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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 front-line social work” – Ofsted


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


About the Job:

Social Worker – Court Team

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

Plus a 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 and additional £2000 honorarium for the Court Team

Free car parking pass to local NCP car park

Total starting reward package of up to £46,728 rising to £48.728 within 3 years


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

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