At Salford we are committed to providing the best possible services to our community. The Spirit of Salford shines through all we do, it’s how we describe the resilience and adaptability of the council and the community through any circumstances.
Supporting our families, ensuring our children achieve their full potential and have a great future is what drives our efforts. We are the only North West local authority to have had two consecutive ‘good’ ratings by Ofsted, with our ASYE programme being acknowledged as an area of strength. We strive to become an outstanding authority and are looking for great individuals to help us to achieve our goal.
Will you join our great team in providing the best possible care to our children and families?
This is a really exciting time to join Salford on our journey to outstanding. Our ambition is for all children and their families to benefit from high quality and purposeful relationships with professionals. We want to ensure we create an environment for our Social Workers to deliver the very best services; reduced caseloads and space to deliver interventions is key to outstanding service delivery and these are key priority areas for our Social Work teams.
Joining us now gives you an important role in developing and transforming our practice, strengthening our frontline social work services to deliver the best possible outcomes. Learn about our vision from Zoe Fearon, Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care (Adobe PDF format, 194kb).
You will work directly with children and their carers, effectively managing a caseload with varying degrees of complexity. You will use a range of knowledge, skills and interventions as required for each case. You will work in accordance with national and local policies and procedures, and use the law, regulatory and statutory guidance to inform practice decisions.
You will work with partner agencies and secure access to services, negotiating and challenging other professionals and organisations to provide the help required for vulnerable children and families. You will provide support based on best evidence, which is tailored to meet individual child and family needs and which addresses relevant and significant risks.
You will be based in a Salford high school, working directly with children and their carers using a range of knowledge, skills and interventions as required, in accordance with statutory responsibilities, to secure positive outcomes for children. You will build effective relationships with children, young people and their families enabling full participation in assessment, planning, review and decision making. You will develop good working relationships with staff in schools, particularly the Designated Safeguarding Lead and pastoral teams.
You will effectively manage a limited caseload of complex cases in accordance with statutory responsibilities. You will be responsible for the supervision of qualified social work staff and trainees and contribute to the development of other staff including other social workers. You will effectively manage safeguarding risk including child protection, working within a multi-agency environment, providing a professional social work service. You will secure access to services, negotiating and challenging other professionals and organisations to provide the help required.
You will be responsible for the supervision, support and line management of our residential homes, alongside the current postholder. Working closely alongside Social workers, the Virtual school, our own in-house CAMHS provision, parents, health professionals and the IRO service, you will be responsible for driving forward the development plans of the homes as well as ensuring that the child’s care planning is fluid and regularly reviewed.
You will be responsible for leading the service and will focus on ensuring all work is outcome based and achieved within statutory expectations. You will manage organisational change and development requirements considering internal and external trends and influences, by keeping up to date with all new legislation, guidance and Corporate and Directorate policies and procedures. You will lead on effectively addressing the areas of learning from the Ofsted inspection, to ensure good and outstanding services are in place for all children, young people and families.
We are happy to answer further questions about any of our roles, please use the contacts provided for each vacancy if you would like to arrange an informal chat with a team member.
Our vision is to deliver a better and fairer Salford for all, and that includes our council staff - everyone at the council cares and everyone counts. We are determined to evolve and improve by listening to you. To ensure that we are delivering the best possible service to our families and community, we are now expanding our Children and Families team.
We offer a supportive and nurturing environment which enables individuals to grow as autonomous practitioners. We have adapted our ways of working through the use of technology and provide a blended approach to working with access to a range of office spaces across the city as well a home working. Together we will keep developing ways of working that support you in your role.
Salford has a commitment to the welfare of all staff members, and we offer a comprehensive package of well-being, resilience and support as well as promoting work life balance in all areas. Find out more about the great benefits package that you will access if you join us.
We want you to join us in our journey to expand, adapt and grow as we will fully support you to do the same within your chosen career. Here you will have access to continual professional development, to ensure and evidence registration.
Here are just some of the great development opportunities that you can expect if you join us:
We are committed to developing a culture which respects individuals, appreciates difference and allows everyone regardless of background to reach their full potential. We are proud to be an accredited disability confident employer and a Stonewall Diversity Champion. We understand how hard it can be to combine caring for a loved one with work so we also provide support and flexibility to balance family and caring responsibilities with work. Find out more on our diversity and inclusion page.
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