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Job Title Senior Social Worker - Reunification
Job reference S55
Department Children & Young People Services Department
Grade SCP 29-32
Pay From: £32,910 To: £35,745 Per Annum plus an additional £4,000 Recruitment & Retention Allowance
Hours 37 Hours Per Week
Closing date 27 October 2021
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Job Description
Be at the Heart of Social Work.

At St Helens Borough Council we are committed to working as an integrated team to deliver the best outcomes for our children.

As part of the Councils continued focus on improving the services we provide to the children, young people and families of St Helens, we have introduced a dedicated service to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children and young people, who are on the edge of care, in care or where there is a risk of placement instability and where there is possible reunification of children and young people with their families. This dedicated service will provide intensive support to children and families, as well as both residential and outreach support and we are looking for committed individuals who really want to make a difference.

As an experienced social worker, you will not be the case holder, however you will be directly responsible for co-ordinating the safe transition of children and young people to return to their families. As part of your role, you will be responsible for assisting children/young people and their families to identify goals, to implement these to work towards reunification and preservation of family. You will work alongside the allocated social worker to lead on the plans for reunification and provide consultation on those plans and interventions, which are identified as required for the children, young people and their family. As part of the Departmental wide adoption of the NSPCC Reunification Framework, you will receive full training and support to embed into your practise, with the absolute aim to deliver the best possible service to our children.

Providing services for and with children and families across the Borough, you will be part of an integrated team at a time of real opportunity for new developments, which will benefit from your ideas and initiative.

You will report to and be supported by the Service Lead, with regular supervision and opportunities for training and development.

You will have an excellent knowledge and an understanding of current issues with families, a thorough practical knowledge of legislation and national policy developments regarding children and young people and their implication of practice. This is a great opportunity for you to benefit from working with the St Helens team and being part of growing the vision for improving services to our most vulnerable children.

In return the service will provide:-

· Regular supervision including induction and appraisal
· Access to management training and development
· Up to 30 days annual leave
· Car user allowance
· Excellent pension scheme

Council employees are required to abide by the ethical standards embodied by the 7 NOLAN principles of conduct in public life. These include selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

We welcome applications from the BAME community.

For an informal discussion, please contact Service Lead, Sue Walker on 07857601692 or
When applying for this vacancy, you have the following options:

For an application form and further details contact:

Ellie Speed
01744 673242
Human Resources, Town Hall, Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1HP

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Job Application Packs
Senior Social Worker Person Specification S55.pdf
Senior Social Worker Job Description S55.pdf
Senior Social Worker Disclosure Application Form S55.pdf
Senior Social Worker Applicant Letter S55.pdf
When requesting an application form please state your name, your address, the job you are interested in and the job reference number. The Council's official job application form must be completed in all cases. CVs should not be submitted as a replacement.