Social Worker for Children in Care Team

Job Summary
Contract Type:
Working Hours:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
Advert End Date:
Closed for applications on 28/11/2023 23:59
Employment Location:
Sand Martin House
£36,648 to £40,221
Weekly Hours:
Vacancy ID:
Closing date:
28 Nov
Further Information

Peterborough City Council’s Children in Care Service are looking for a Social Worker to join the team.

The post offers the chance to establish close and meaningful relationships with children and young people, to be creative and passionate about their goals and aspirations. Contribute to high quality service delivery, further develop strong partnership and cross service working and innovate and build on the good practice that is already in place.

The teams work with young people from 0-18 with a substantial number of children with plans of adoption, siblings groups and unaccompanied asylum seeking young people. We also support ongoing creative planning for possible reunifications for children within their birth families.

In addition, we can offer you:

· A competitive *salary plus generous retention payments
· A relocation package up to £8,000 (T&Cs apply)
· Excellent pension scheme
· Agile working
· Superb career progression opportunities
· A wide range of training and CDP including opportunities for qualifications as a Practice Educator and Age Assessor
· Flexible Working Arrangements inc. 9 day working fortnight
· Generous Annual Leave

* salary grade subject to experience

Working within the children in care teams you will develop relationships with children, who are looked after, focusing on their progress and ensuring the have the support they require.

Social workers, within the children in care teams, work with the leaving care team, where they assist young people with the transition to adulthood and living independently.

We have stable and supportive management team who are aspirational for children in care. The team are compassionate with a great sense of community.

An Ofsted focused visit in Summer 2021 found:

· ‘The local authority’s quality of placement matching is an area of strength'.

· ‘Senior leaders and social workers understand children's experiences' and consider 'their views, needs, wishes and feelings'. In addition, social workers apply 'thoughtful and thorough placement planning and help carers understand children's needs'.

· Senior leaders have a 'clear understanding and knowledge of practices, experiences, and children's progress in care'.

· Social workers have manageable caseloads and are equipped with the tools needed, including suitable technology.

The successful candidate will have:

· A social work qualification and current SWE registration
· A good understanding of the legislative and regulatory frameworks of multi-agency statutory children’s services.
· Excellent interpersonal skills including being able to work directly with children of all ages.
· An understanding of the importance of stability for Looked After Children and ability to progress Care Plans.
· Good self-awareness and ability to be reflective.
· Great team working skills.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of this role, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Lauren Smith, Team Manager, 07920160373

There has never been a better time to work for our council. An explosion of growth is taking place in Peterborough which will benefit everyone who lives, works and spends time here.

Peterborough’s new university opened its doors last year, with phases two and three in progress, and a new government hub at Fletton Quays opened its doors earlier this year, with a Hilton Hotel with rooftop bar opening soon.

Plans are afoot for many other city centre sites, including the railway station which the city council has received £48million from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund to redevelop, and a new city centre hub and footbridge across the embankment, as part of a number of projects being funded by the Government’s Towns Fund.

Peterborough’s time really is now.

This is a rolling campaign, and we will review applications daily so please don't wait for the closing date to apply. Candidates will be progressed shortly after they apply, and the opportunity will be filled as soon as we identify a suitable candidate, which may be before the closing date. So please don't hesitate, apply today.

Appointment to this post will be subject to the outcome of an Enhanced Disclosure obtained through the Disclosure and Barring Service. The Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Peterborough and want our workforce to reflect this diversity, which we believe is beneficial for our employees, the organisation and the communities we serve.

Please note
This job is closed for applications.