Social Worker - Horizon - Child Exploitation
It’s great to know that you are interested in working with us at Coventry City Council. As a prospective employee, it is important that everyone who works for us is committed to our One Coventry values and shares our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation.
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About the team we are recruiting to
In Coventry, we are working hard to build something special. Children and families are at the heart of everything we do, and we believe they deserve the best outcomes. Children’s Services provides a wide range of statutory and non-statutory duties, from Early Help Services, through to children who are looked after.
The service reflects and responds to the changing needs of children and their families. It works to enable a reflective and flexible approach, with a strong Early Help offer and a real focus on Relationship Based Practice and Signs of Safety, which focuses on intervention and keeping families together.
Children’s Services is proud of its achievements to date and is continuing to ensure children and families remain at the heart of all it does. We will provide you with an environment where social work can flourish, with high support, high challenge and manageable caseloads. Children’s Services is proud of its workforce, who are committed, dedicated, and work to a high standard. We are seeking other like minded practitioners who would like to join us. We pride ourselves on building relationships with families and partners and hold respectful practice at the centre of all we do.
The Horizon Team works with young people who are considered at risk of Child Exploitation, this includes Criminal Exploitation and those at risk of Sexual Exploitation. Horizon is a statutory social work team that consists of
- Social Workers
- Youth Workers
- Children and Families Workers
- A Health Worker; and
- A Police representative
The Horizon Team pride themselves on Multi-Agency working and offer a number of evidence based interventions to support children at risk of exploitation. Caseloads are low within the team to enable intensive interventions to be provided. The Horizon Team support within the Child In Need or Child Protection frameworks. Practitioners in the team have access to high support case supervision including group supervision to ensure you will be fully supported in working with this cohort of children and young people.
What is the job role?
We are looking for a dynamic and experienced full time Social Worker to work with young people between the ages of 10-18 who are considered at risk of Child Exploitation on an initial 12 month fixed term contract basis.
We are a vibrant, diverse and highly efficient multi-agency team who work with young people that have been or at risk of being exploited.
With low caseloads, our social workers, youth workers and children and families workers have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with young people to support them in making positive life choices, increased awareness in terms of healthy relationships, self-respect, wellbeing, dealing with other and thinking about people’s feelings.
Our Social Workers work closely with Police, Youth Offending Team, Health Practitioners and education to initiate attitudinal change, behaviour change, that there will be a reduction in offending and reoffending behaviour linked to a reduction in Police intelligence, reduced remand figures, higher engagement with Youth offending orders, young people no longer associating with gangs, reduction in missing episodes, engagement in education/employment and improved relationships within home environments.
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?
You will need to have a recognised professional Social Work qualification (MA/BA/BSc in Social Work, Diploma in Social Work or CQSW) and Social Work England registration with experience in working with looked after children, child protection, court proceedings and completing assessments within timescales.
What we offer
- Salary: £32,798 - £39,571 per annum
- Flexible Working
- Relocation Package: If you are joining us outside of the region, we will contribute up to £8,000 relocation package toward expenses and costs which includes estate agent commission, legal fees, removal expenses and lodging allowance
- Life Assurance: 3X your annual salary
- Pension Scheme: An incomparable, very attractive and high valued local salary pension scheme offered to all permanent staff
- MyCar Scheme: Generous discount offers leasing on a selection of over 1000 cars
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Emma Lane or Sinead Hastings - email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
For full details on the application process please read the attached document on our jobs page labelled 'Coventry City Council Application Process'
Introduction to Coventry City Council
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!
There's a huge buzz about the city – Coventry ranks as the 8th best city to live, work and do business in the UK, and it was the UK City of Culture 2021. We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons as you can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city. It also offers a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to those joining us to play their part in it.
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.
As a council with improvement at its heart, we’re committed to making life better for the people who live and work in Coventry. We’re equally concerned with the quality of life enjoyed by our people, so by joining us, you won’t just be helping the community, you’ll be helping yourself too.
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
- Opportunity for Salary Match and 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
- Lifestyle savings
- Salary Sacrifice Schemes; Car Scheme, Cycle to work and more
- Interest free travel loans
- Payroll giving scheme
- Workplace parking scheme
- Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave
- And much more
Coventry City Council