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Social Worker - Court Team
 
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The London borough of Sutton “is uncompromising in its focus on improving quality of frontline social work” – Ofsted


Ofsted  announced in February 2017 that the provision of children’s services in Sutton has been rated as ‘Good’. 


London Borough of Sutton works closely with Kingston University and regional partners as part of the Developing Together Social Work Teaching Partnership (SWTP). The partnership offers staff a wide range of pre and post qualifying education opportunities to promote continuous learning and development. This includes staff being encouraged to support the practice education of Social Work students and those in the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE). Staff are also given the opportunity to attend conferences, workshops and have access to research and practice resources to support their ongoing professional development


About the Job:

Social Worker – Court Team

Social Workers within this service have the option to be based at home however do need to attend the main office for operational needs (professional meetings, team meetings, undertaking duty, training,etc.)

Salary – (Grade 8): £33,291 - £42,684 

Plus welcome bonus of £1000 and a retention payment of £1000 in the first year, £2000 in the second year and £3000 a year thereafter  

Plus £2000 a year Court team Honorarium

Whole package totals up to £48,728


Sutton’s Court Team provides a specialist service to Children within care proceedings, working closely with Courts to secure their safety and wellbeing through the means of permanency.


As a social worker within the Court Team you will be responsible for a  reduced caseload of children subject to proceedings who may either be looked after or living at home. Your role will include the undertaking of all tasks associated with working with Children under statutory frameworks, whilst ensuring compliance with Court direction, providing the Court with child focussed evidence and analysis in order to achieve the best outcomes.


The borough prides itself on engaging with children and young people, and this is no different in the Court team with the expectation of staff undertaking direct work with children to elicit their voice and to give age appropriate clarity and reassurance.


Court social workers will also have the opportunity to develop skills by the undertaking of  a variety of assessments including viability, parenting and together and apart assessments.


The offer:

A modern and flexible working environment for our staff allowing you to work flexibly from multiple locations, remotely from your mobile/tablet using Google Mail and Apps which are a key enabler for collaborative and streamlined working. All our social workers also benefit from manageable caseloads and a culture of strong supportive management and autonomy. 


Other flexible working options include time off in lieu (TOIL) and working from home to write reports and to meet tight timescales. We can also offer a 9 day fortnight flexible working pattern equivalent to an extra 26 days off a year.


About You:

We welcome applications from experienced child protection practitioners with a clear ability to write comprehensively, speak with clarity and are able to deliver analysis based on evidence and research. 


Our culture of strong, accessible and supportive management will provide you with good regular supervision and the opportunity to take part in restorative supervision and case discussions. There are also opportunities to undertake specific training such as PAMS assessments, Parenting assessments, ABE training and practice teaching.



The offer includes:

  • A competitive salary

  • A £1000 one-off welcome payment*

  • A £1000 annual retention payment in the first year, £2000 retention payment in the second year and £3000 a year thereafter* 

  • An annual leave entitlement of up to 32 days

  • Reimbursement of your annual Social Work Engalnd registration

  • Free car parking pass

  • Fuel allowance

  • Use of Zip car scheme

  • Subsidised gym memberships

  • Discounts in local shops

  • Season ticket loan

  • Parking allocation

  • Introduce a friend scheme


 

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Sutton's Expression of Leadership

*Please note some bonuses are only suitable for those appointed on point 30 and above

COVID-19) - information for job applicants

 

Given the ongoing situation, we have not set a closing date for this job vacancy. We are unable to currently advise when interviews will be arranged. We feel that this is the correct and responsible decision to make in these exceptional circumstances in view of:·

 

  •  increased demand on the time of the council staff in response to the pandemic

     

     

  •  the need to support more vigilant public health measures.

     

     

 

 

We appreciate that applicants will want further information. However, as this is an unprecedented situation, arrangements for undertaking these interviews will require careful consideration.We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

 

Intended Closing Date: 23rd July 2020

Intended Interview Date: TBC

 

The London Borough of Sutton is Disability Confident Committed.  We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role and ensure that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible

 

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