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Social Worker / Senior Social Worker, Violence, Vulnerability and Exploitation Team

Ref: 26188

Location: Harrow Council

Directorate: People Service

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Hours: 36 hours

Closing Date: 07/12/2021

Interview Dates: TBC

Salary Range: £32,100 - £42,429


This is an exciting opportunity to work with young people who are vulnerable to violence and exploitation in Harrow. You will be a member of a team dedicated to working with young people to understand their vulnerabilities, lived experience and factors that increase the risks to their safety and wellbeing.  This includes young people who are at risk of sexual and or criminal exploitation, are affiliated with gangs or anti-social behaviour.

You will be required to carry out skilled direct work and interventions with our young people and their families to reduce risks and harm, develop trusted relationships and positive engagement that will support and encourage young people in achieving their full potential and improve their life chances.

Your role is key in safeguarding young people and their families as part of Harrow’s developing Contextual Safeguarding Approach.  You will therefore be required to demonstrate creativity, resilience and be adaptable in your approach to meeting the needs of our young people.  

Harrow have been rated good by Ofsted and have recently participated in an external Adolescent Safeguarding Peer Review. This review again confirmed that social workers know their children well, demonstrate effective work with parents, and that quality of management oversight and quality assurance is very good. Social workers are well supported by leaders through systemic 1 to 1 and group supervision.

About us

Harrow Council is the 12th largest London borough 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

We will always want to do more and achieve better for our young people, such is our aspiration. We therefore seek applications from committed professional and dynamic practitioners who have experience in the following: 

  • Experience of managing a complex caseload and delivering intensive outreach intervention with young people at high risk of becoming involved in group related offending, serious youth violence including gangs and child criminal exploitation, child sexual exploitation; and/or who are missing, vulnerable and exploited
  • Experience of working with children and young people (and their families) who have complex needs and who may be “hard to reach”.
  • Experience of safeguarding vulnerable children and young people, working in partnership with other key agencies to share intelligence, carry out skilled interventions, make recommendations and care planning.
  • Be able to work with complexities in responding to the changing need of communities and have a good working knowledge of the contextual safeguarding approach
  • Experience of co-ordinating and delivering support through good quality child in need plans child protection and court work all effectively formulated to meet individual children’s needs
  • You will care about children and will consistently ensure that their voice is represented throughout your work
  • Working knowledge of all statutory duties and responsibilities relating to children and families, including:
  1. Legislative Framework
  2. Statutory Guidance and Standards
  3. Government Objectives and Initiatives

The following also applies for all applicants:

  • Have a Social Work qualification i.e. CQSW, DipSW or equivalent.
  • Be registered with the Social Work England as a Social Worker.

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

Other information

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Important Note

Our staff are our greatest asset and therefore 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 applies.

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We particularly welcome female applicants, individuals under 25 years of age, those from the BAME community, LGBTQ+ 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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