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Job Title Social Worker - Duty
Job reference SSAS3
Department Children & Young People Services Department
Grade 1-10
Pay From: £36,076 To: £44,221 per annum
Hours 37 hours per week
Closing date 05 March 2024
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Job Description
Social Worker, MASH - Duty Team

We are St Helens Borough Council

With our ILACS inspection now over and an increasingly stable workforce it’s a great time to join us! We have a limited number of vacancies remaining.

Located in the heart of the Northwest close to Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire, St Helens is a modernising Council which is passionate and ambitious for the children and families we support, our communities and our workforce. As part of our transformation journey, we continue to build on our progress and put children firmly at the centre of our care. We can only do this because of our highly valued, skilled, and supported workforce. St Helens Borough Council is on a mission to be a leading Council for best practice and an employer of choice for individuals seeking a rewarding role and career.

Working as part of our Duty team at St Helens Borough Council means you will enjoy a wide range of competitive salary and benefits, flexible working, and continuous development at all career stages. We are a strong, resilient Council, that respects and values the individuality and diversity that every employee brings We encourage applications from all sections of the community to enable us to represent the neighbourhoods in which we serve.

Making a difference at St Helens as a Social Worker in Duty.

Joining us as a qualified social worker in Duty means you will be acting as invaluable resource to the team and department working in a diverse, challenging and rewarding environment. If you are a social worker who really likes to make a difference, is keen to develop and is keen to take on the challenge then you can read our full job description and person specification criteria documents for full information along with application submission information.

The role of a duty social worker is both exciting, fast paced and rewarding. You will be working in a team of 5 other social workers and will be always supported by an assistant team manager and team manager, where you will be offered regular formal and informal supervision and support. St Helens practice improvement team also works alongside teams to offer support in developing practice and there will also be lots of training opportunities to develop your practice further and to support achieving your future goals in your career.

The Duty team is made up of 4 teams in total meaning you will be on duty receiving referrals and progressing assessments for children and their families one in every 4 weeks. You will have experience of undertaking child protection investigations, supporting children in need and developing plans to reduce risk and improve outcomes for children and young people. You will work alongside many partners in developing these plans some of which will be the police, health, and education. You will be able to shine and show your excellent communication skills and be great at being organised, your direct work with children will show and demonstrate a child’s lived experience which will be central to your planning and support to families.

This is a great opportunity to join the St Helens team. St Helens is a great place to work so why not see what our colleagues have to say and to discover our full range of in work benefits. Whether you be at the beginning of your career as an ASYE or a more experienced social worker St Helens will have something for you in terms of opportunities and development.

We understand that you may have some questions so if you would like to explore any aspect of this role before applying you are welcome to discuss this with us by submitting an expression of interest request to and a member of the Duty team will be in touch to discuss any questions you might have.

This is a hybrid position with some home working; however, the post will require you to be based at our offices in St Helens and be able to attend the St Helens area regularly as part of your work.

Thank you for your interest in working for us at Children’s Services St Helens Borough Council and we look forward to receiving your application.

This post is subject to Enhanced DBS Disclosure and Social Work England Registration.

Thank you for your interest in working for us.
If you are experiencing issues with applying online, you can contact a member of the team at and a form will be sent to you to complete.

St Helens Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that the Council guarantees an interview to disabled applicants who demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria for the job, as detailed on the Person Specification, and will, for qualifying disabled candidates, make reasonable adjustments within the interview/selection process.

Equality & Diversity
St Helens Council respects and values the individuality that every employee brings. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, who share our values, our commitment to inclusion, and who will help us on our journey to transform our organisation. Further information about Equality & Diversity at St Helens Council can be found here
St Helens Council is a Disability Confident Employer. Disability Confident Employers lead the way in helping to take action that changes attitudes, behaviours, and cultures for the better.

NOLAN Principles of Conduct in Public Life.
All Council employees are required to abide by the ethical standards embodied by the 7 Nolan
Principles: Selflessness, Integrity, Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty, and Leadership.

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Job Application Packs
Application Form- Disclosure post.docx
Social Worker Job Description (4).pdf
Social Worker Person Specification (4).pdf
Applicant Letter.pdf
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