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Oldham Council

Social Worker

Location: Metropolitan Place

Closing Date: Sunday 23rd August 2020

Shortlisting: Monday 24th August 2020

Interview: Monday 31st August 2020


Join #TeamOldham


Now is an exciting time to join Oldham Children’s Services as a Social Worker.  At Oldham Council we are ambitious for our children and we are looking for Social Workers who want to join #TeamOldham and become part of our vibrant and diverse community and share our aspirations for our children and families. We are particularly seeking experienced social workers with over 1 year experience to support our social work offer to children and families.


We are making exciting progress in relation to our improvement journey and seeing social work practice develop and thrive. We have also developed creativity in our COVID-19 response which is leading to a recovery plan shaped by contribution from our social care workforce. We have a new Director of Children’s Services and a fresh Senior Leadership Team who are dedicated to supporting our Social Workers deliver the very best services for our children and families, seeing improved outcomes and a focus on relationship-based practice.  We are doing this through a relentless focus on the quality of practice and by ensuring that our Social Workers have everything they need to do their job well and progress in their career.  We have a loyal, supportive and enthusiastic workforce who will give you a very warm welcome. 


Opportunities are available across Children’s Social Care - both fixed term and permanent roles - with some part-time opportunities.  


We are offering a competitive salary range between £26,999 - £38,813, dependent upon experience, with career progression available, and an employment offer that can’t be beaten. Once you join #TeamOldham you will never want to work anywhere else!


Our offer to you:

  • A bespoke workplace that has been specifically designed for Social Workers right in the centre of Oldham with your own desk and free parking facilities next to the office, including working from home opportunities within your working week.
  • Access to the latest technologies to help you to do the job, including a personal laptop and mobile phone
  • You will benefit from regular reflective supervision and a strong management oversight
  • Excellent Continuing Professional Development opportunities at all levels including a strong progression programme and exciting opportunities to develop innovative practice
  • An Employment Assistance Scheme that provides 24 hours access to advice and support
  • Paid leave (up to 31 days excluding bank holidays dependent on length of service and opportunity to buy extra leave through the council’s purchase scheme)
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • An Employee Discount Card
  • A Fit for Oldham scheme which offers free health and fitness opportunities in our new venue
  • Essential Car User Allowance for designated posts with fully subsidised parking
  • Other designated car user allowance offered with part subsidised parking permit


We want you to:

  • Be dedicated to child centred practice, listening to our children and young people and taking action to improve their lives
  • Hold a relevant Social Work qualification and be registered with Social Work England 
  • Have the skill and abilities to analyse information, undertake assessments, maintain records and create plans that are SMART and deliver interventions that meet the needs of children and families with an unwavering focus on outcomes
  • Be committed to being part of #TeamOldham and making sure that we deliver our vision for children in Oldham through our Improvement Plans
  • Have a multi-agency approach to working together with whoever needs to play their part in helping the child and their family to achieve their goals   
  • Be creative in developing positive and effective relationships with the child and their family or carers that enables direct work to be completed successfully and change sustained

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About Us:


Oldham is committed to developing a Co-operative future; one where citizens, partners and staff work together to improve the borough.  Anyone joining the council is coming into an ambitious organisation with big plans. We are working hard to build a brighter future for our borough and we need people from a wide range of backgrounds to continue delivering the best for our communities.


The Council has a clear set of Values and Behaviours, our Values outline how we do business and we share these borough wide with our residents, partners and businesses.  Internally we have translated these values into five cooperative behaviours which outline the priority areas of focus for all staff at all levels. You can view the Values and Behaviours on our Greater. Jobs pages Working for Oldham


For details of how we use your data please see out privacy notice: Privacy Notice


Please note that should a vacancy that has been released for internal or external recruitment be deemed suitable for an at risk employee, it can be pulled back at any point up to the post being formally offered to an external candidate or an internal candidate that is not at risk of redundancy. 

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23rd Aug 2020

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