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Social Worker (Family Solutions Plus) OCC43134

Job details


Salary range: £31,346 - £37,890 per annum

Work location: North and South Oxfordshire

Hours per week: 37 - we are open to discussions about flexible working 

Contract type: Permanent and Temporary

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 role is subject to a Criminal Records Check. Please note that under safer recruitment requirements, references will be requested prior to interview. 



Oxfordshire County Council is looking to recruit experienced Social Workers for the exciting new Family Solutions Plus teams




Getting it right for children and families


Oxfordshire County Council is committed to helping children and families lead better lives. That’s not just something we say; it’s who we are and what we do.


We’ve been consistently rated as “good” by Ofsted, but we are not content with that; we are ambitious and want to do even better! At a time when many local authorities are facing financial cuts, Oxfordshire has made significant investments into children’s services, to support the implementation of a new, transformational model - Family Solutions Plus (FSP). We’re transforming the way we help our frontline social workers support our children and families to get the best outcomes possible for each and every child and family we work with.


Please watch the following videos to learn more about us:


We recently hosted a webinar, a recording of which you can watch by clicking here.



A message from Hannah Farncombe - Deputy Director of Children’s Social Care


"Our new way of working in Oxfordshire will bring swift help to families, delivered by workers who really get to know and understand them. Children’s interests are at the forefront of our hearts and minds, but we’re also creating teams in which practitioners get to do the quality work they only dreamt of doing in other authorities. We have great staff and managers and I want to continue attracting the best recruits to our service."



Our new approach


Family Solutions Plus will be comprised of locality-based, multi-disciplinary teams of professionals including specialist adult practitioners, working together to support children and their families. Our new teams bring together Social Workers, Children’s Practitioners, and adult mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse workers to work collaboratively to achieve best outcomes for children and families.


Motivational interviewing is at the heart of our new model; we are committed to engaging families using a strength-based, solution-focused approach. Our practice model will use a single structured ‘workbook’ approach to assess parents’ capacity for change, reducing the volume of recording for social workers.


All practitioners will participate in regular group supervision led by managers, so that risk is assessed, tackled and owned collectively.


The development of our new FSP teams has created a number of vacancies; we are looking for Social Workers, Team Managers and Assistant Team Managers to join us and help shape and deliver our teams; it’s a really exciting time to join us!



About the role


We’re looking for passionate and motivated social workers who are excited by new approaches to delivering support to families and children to join us on our journey in one of our pioneering new Safeguarding teams.

You’ll bring with you a proven track record of safeguarding work with children in need of help and protection alongside sound knowledge of services relevant to children, young people, families, carers, groups and partner agencies. A Social Work Qualification and registration with Social Work England, with relevant post-qualifying experience are essential for this role.

Please click here to read the full Job Description and Person Specification



Your development


Oxfordshire Children’s Services has invested in significant training and professional development to help our teams develop good quality restorative relationships with the families they work with. Through our Social Care Academy, we offer our social care practitioners outstanding, aspirational learning and development opportunities to ensure that everyone is enabled to reach their true potential and thrive in their careers. These might be anything from training to reflective coaching, aimed at developing the knowledge and skill that helps individuals to follow their chosen career pathway. We recognise that social care can be fast paced and challenging so we want to promote well-being through learning too.



Our benefits offer


We are committed to ensuring that our social care workforce has the right support to enable them to be safe and well in their work and to continue providing high quality support to children and families.


Our benefits for Social Workers include:


  • Competitive salary from £31,346 - £37,890 per annum
  • Golden Hello – a welcome bonus of £3,500 for experienced social workers
  • Relocation allowance of up to £8,000
  • Annual leave allowance starting at 29 days per year (plus bank holidays)
  • Professional sabbatical
  • Pension - up to 20% employer contribution
  • Flexible working – full or part time hours available and agile working policy
  • Childcare vouchers, cycle to work scheme, staff discount scheme for a range of retailers, holidays, insurance, restaurants, health & leisure activities and rail travel



Interested in joining us?


You can quickly and easily register your interest by clicking the Apply Now button. You can also contact us by emailing workforus@oxfordshire.gov.uk. We are a locality-based service, delivering early help and social work support to families in the areas where they live; if you have a preferred workplace location within the County, please state this on your application. At present, the majority of vacancies are in the South of Oxfordshire. 


The online application form 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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