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Senior Social Worker LBHF118731

Job Details:

Salary range:  £39,462 - £47,568 per annum
Work location: 145 King Street, London, W6 9XY
Hours per week:  36
Contract type:  3 X Permanent
Vetting requirements: Enhanced DBS Checks
Closing date:  This is a rolling advert and applications will be considered as and when received. (We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of suitable applicants.) 

Contact details for an informal discussion:
Katie Harland, Social Work Team Manager on 07467 735461 or via email on KATIE.HARLAND@LBHF.GOV.UK

Advert Text:

We want to appoint exceptional candidates to the role of Senior Social Worker in the Contact and Assessment Service. Hammersmith and Fulham, rated nationally by Ofsted as one of the top Local Authorities, never stops moving forward. Our ambition is to focus even more on increasing the quality of our practice and the work with children, young people and families in order to sustain positive change. As a department, we promote a highly supportive culture that allows you to do what you do best, encompassing individual mentoring, having manageable workloads and clear developmental opportunities. 

The Contact and Assessment Service carry out Child and Family Assessments and implement the initial plans of support to safeguard and promote the welfare of children in the Local Authority. As a Senior Social Worker, you will already be an experienced Social Worker, who practices to consistently high standard and can evidence the ability to manage the most complex cases. Here in Hammersmith and Fulham we pride ourselves on our individualistic approach to supporting children and their families. Through Systemic, family focused intervention we aim to provide holistic support to children and their families to promote sustainable change. 

As a Senior Social Worker, you will be supported through the general direction of a team manager. Alongside managing your case load, you will be supported to explore and consider future developmental opportunities for yourself and for the service as a whole. 

You will need to be registered with the Social Work England (previously HCPC). You will have experience in dealing with child protection enquiries, completing Child and Family assessments and managing timescales. What’s more, you will have in-depth knowledge of delivering children’s services, including a good grasp of the issues and legislation involved. 

Our mission is to be the best council. To do this we need the best people to help build our vision. If you’re looking to develop your career in a fast-paced, professional environment whilst making a difference, then we look forward to hearing from you.

Role Responsibilities:

You will be responsible for providing quality checks, gathering information from various sources, forming recommendations based on a multi-agency risk assessment framework and progressing these accordingly.                                                                                                                                                              

For more information about the role, please refer to the Job Description for more information.

People Values:

How we act defines who we are.  At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’.  We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.

We are fair

We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.

We are caring

We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.

We are collaborators

We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.

We are driven

We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:

Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience. We are looking for people who have the following attributes: 


Complex problem-solving 
The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change. 


Critical thinking 
The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking. You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources. 


You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes. 


People management 
You can get the best out of people. You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. You are clear in your expectations and have exceptional feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals. 


Coordinating with others 
You have the knack of working well with others. You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. You can also recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration. 


Emotional intelligence 
You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. You can recognise motivating factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills. 


Judgement and decision making 
You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement. 


You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level. 


Service orientation 
You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery. Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives. You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives. 


Cognitive flexibility 
The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach. Applying cognitive flexibility to situations of significant change and transformation. 


Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.
Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.
We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.


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