Kinship Social Workers

Job Description

Summary

Kinship is a discreet specialism, within the wider fostering team, which covers special guardianship and connected persons foster care.   This is a great opportunity to join established staff, whose focus is on the assessment and on-going support of kinship carers and developing our practice in a trauma-informed way. You will be joining a highly experienced, dedicated, passionate team of professionals, who have an enviable reputation of delivering high quality assessments.

We are looking for bright, innovative people to join our friendly team and there has never been a better time to join. Experience “EPIC” and find out more about how we empower our people to innovate and collaborate to build stronger communities!

Our offer:

  • Working patterns to fit within your life and commitments, full time (37 hours) or part time role (hours to be agreed). We also offer flexible working options from across Wiltshire including working from home and full-time hours over a compressed fortnight (during the latest government lockdown restrictions, you will be working remotely/from home, unless visits/work requirements are essential)

  • 25 days holiday plus bank holidays, rising to 30 after 5 years’ service, as well as the option to purchase an additional 20 days

  • Provide you with a laptop, so you can work flexibly from any location across the county enabling you to be more effective and flexible in your practice.

  • We have a variety of progression opportunities; including Practice Educator training, CMI accredited leadership programmes and career paths into management.

  • Enable you to use your experience to work innovatively with kinship carers and their families to ensure our children remain safe and well cared for.

  • Locate you within an established and supportive team which includes support workers, child psychologists, ASYE’s, assessing and supervising social workers.

  • We will provide monthly reflective supervision and management feedback in a culture of learning and development.

  • You could benefit from our teaching partnership with Bournemouth University, as there are opportunities to further develop your research based practice.

  • We offer an attractive rewards package, employee wellbeing services and family friendly policies as well as discounted leisure membership, consider a lifestyle change for the better!

About you

As a Social Work England registered social worker, you will possess extensive post qualification experience in children’s services, ideally within either Kinship or Fostering.   An analytical mind, coupled with a passion for kinship work and the ability to carry out good quality assessments is essential. You will be in a role where a sound working knowledge of safeguarding is required.   

You will have evidenced experience of professional and personal development and be looking to build upon this and further your career aspirations within an innovative and truly supportive environment.

Interviews will be held on: Tuesday 17 August 2021

Unless otherwise indicated, all interviews are held virtually on Microsoft Teams or by phone where this is not possible. Candidates will be sent a link before interview to download the Teams App

Find out more and apply

For specific information about this job, please contact Sarah Gray, Assistant Team Manager. Email. SarahV.Gray@wiltshire.gov.uk Telephone: 01225 716868 or Sarah Fraser, Recruitment Consultant. Email. Sarah.Fraser@wiltshire.gov.uk Telephone: 01225 713164

Please download and read the role description carefully before you make your application online by clicking the apply button at the bottom of this web page. If you are submitting a CV please ensure you read our CV and cover letter criteria carefully to avoid your CV being rejected.

We are firmly committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to the principles of inclusion and diversity in both employment and the delivery of services. Read our statement of commitment to equality and inclusion.

The council is a Disability Confident Employer which means we are committed to employing people with disabilities and supporting them throughout their employment with us.

This role is subject to certain successful security checks; please see role description for more information.

EPIC Values

All candidates are assessed against the councils EPIC Values and EPIC culture (available below). Half of all questions during the interview will be based around these. 

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