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Social Worker - ACT

Social Care

Children's Services

Rochdale Council

Job ref:    RO-45362                               

Location:    Brownhill Learning Community, Heights Lane, Rochdale OL12 0PZ

Salary:   £33,782 to £39,880  

Grade:   8                              

Working Hours:   37 hours per week          

Contract Type:  Temporary                         

Closing Date:   18th April 2021  

Interview Date: w/c 26th April 2021       



An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Grade 8 Social Worker who is keen to pilot an innovative model of working with young people in the context of Brownhill Learning Community.


ACT (Achieving Change Together) is a strength and relationship based model developed in Rochdale and Wigan and co-designed with young people. The aim of the model is on increasing stability for young people and reducing the risk of exploitation. The model is focused on the future ambitions and best hopes of young people, and relies on an ACT worker who follows the ACT principles and takes the time to build a meaningful and trusting relationship with the young person, providing them with intensive early support. The ACT worker takes the young person through the ACT pathway in order to help them identify their goals and together build their ambitions plan. This model is actively used in the Complex Safeguarding Teams across Greater Manchester, including Rochdale, and has proven to be successful in working with adolescents.


Given the success of the model, it has been agreed that we will further embed the use of the ACT model within our Pupil Referral Service. The focus will be on achieving stability both within the young person’s education but also within their home environment, alongside reducing the risk of not only exploitation but anti-social behaviour and serious youth violence.


Full training on the ACT model will be provided and support will be given through the Greater Manchester wide ACT Practitioner Group. Supervision will be provided by the Complex Safeguarding Practice Manager.


As a brief outline, the role will include:


  • Being part of the already established Welfare Service within Brownhill and supporting the team in implementing the ACT model with identified young people within the Pupil Referral Service; this will predominantly be with Key Stage 3 pupils.
  • Provide reflective discussions to staff and support the implementation of the model.
  • Working together to make better links with caregivers / community to build understanding of the ACT model and enhance relationships and trust between the school and families.


If you are interested in working with adolescents and piloting an innovative strength and relationship based model within a specialist school setting, please consider applying for this unique opportunity.



Approval for secondment should be obtained from your Head of Service before applying for this post


Appointment to this post is subject to an enhanced DBS including a barred list check against the child workforce


This is a 12 month temporary contract.

Please click on the links below:

Job description and person specification.pdf
Policy on recruitment of ex-offenders.pdf
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The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects staff to share this commitment.


Rochdale Borough Council is a great place to work. Please click here for information on Number One Riverside and the borough of Rochdale.


This organisation has signed up to the Greater Manchester Continuous Service Commitment.  This 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.


Graduated Mandatory Unpaid Leave is applicable for this post, there will be a pay deduction from salary each month equating to 4 days per year.  This will be pro rata for part time/part year employees.



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application deadline

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18th Apr 2021

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