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"Knowing that the work I do contributes towards improving the lives of Peterborough residents is a real driver for me. Work isn’t just about coming into the office to do the 9 to 5, it’s about wanting to make a real difference. The commitment of my colleagues in working to achieve that goal means there’s always support when you need it and a great team spirit."

Claire M, Children's Services

Social Worker

Job Summary

Contract Type:
Permanent
Working Hours:
Full time
Advert Start Date:
30/09/2019
Advert End Date:
30/11/2019 23:59
Employment Location:
Sand Martin House, Peterborough
Salary:
£31,371 - £34,788
Weekly Hours:
37
Vacancy ID:
103617

Job details 

Closing date:
30 Nov


Further information

We are looking to recruit skilled and experienced social workers to join our busy Children’s Social Care department.

The three areas of children’s social care teams are:

Assessment Teams
There are 3 Assessment Teams in Peterborough, which are fast paced, lively and interesting and would ideally suit Social Workers who are proactive and adaptable, and who have a passion for ensuring that Children and Families in our area receive a positive and timely first experience of our service. The Teams complete Section 17 Child and Family Assessments and carry out S47 investigations, with cases transferring at initial Child in Need meeting or Child Protection Conference. The work is immensely rich and varied day to day and allows for a high level of multi-agency working often to tight timelines

We would expect Social Workers to have a keen appreciation of and the ability to meet statutory timescales throughout all of their work, as well as value the importance of developing effective relationships with children and their families.

Family Safeguarding Teams
Family Safeguarding is the new practice model in Peterborough that has received such positive national coverage and the recognition of the Department for Education

There are 6 Family Safeguarding Teams in Peterborough and they manage complex caseloads of Child in Need, Children in need of Protection, Public Law Outline and care proceedings, focusing on children up to 12. They will all use a Motivational Interviewing approach where workers will act in partnership with children and their families to achieve sustainable change and improved outcomes for children. They are supported in this by a multi-disciplinary team that includes adult mental health workers, drug and alcohol recovery workers, and adult domestic abuse workers, and a bespoke intervention model. This is an exciting and creative time in the social work in these teams, and we would welcome applications from a diverse range of workers to enhance our existing workforce.

Children in Care Teams
There are 2 Children in Care teams in Peterborough, these teams work with children of all ages that are in care. They may be finding adoptive placements for them, or supporting long term fostering plans. There will also be some complex young people in residential care, and a group that we are supporting to return home to family members. Workers will need to have excellent skills in direct work with children and young people, and be committed to robust and timely permanence planning for all these children. We are highly aspirational for our children in care, and would expect workers promote good health, educational achievement and developing positive relationships as the key foundations to a successful future.

To apply please send completed form to socialcarejobs@peterborough.gov.uk

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