Social Workers, Children’s Services – Northamptonshire County Council

Job Category: Social Care
Reference HQ00018254
Service Northamptonshire County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration Ongoing
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Hours per week 37
Rate From £32.00 to £36.00 per hour

About the job:

We are seeking a number fully experienced Qualified Social Workers to deliver social work services to young people and families to ensure the welfare of children and young people is safeguarded and they are protected in accordance with the legal and statutory obligations of Northamptonshire County Council.

The available roles are based in Safeguarding Team in Northampton or Corby, or Looked After Children in Kettering and Northampton.

The role will pay up to £36 per hour, depending of the experience,  and we offer accommodation up to £150 per week toward accommodation if reside 60 miles or more from the place of work.


  • Carry out Initial, Core and other specialised assessments as per national guidelines and within prescribed timescales in order to formulate support plans for service users and co-ordinate their implementation or refer the case to the appropriate service area for support to child/family.
  • Manage cases, organise packages of support to service users, assess levels of risk to their health and wellbeing and, in conjunction with them and their families /carers, monitor and review their situations so that support can be adjusted as appropriate to their needs.
  • Work directly with family members providing advice and guidance. Work to empower service users, promote their participation in planning and evaluation of services to increase their levels of self-sufficiency, competence and to facilitate independence from social service assistance.
  • Liaise with and take a professional lead in involving appropriate staff and agencies and cases and arrange for contact as necessary to meet the needs of service users and within the remit of the County Council. Take initiative in establishing resource, for instance, group work programmes and specialist counselling to meet the needs of service users.
  • Attend and participate in multidisciplinary teams and meetings, planning reviews with colleagues and relevant professional staff to assist and analyse the needs of service users and to plan care programmes in accordance with those needs.
  • Ensure all information and reports relevant to work carried out is recorded, updated and completed in an efficient and timely manner and according to Directorate/legislative policies and procedures so that decisions made and acted upon are fully evidenced and provide sufficiently for audit, court or any other legitimate purpose.
  • Give written/verbal evidence in court/adoption/fostering panels when required to do so, carry out all necessary planning and assessments related to proceedings in conjunction with relevant professionals, and provide and deliver evidence to support decisions and recommendations made by social services to safeguard children at risk.
  • Implement actions agreed by the courts to ensure the safety and wellbeing of service users within the specified time frame. This could be instant removal of children from their home and placement in an appropriate care or foster home or less immediate actions to secure their wellbeing and to link with colleagues in other agencies to enable successful partnership working within a climate of mutual respect.
  • Demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behavioural, physical, social and welfare needs.
  • Carry out any other duties which fall within the broad spirit, scope and purpose of this job description and which are commensurate with the grade of the post.
  • At least 3 years’ experience of managing court work (*we are able to accommodate a role in LAC team if no court work for a lower rate) so you can attend the court autonomously.
  • Knowledge of current legislation relating to role such as the Children Act, Human Rights, Health and Safety, Every Child Matters, Care Matters, the Public Law Outline etc.
  • Knowledge and experience of child protection policies and procedures demonstrated though significant practice experience.
  • Awareness of the professional and ethical context of the work and the organisation. – Excellent written and verbal communication skills including ability to use word and excel to produce reports carry out correspondence and keep accurate records
  • Knowledge and understanding of using appropriate assessment tools and research.
  • Excellent organisational ability.
  • The ability to travel effectively to various locations at short notice.
  • Be able to represent the department effectively in the public arena.
  • Able to demonstrate a clear understanding of and commitment to Health & Safety and a willingness to undertake training to enable implementation of procedures.
  • Ability to demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behaviour, physical, social and welfare needs.
  • CQSW/CSS DipSW/Degree in Social Work or Home Office letter of Recognition, or equivalent.
  • This post requires satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service clearance
  • HCPC registration
  • £400 ‘Golden Hello’ payment for new social workers (subject to terms and conditions)
  • Holiday entitlement of up to 31 days per annum, pro rata (including bank holidays)
  • 3% pension contribution from employer
  • Mileage – 45p per mile
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  • Opportunity to apply for social work roles across the East of England
  • Consultants based on site within Angel Square
  • Central location

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