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Children’s Social Workers (Dorset)

Salary details: £31371 - £38813

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Dorset Council
Christchurch, Dorchester, Dorset, Wareham
Occupational group
Health and Social Care - Children's
Salary details
£31,371 - £38,813 (depending on level and experience)
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Tanya Hamilton-Fletcher
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 221450
Closing Date
31 December 2019
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If you’re a dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic Social Worker with significant experience of making a difference to the lives of children and young people (particularly those who are disabled) we want to hear from you. We’re looking for people who have a genuine interest in relationship-based practice and a strengths-based approach to building effective relationships with children, families and communities. These ways of working are being embedded through our Reinvigorating Social Work programme, which we’ve just successfully completed.

It’s an exciting time here in Children’s Services as we continue our journey to improve our services and outcomes to enhance the lives Dorset’s children and families as part of the new Dorset Council. We want our Social Workers to have manageable caseloads and feel safe and supported, with more time to work with families so they can make a real impact. The brand new ‘Front Door’ of our service – the Children’s Advice & Duty service – is now up and running, with the aim of reducing the number of referrals, and unnecessary and time-consuming assessments. This will provide further opportunities for more direct work and in time help reduce the number of cases per individual, which has already decreased over the last six months… but we can still do better by recruiting more Social Workers. You!

We offer a range of benefits including:

  • A Competitive Salary (Grades 10 & 11 + Labour Market Increments)
  • Generous Relocation Package*
  • Flexible Working
  • Excellent Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Exciting Continuous Professional Development Opportunities
  • Career Progression through three levels of Qualified Social Worker roles, plus Advanced Practitioner posts

*A generous relocation package is payable, of which up to £8,000 (of HMRC eligible elements) are free of tax. Depending on your personal circumstance our package provides options to help you relocate whether you are looking to buy or rent and includes; an initial advance of up to £2,500 payable when you start, help towards fees associated with buying/selling (up to £6,500) and an option to receive help towards your rent or mortgage in the first two years.

Make Dorset The Next Step in Your Social Work Career

For an informal discussion please call Tanya Hamilton-Fletcher, Service Manager – Care & Support on 01305 221450 or email tanya.hamilton-fletcher@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Your application will be reviewed as soon as you apply. There are Social Worker opportunities in a range of teams – including the Children Who Are Disabled (CWAD) team - and locations across Dorset offering flexible options, and this will be discussed at interview stage.

Please note we are unable to offer sponsorship to overseas applicants.

You must have a degree in Social Work or equivalent, be registered with the HCPC and be able to fulfil the travel requirements of the post.

This post involves working with children and having access to significant information about them and will therefore be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

The friends and family referral scheme applies to this post. If this vacancy has been recommended to you by a Dorset Council employee, make sure you mention them by completing the required details when asked on the application form. They'll give you all the information you need.

Nb. Once this post has closed, the job description and person specification will no longer be available to view.

Please note Dorset Council does not accept CV’s in place of an application form due to Safer Recruitment procedures, and because we require the same range of information from all our candidates.