Kent County Council
There will be cases to challenge you, but you’ll be able to deal with them.
Please note the shortlisting for this role will be based on your reason for application.
About the role
You will be supported with good quality supervision, and have excellent opportunities for professional development to manage a varied and complex caseload working with children and their families. We’ll support you to consolidate your skills and knowledge through secondments with a cross-section of social work teams. You’ll develop areas of specialist practice, and bring your professional expertise to high profile and sensitive cases. As a role model for good practice and champion for your area of expertise, you’ll set performance expectations, striking a balance between support and oversight. As well as coaching and mentoring less experienced staff, you’ll have the opportunity to act as a Practice Assessor for ASYE and student social workers.
You’ll share your knowledge and experience with the team in a number of ways, including assisted fieldwork, court attendance, case audits and reviews, as well as chairing complex meetings. In addition, you’ll lead working groups and multi-agency forums to contribute to the development of new initiatives.
With a degree in social work – CQSW, DipSW or equivalent – you must be registered with the appropriate professional body and should have substantial and varied post-qualification experiences of working with children and families. Your experience should cover systemic practice, and you will need an in-depth understanding of legislative and policy frameworks, along with a willingness to learn and develop as a practitioner; being a team player is essential in any social work team.
In return, we offer an attractive benefits package, a competitive salary and a range of professional development opportunities including the exciting social care academy and routes for progression. A new practice framework and integrated working environments, with an ability to explore the breadth of children social care
We want the best for the children of Kent, and this can only be delivered as a team effort with everyone playing their part. So we’re creating a culture that fosters excellence and collaboration – a place where social workers are empowered to be creative and share ideas and advice. And, with Ofsted rating our services as “good”, Kent County Council’s Children’s Services teams are working together, stronger than ever, to deliver strengthened services and improved outcomes.
Kent is a large and diverse county, offering a broad range of challenges and opportunities to support children and young people from a variety of backgrounds and circumstance. Our Senior Practitioners also have the opportunity to work across a range of locations and environments, and to be seconded to or move to other teams. They’re able to take on new challenges, and experience more opportunities to develop and progress.
The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Kent and beyond to transport children and their belongings and be available to do so in an emergency. You should note that public transport is rarely a viable option as your role will involve you transporting people and equipment to venues in very rural areas, often with limited public transport.
This post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Application to the Disclosure and Barring Service and up to date registration with the appropriate professional body as a qualified Social Worker.
This post is considered by KCC to be a customer-facing position. The Council therefore has a statutory duty under Part 7 of the Immigration Act (2016) to ensure that post holders have a command of spoken English/Welsh sufficient for the effective performance of the job requirements. The appropriate standards are set out in the Job Description/Person Specification.
Applications will be reviewed on a weekly basis. Please do not re-apply if you have been interviewed for this post in the last six months.