LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN
Full time, Permanent
Location: The Denton Centre
Salary: Grade H. Scale 29 - £32,029 to Scale 34 - £36,876 with a profession bar at SCP 31 **
All appointments will be to the bottom salary point in the grade with annual incremental progression each April until the grade maximum is reached. Where an individual can provide evidence that their existing salary in a relevant role surpasses the grade starting salary, a higher entry salary will be considered, subject to the professional grade development criteria also being met if that point is higher than the bar point.
In Tameside we are committed to achieving the best outcomes for our Looked after Children. In order to support this goal there has been significant investment into the service to create additional capacity at all levels.
We are looking to recruit to a number of posts within the Looked after Children’s Teams, Leaving Care team and a brand new Special Guardianship Team which will progress discharges of orders through to supporting the SGO placement and plan.
A number of exciting changes and developments are taking place within our Looked after Children’s service as we are embedding our practice model, Signs of Safety, and driving quality care planning to achieve permanence for children. The investment we have had as a service will enable us to offer manageable caseloads so we can deliver on our statutory and corporate parenting responsibilities/priorities but most importantly allows social workers to build relationships with children, young people and families. We work in a collaborative way across our LAC, Leaving Care, residential and fostering teams to ensure that we have a team approach the work we do with our children.
We are looking to recruit 5 Social Workers.
You will be responsible for a caseload of Looked after Children and Young People who have an agreed plan of permanence. You will be working with children and young people who live with their parents on care orders, in foster placements, in residential care and you will be preparing young people for transition to our leaving care service. You will need to provide an aspirational approach to your work with our children and work flexibly and creatively in order to achieve this. You will need to be committed to providing the best possible outcomes for Looked after Children ensure that we are meeting our priorities are identified in the corporate parenting strategy and action plan.
Our commitment to you is that you will receive regular supervision from your line manager and a good offer of training from our work force development. We are a supportive management team and we practice in a supportive way to encourage learning and development and we will work flexibly and creatively with you.
Our service is also absolutely committed to the 7 Corporate Parenting principles and the successful candidate will continue to ensure these principles are embedded across our service delivery and that the voice of children & young people is at the centre of all our planning processes and our service improvements.
If you would like discuss the role or require any further information please contact Phil Bradley, Service Unit Manager Looked after Children on 0161 342 4283 or firstname.lastname@example.org
** This post is classified as being in a professional job category. As such the grade for the job has a professional grade development bar which employees can progress through subject to meeting the following criteria:
1. Relevant professional qualification for the job role at Level 6 or above, AND
2. Minimum of 2 years post qualification experience in the role, AND
3. Maintained membership of a regulated body where this is a requirement to practice in the role where applicable, AND
4. Professional standards practised to the highest expected level.
This post is subject to a DBS disclosure.
Ref No: DPT65
Closing Date: 13th July 2020
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