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Social Worker OCC263532

Job details


Salary range: £31346 - £37890

Work location: Knights Court, Oxford, OX43LX

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

Contract type: Temporary for 9-12 months

Closing date: Sunday 28th November 2021

Interview date: Wednesday 1st December 2021


Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check


We have an exciting opportunity for one full-time social worker to join Children We Care for Team 1 on a temporary basis to cover maternity leave.

About us


We are a team who are passionate about safeguarding and improving the outcomes for the Children we Care for. It's an exciting time to join us as we have recently become a specialist team supporting young people from the ages of 0-18 years.


We make time for individuals and time for the team by prioritising regular supervision, clinical supervisions and "coffee corners" to provide a supportive and reflective space. We promote a learning culture and are committed to continuous professional development. 


Here are some comments from team members:


"we are a welcoming team and have a range of experience so enjoy learning from each other"

"we are very supportive team that look after each other and we do create the space to think reflectivity about our practice"

"I think the team is really supportive and proactive in making time for reflective practice. But as a NQSW, the best bit for me is working in a team where it feels ok to ask questions. I've never been made to feel like my questions are stupid or I'm wasting someone's time. It's a really supportive learning environment"


About the role


You will be working with children who, after full assessment, are deemed to need permanent care away from their own home, or a significant period of substitute care, whether subject to care orders, placement orders or accommodated under Section 20.


About you


We are looking for a reflective practitioner, who can share our passion and dedication to supporting the young people we care for. We would like them to be ambitious and proactive when care/pathway planning. Someone who can be create and flexible to prioritise the needs of the individual they are supporting.


The young people need a strong advocate who will ensure their voice is central in all our work.


We are also looking for someone who understands why Quality assurance is important for our Service Users and can provide an efficient high standard service.

Rewards and benefits


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.


We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.

Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria


For an informal discussion about the role please contact Joanne Morton at joanne.morton@oxfordshire.gov.uk  

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 selection criteria, 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 using Recruitment Application Enquiry Form.

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion


At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for staff.


Our commitment to safeguarding


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 these commitments.


Guaranteed interviews


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. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.


We are open to discussions about flexible working.


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