Children, Education and Skills
Newcastle upon Tyne
Senior Practitioner (Social Work)
THIS IS A CATEGORY "E" POST.
Please note that in all cases written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers BEFORE the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise
£41,496 - £44,539 per annum
As we approach our third year of embedding a relational and restorative practice culture across our service, we are looking for motivated, child-centred social workers to join our skilled and passionate workforce. If you want to join a service which is rated good in all areas, and is committed to working with families, rather than doing to them, then Newcastle is the place for you.
We are looking for Social Work Senior Practitioners to join our Children in Care and Care Leavers Service. The Children in Care and Care Leavers Service provide support to children and young people in our care, and those moving on to independence from our care.
Please see the attached documents for more details.
Who we are looking for?
We are passionate about achieving the best outcomes for the children in our city, and you should be too. We are looking for Social Work Senior Practitioners who are committed to working with children, young people, and their families in a relational and restorative way, to be based in one of the five teams who work with our children in care and care experienced young people.
We are lucky enough to have most of our Children’s Social Care teams based in one office, meaning that working relationships are strong and we pride ourselves on our ability to work together in the best interests of children and families. So, we are looking for team players who want to work in an environment that prioritises relationships and champions social work values.
Why Newcastle Children’s Social Care?
In February 2022 Newcastle Children’s Social Care was rated as GOOD across all areas by Ofsted.
“Social workers are positive about working for Newcastle. They feel well supported through their induction and speak of supportive and available managers.”
We are implementing a relational and restorative approach across our service and city to transform how we work with children, families and partners, focusing on strengths and values.
We offer a comprehensive range of training and professional opportunities. Social workers in their ASYE year will be part of our ASYE Hub which provides a targeted development programme as you begin your career with dedicated support and a tailored ASYE programme.
“As an AYSE I felt so supported by Newcastle, the AYSE programme is tailored to help newly qualified social workers move from the role of student to social worker in a way which allows them to grow and develop as a practitioner in a safe and supportive environment” (ASYE Social Worker 2021).
You can hear more about what it is like to work at Newcastle and read our working principles, as well as hear first-hand from our social workers at www.newcastle.gov.uk/csc.
Why we think there’s nowhere better:
• A dedicated 5-day induction
• Generous annual leave in addition to Bank Holidays with the ability to buy additional leave annually
• A range of flexible working options
• A generous Flexi Scheme
• Employee Assistance Programme offering confidential advice and support
• Access to a generous, defined benefit pension scheme
• Access to a home electronics scheme and vehicle leasing scheme
We are committed to protecting and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff to share this commitment. This post is working in regulated activity. If you are successful we will undertake additional recruitment checks which will include a check to see if you have had any criminal convictions, a check of police information and we will check the barred list(s). It is a criminal offence for a barred individual to apply for a job in regulated activity.
As this post involves working with children, vulnerable adults or dealing with sensitive information, written references will be taken up and made available to interviewers before the final selection stage; even if you indicate otherwise.
We are strongly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. The successful applicant will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS disclosure and a range of other recruitment checks.
If you want to know more about the Social Work Senior Practitioner posts, please contact either Natalie Bell, Team Manager or Jayne Noke, Team Manager on 0191 2782700.
Apply online at www.northeastjobs.org.uk, select 'Apply Now' and complete our online application form.
6 December 2022