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Consultant Social Worker - West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

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About the team we are recruiting to

The West Midland Teaching Partnership is one of 23 social work teaching partnerships accredited by the Department for Education to strengthen the quality of education and training for social work students and practitioners across the West Midlands. We have recently secured additional funding from the Department for Education as well as contributions from our Partners and are making significant progress in our aim to be a sustainable and viable Partnership.

Our partnership includes Local Authorities, Children’s Trusts, NHS Trusts and Universities. The partnership reflects the strategic priorities of the West Midlands Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) and the West Midlands Association of Adult Social Services (ADASS). The partnership is led by Principal Social Workers, Workforce Development Leads and Senior Academics across Children’s and Adult Services. We bring together practitioners, senior managers, academics, researchers and people with lived experience of social work and work together to make positive changes and improvements to social work education and practice.

Our Vision is to achieve excellence in social work education and professional practice through a research-led and evidence-based approach.

What is the job role?

This is an exciting opportunity to support the ongoing development of the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership as one of 3 full-time equivalent Consultant Social Workers supporting regional and sub-regional activities. The role involves working within sub-regions of the West Midlands supporting employers across children’s and adults’ services and universities to ensure the objectives of Teaching Partnership are met.

The role will involve working with students, practitioners, academics and workforce development colleagues. The post holder will work as part of a small supportive and enthusiastic programme team and will be responsible for providing regular reports and case studies to evidence progress and impact.

Consultant Social Workers lead on specific projects to improve practice and support the West Midlands Teaching Partnership’s activities, which are aimed at developing and supporting high standards of social work practice throughout the region. Current projects include the development of practice education strategies to ensure sufficient quality student placements, developing a research strategy for the teaching partnership, developing a continuous professional development offer for social workers and practice educators, in particular, anti-racist action, apprenticeships and improving the participation of people with lived experience of social work in social work education.

This post is exempted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and as such appointment to this post will be conditional upon the receipt of a satisfactory response to a check of police records via Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

Who are we looking for?

In order to be successful in this role it is essential that you have knowledge of current developments in social work education and practice leadership; knowledge of professional standards, ethics and values that underpin social work practice; and knowledge of research and applying this to direct practice.

You will have extensive knowledge and experience of children’s and/or adults’ social work across a variety of teams and agencies that will enable you to drive forward the ambitions of the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership. 

This will be a very visible role within the Partnership and a great opportunity to showcase your ability and develop your social work practice in a busy but rewarding environment.

The post holder will need to be a Registered Social Worker who has attained an undergraduate and/or post-graduate degree in Social Work. They will also have completed the Full Practice Educator Award (PEPS 2).

We currently have a full time, 37 post available but are open to exploring part-time and flexible working options. Please note that the salary advertised will be pro-rata to hours worked. Please indicate if you would prefer to work part time in your personal statement.

Coventry City Council hosts the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership and as such the successful candidate will be employed by or seconded to Coventry City Council

The posts are being offered as a fixed-term appointment until 31st March 2022, or as a secondment opportunity from employers in the Teaching Partnership. Whilst this is advertised as an appointment until 31st March 2022, there may be an opportunity for the post to be extended depending on funding available for 2022-23.

Applicants are invited to contact Cheryl Wall, Programme Manager to discuss this post further at cheryl.wall@coventry.gov.uk and via phone on 02476 978450.

For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'

Interview dates 11th or 12th October 2021


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Coventry is a lively, multicultural city, which embraces old and new. Around the modern city centre there are traces of history everywhere – in the old city walls, the timber-framed buildings and the reconstructed medieval Spon Street. But Coventry has always had an eye on the future, and is now firmly focused on regenerating and re-inventing itself to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. With major developments and new projects taking place right across the city, Coventry City Council is the place to be!
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We genuinely believe that Coventry City Council is a special place. You will be joining Coventry City Council during an exciting time to become part of a team that contribute to achieving our visions for the city. We have made our council a place where we look after our people, making sure you're happy in your work and given everything you need to succeed. We've created friendly, welcoming workplaces where everyone is working towards the same cause, providing the best possible services for the city of Coventry.
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Not only do you get to work alongside great people that are helping to improve services for our community we offer great benefits too! For your valued contribution we will provide a fantastic benefits package including;

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting at 27 days and rising to 32 days
  • Pay progression through multiple increments
  • Outstanding local government pension scheme
  • Learning & Development with access to certified courses.
  • Access to an award winning Occupational Health Team
  • Vibrant employee networks 

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