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Experienced Children's Social Worker - Family Solutions and Assessment (South) OCC6806

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Salary range: £32,029 - £36,876 pro-rata, per annum (depending on experience) plus £3,500 welcome payment for Social Workers with sufficient post-qualifying experience. Up to £8,000 Relocation package

Work location: Oxfordshire

Hours per week: Full and part time - flexible working options considered

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: This is an open-ended advert and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as and when received.The advert will close once we are able to fill the positions. We therefore strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible.


Vetting Requirements: This post is subject to a Criminal Records Check. Please note that under safer recruitment requirements, references will be requested prior to interview.




We are looking for ambitious, experienced children’s social workers to join Oxfordshire County Council’s care service, which is at the forefront of national best practice and rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.



About the role


There is an opportunity for talented social workers to join our Family Solution and Assessment teams in Abingdon and Didcot, who are ready to advance their careers and gain experience working in a social work team that listens to you.


All applicants should be as passionate as we are about protecting children, and giving them the best start in life, putting children and families at the heart of decision-making.


We know our work can be fast-paced, challenging, and demanding. That’s why we provide a safe, supportive, positive working environment with flexible working options to help staff achieve a good balance between work and other aspects of their lives.



Job purpose


To work with children, families, other agencies and the community to improve the lives of children and families, enabling them to be independent, safe and remain together where possible, receiving the right intervention and support when needed.



Successful applicants will have:


  • Social Work qualification and Social Work England registration
  • Experience of handling complex children and families court cases and/or experience of Section 47 investigations
  • Breadth of experience, including managing, monitoring and chairing children’s plans; coordinating multi-agencies, writing excellent, accurate and concise reports and engaging with and building relationships with children and families
  • Understanding of the impact of abuse, social deprivation and disadvantage on children, young people and their families
  • Knowledge of children’s social care theory, legislation and practice in relation to working in a statutory children's setting
  • Knowledge and understanding of the application of safeguarding principles and a good understanding of the nature of the work and the difficult and complex decisions required to promote a child's welfare
  • Ability to produce concise and accurate written work including reports and case records to deadline
  • Ability to analyse information and make appropriate decisions and judgments for the welfare of children and young people.
  • Experience of working within a statutory childcare setting which could include a placement.
  • Ability to make the best use of the knowledge, support and expertise of managers, colleagues and other professionals
  • Resilience with the ability to manage the emotional impact of the work, actively making use of appropriate support
  • Ability to integrate and apply social work knowledge, values and skills to practice situations in a purposeful, intentional, ethical and professional manner to promote well-being
  • Ability to act with integrity and impartiality, promoting a working environment that supports the Council’s values
  • Satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Ability to travel to and access a variety of premises
  • Ability to safely transport children and families to venues across the county
  • Flexibility in working arrangements/hours to meet operational requirements including responding to emergencies



We are easily commutable from many locations including Newbury, North London, Reading. Applications from non-registered returners to Social Work are welcome.



In return, we can offer you:


  • Relocation package of up to £8,000 to support a move to Oxfordshire
  • Golden hello payment of £3,500
  • Manageable caseloads in a service rated ‘good’ by Ofsted
  • Supportive and inclusive team where you will be empowered to make good professional decisions supported by regular supervision
  • Wide variety of learning & development, coaching & mentoring and career development opportunities through our learning zone
  • Staff discount scheme for a range of retailers; holidays; insurance; eating out; health & leisure activities and rail travel
  • 24 – 32 days annual leave each year and an excellent pension scheme, with employer contributions of up to 20% of salary


To find out more, please visit Oxfordshire County Council Social Work Careers and discover 37.5 great reasons to work for our Social Care teams.



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To talk to us about our vacancies, or arrange to visit one of our teams, please contact Karen Fox, Team Manager, on 07785 453296.



Application procedure


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the role requirements, as specified in the job posting. You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory. 


If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, please contact the Recruitment Team at occ.recruitment@hants.gov.uk 



Our Organisation 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.


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 


All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.


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