Description

Social Worker/Senior Social Worker – First Response Team

Ref: 18989

Location: Harrow Civic Centre

Directorate: People Services

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Hours: 36 hours

Closing Date: 04/10/2020

Interview Dates: TBC

Salary Range: £32,100 - £42,429 plus £1,500 market supplement per annum, Harrow Car User allowance and car parking space.

Overview

Come and be part of our new, exciting team - help forge our success from the very start, ensuring our children and families are assessed promptly and receive the right service the first time, after assessment. Our First Response Team will operate at the front door with a robust assessment function to assess the needs of the children and families of Harrow. A highly experienced team who work under the evidence based model towards improving the outcomes for children and young people.

About us

Harrow Council is the 12th largest London borough by and one of the most culturally diverse local authorities in the UK, making it a great place to live, work and visit. Located 10 miles from the city centre and just 13 minutes to Euston from Harrow & Wealdstone station there are great transport links via the Metropolitan Line, Watford DC Line and national rail service. It is easily accessible to the M1, M25 and A406.

About you

As a team, experienced Managers and Social Workers, you will be closely supported by Morning Lane Associates working under a systemic family therapy model to ensure we meet the needs of children and families.    

You’ll be in the right place to see first-hand at least 2 of the exciting  workplace initiatives Harrow’s involved with, and benefit from a £1m investment in technology to support our front line workers.

What you will bring:

  • A proven track record, experience of working and managing a caseload of child in need, child protection and assessing complex children and young people’s needs in Children’s Services.
  • Social Work qualification Dip SW, BA (Hons) and/or Masters in Social Work.
  • Enthusiastic to work within a team and independently with a manageable caseload and a good level of opportunities for career progression and training.
  • Demonstrate an ability to build high quality relationship with children and families and across Children’s Services with internal and external partners.
  • Managing a caseload of children in need and child protection
  • Chairing professional meetings and managing plans
  • Conducting S47 risk assessments jointly with partner agencies
  • Presenting cases to child protection conferences
  • Completing Single Assessments within timescales

The post is subject to enhanced DBS disclosure.

For additional information please refer to the Role Profile/ Selection Criteria.

Our values

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are:

  • Be courageous
    • We are ambitious about what's possible, challenging the status quo and ready to step up and accept a challenge.  
      We make brave decisions to achieve success, delivering on our promises and inspiring others to 'Think Big'.
  • Do it together
    • We build strong, effective relationships across the organisation, sharing our knowledge and breaking down silos.
    • We listen to others opinions to inform decision making and seek opportunities to drive collaboration with those that share our outcome.
    • We value diversity and always treat others with empathy and respect.
  • Make it happen
    • We are outcomes focused, setting clear objectives within a framework and articulating what success looks like.  
    • We are decisive, agile and quick to act.  We know what to do and have the conviction to do it.  
    • We break down barriers and enable others to be more effective.

Other information

  • Support for candidates visit: gov.uk
  • Our behavioural indicators roles below G11and above G11
  • Here at Harrow Council, the vision is one of 'Working together to make a difference for Harrow'.

Important Note

Diverse teams really are the best teams. We know that candidates (especially women, research tells us) may be put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box. We also know that ‘normal’ office hours aren’t always doable, and while we can’t accommodate every flexible working request, we are happy to be asked. So, if you are excited about working with us and think you can do much of what we are looking for but aren’t sure if you are 100% there yet… why not give it a whirl? Please note that sometimes we may close a job earlier for applications if we are inundated with amazing candidates... Good luck!

HARROW REDEPLOYEES WILL BE GIVEN PRIORITY CONSIDERATION

We particularly welcome female applicants, individuals under 25 years of age, those from the BAME community, LGBT applicants and disabled applicants, as they are under-represented within Harrow Council at this level. Appointment will always, however be made on merit.

Role Profile/Selection Criteria

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