We are committed to
safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect
all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A DBS check is therefore required for this
This post is a designated
customer facing role under the fluency duty and requires a specified level of
spoken English as per the person specification.
This organisation has signed up to the Greater Manchester
Continuous Service Commitment. That means we will recognise your continuous or
‘unbroken’ service in any Greater Manchester local authority or NHS
organisation, Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Service or Greater Manchester Combined Authority, giving you access to
our service-related benefits.
To see if you are
suited to this role, please review the job description. Job Description.docx
BN Right to Work.docx
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