Social Worker - Looked After Children and Permanence Service
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 Looked After Children & Permanency Service works with children who are Looked After. The service holds case responsibility from the child’s first Looked After Child’s Review or first court hearing. The team works with children who are subject to care proceedings and those with an adoption plan, whilst also working closely with the Regional Adoption Agency-Adoption Central England (ACE).
What is the job role?
In Coventry we are investing in practice and new posts have been funded to ensure we keep caseloads of social workers at a level which are manageable, where work life balance can be really achieved, and where we work together to deliver good outcomes for children and families.
Due to this major investment opportunities have arisen for an experienced Social Worker to join our Looked After Children and Permanence Team.
We are a vibrant, diverse and highly efficient social work team who work with children predominately who are looked after.
Working within a highly regarded, efficient and caring service you will be part of one of four social work teams consisting of a Team Manager, senior practitioner, a children and family worker and a variety of experienced and newly qualified social workers.
Our social workers receive regular reflective supervision and excellent bespoke training, this supports them to ensure that permanence for children is achieved at the earliest opportunity. With manageable caseloads, our social workers have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with children. They will work closely with the local judiciary and other professional with a focus on securing the best for children.
If you are a highly motivated social worker who is committed to delivering excellent services to looked after children in Coventry, we would welcome your application.
Join us as an experienced children's social worker and you will be delivering on the ground social care to support families across Coventry to devise and implement care plans to ensure children can live at home safely, and support where they can’t.
You will work closely with professionals from a range of agencies including health, education, children’s services, the police and our regional adoption agency in order to improve lived experiences for children.
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?
We are looking for social workers who are committed to achieving the best for our children and families. We particularly welcome applications from those from under represented backgrounds and all walks of life to give our diverse city the greatest level of support it deserves.
You will bring your ideas and suggestions to drive our challenging journey of improvement, and put Coventry on the map for delivering more positive outcomes. You’ll be joining a great team of people who are passionate about the city, its people and its exciting prospects.
You will be responsible for a complex but manageable caseloads whilst helping us deliver a strategy that puts children at the beginning, middle and end of everything we do, with all the support and resources you need to do it.
You believe in providing a high-quality service that ensures that the child is at the heart of everything we do.
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 at least 18 months experience in working with looked after children, child protection, court proceedings and completing assessments within timescales.
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 is the UK City of Culture 2021 ! We believe this will help put Coventry on the map for all the right reasons. You can feel the sense of local pride throughout the city as we build towards this momentous year. 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
- 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
Coventry City Council