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Job Title Social Worker - Edge of Care
Job reference SSAS10
Department Children & Young People Services Department
Grade SCP 23-32
Pay From: £27,741 To: £35,745 Per Annum plus an additional £4,000 Recruitment & Retention Allowance
Hours 37 Hours Per Week
Closing date 01 December 2021
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Job Description
Be at the Heart of Social Work

The Edge of Care service is looking to expand and build on the existing success, in maintaining children in their family unit. This dedicated service provides intensive interventions from an integrated team working with children, with the overall aim of reducing risk to children and keeping them at home with their family. This is a great opportunity for you to join a developing team and to be part of growing the vision for improving services to our most vulnerable children.

Why work for the Edge of Care Team?

• You will have a capped case load of 14 children, subject to child protection planning.
• You will be part of an integrated team including Family Group Conferences, Family Intervention Worker, Therapeutic Parenting and Reunification social workers
• Regular group supervisions including all team members supporting the family.
• Since the service began, we have supported 81 children (45 families), of these only 12 have become children we look after, showing the success rate of 87.5% children remaining with their families.
• The service gains regular positive feedback in terms of the interventions and work completed with audits showing 68% of good/outstanding practice.
• Great support from Managers and Senior Managers
• Competitive salary (£27,741 - £35,745 per annum with £4,000 recruitment and retention allowance)
• The service is based in the Edge of Care Hub, Fourway’s.
• As a service we are continuing to look at ways to develop and build for the benefit of the children and families we are supporting.

Why work for St Helens?

We are a strong, resilient Council, that respects and values the individuality and diversity that every employee brings to the Council. We offer:

• Free car parking at the office base, Atlas House
• Essential care user allowance subject to criteria being met
• Newly refurbished office space, creating a positive, open working environment – see our fantastic video
• Hybrid way of working involving working from home with occasional working in our agile hub at Atlas House
• Staff employee discounts including Health Care Cash Plans, and opportunity to join The Company Shop
• Fantastic training opportunities, offering virtual and face to face training to all staff
• Successful ASYE training and support package
• Opportunity to purchase additional leave
• Signs of Safety model of working
• Attractive salary and relocation package
• Progression opportunities and career pathway
• Excellent pension scheme
• Supportive retirement planning
• Equal Opportunities employer welcoming applicants from the BAME community

The successful candidate will be:-

· Social Work qualified
· Have at least 2 years post qualifying experience
· Have experience and knowledge of associated legislation
· Have a commitment to anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice
. A vision and passion providing a targeting response to children and young people identified at the Edge of Care.

Working in St Helens:

With its mix of glorious countryside covering 55% of the Borough, quality culture and entertainment and first-class sport, St. Helens has something for everyone.

Located at the heart of England’s North West - midway between the cosmopolitan cities of Liverpool and Manchester, and within a 90-minute drive of the Lake District. St. Helens has a varied and growing affordable residential offer, ranging from town centre apartments to urban villages and rural located executive and family homes. Schools in the Borough obtain strong exam results and are experiencing year on year increases in performance. In short, St. Helens offers a quality of life that few locations can.

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 Sue Walker, Service Lead, Edge of Care on; 07857601692
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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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Social Worker Job Description.pdf
Social Worker Applicant Letter.pdf
Social Worker Disclosure Application Form.pdf
Social Worker Person Specification.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.