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Job Title Social Worker - Duty Team.
Job reference SSCH5
Department Children & Young People Services Department
Grade SCP 23-32
Pay From: £32,226 To: £40,371 Per Annum
Hours 37 Hours Per Week
Closing date 01 June 2022
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Job Description
Life Beyond Work

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.

Working for St.Helens Borough Council
* We are a strong, resilient Council, that respects and values the individuality and diversity that every employee brings to the Council.
* We seek to create a positive, open and working environment.
* Attractive salary and relocation package
* Excellent pension scheme
* Essential car user allowance is available subject to criteria being met
* Free car parking

We welcome applications from newly qualified Social Workers and will provide you with a structured programme of training, mentoring and support. In addition, during your assessed and supported year of employment (ASYE) we offer a reduced and protected caseload and additional reflective supervision.

You will be given plenty of opportunities to develop your skills, knowledge and practice whilst ensuring we maintain the highest safeguarding standards and quality.

Working for Children & Young People Services:

The service has embarked on a wide range of improvement work to improve outcomes for children and families.

You will work to help support the effective and timely delivery of appropriate intervention and support services to children and their families, following receiving referrals from the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub. You will be required to undertake assessments to identify levels of need for children and families, and then formulate plans for children for support. You will respond to initial child protection enquiries and provide immediate support to those children at immediate risk of harm, working in close partnership with the police and a wide range of professionals. Working in a duty team the work is fast paced and will provide you with a range of skills in assessment, care planning and working closely with other professional colleagues in supporting children and families.

You will work in a 4-week duty cycle, supporting children and their families up until either their second child in need meeting, first child protection plan, or you may indeed decide to support a step down to a lead professional in early help.

The successful applicant will:
- Be committed to continuous professional development and practice improvement
- Possess good analytical, assessment and planning skills
- Have the ability to engage children and families
- Have the ability to effectively engage other professionals

This Authority is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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

In line with our new ways of working, this role is hybrid and will involve working from home with occasional working in our agile hub at Atlas House in St Helens Town Centre.

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 applicants from the BAME community.

For an informal discussion please contact by email either Jo Bibby, Head of MASH, Duty & EDT at
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Job Application Packs
Social Worker Job Description.pdf
Social Worker Applicant Letter.pdf
Social Worker Person Specification.pdf
Social Worker Disclosure Application Form.pdf
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