Hertfordshire County Council
Safeguarding and Specialist Services
£45,591 – £48,624 per annum
Full Time/Part Time
Job Title: Consultant Social Worker – Children Looked After
Location: Bases in Hertford, Stevenage and Apsley
Salary Range: £45,591 – £48,624 per annum (including £4k annual market forces payment) PLUS £1k Welcome Payment*
Hours: 37 hours per week
Diversity: We are an inclusive employer and value a diverse workforce
Setting the standard for supporting children and families to achieve their best outcomes
At Hertfordshire County Council, we believe that the children and young people in our care deserve the best and you’ll help to make that happen. Acting as a role model for excellent social work practice, you’ll play a part in developing a team that is skilled, supportive and highly motivated. At the same time, you’ll lead the way in ensuring children and young people can access everything the county has to offer to help them feel accepted, supported, safe, hopeful and loved.
Whilst you will have a small caseload of complex children to support, you’ll also play a leading role in service development and supervising the alternatively qualified members of the team. As part of a stable and supportive management team, you’ll help to deliver our strengths-based approach and ensure we learn from each other and the lived experiences of children and young people. We’ll look to you to apply theory and research to frontline practice. You’ll also be instrumental in increasing collaboration, consistency, capacity, and compassion, both within the team and in partnership with services such as mental health, education and the police. Join us and you can be sure you’re changing lives for the better – including your own.
A qualified and registered social worker, you’ll have significant frontline experience of working with children and young people facing complex issues. You will also have some supervisory experience and will be used to researching and sharing new developments in social work practice. As you will be involved in care planning; assessments and reviews you’ll also need strong written and spoken communication skills. Your energy, passion and persistence will be matched by sound decision-making that balances the wishes of young people with rigorous safeguarding.
In return we offer great training opportunities; an innovative working environment and a generous benefits package that includes relocation expenses of up to £6,000, a car lease scheme and access to the Local Government Pension Scheme.
**Applications are shortlisted weekly with interviews offered weekly**
For an informal discussion and more information please contact Sarah Baker on .
Benefits of Working for HCC:
*Welcome one off payment of £1,000 for all external appointments who have completed their ASYE at the time of application.
Flexible Working Arrangements (depending on the role)
Excellent Career Development
Salary Exchange for Additional Benefits
Excellent Pension Scheme with Employer Contributions
Support Groups & Wellbeing Schemes
How to Apply: Please follow the ‘Apply for Job’ button at the bottom of the screen. As part of the application you will be required to upload your most recent CV ensuring gaps in employment have been addressed and includes your current, or most recent, employer. You are also asked to provide a supporting statement which is your opportunity to evidence how your skills, knowledge and experience match what we are looking for based on the Person Specification area of the attached Job Outline. If you do not supply a supporting statement, your application will be rejected.
Safeguarding: Safeguarding children and adults is of utmost importance to Hertfordshire County Council. The Council requires employees to abide by legislation and best practice to enable Hertfordshire to achieve this. This role has been identified as requiring a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. For more information Click Here
Driving Roles Only: As part of this role, you will be required to travel to other HCC Sites/Residences either using your own mode of transport or a company car. In light of this, the ability to drive and/or travel around the County is required for this role a DVLA check will be required on appointment.
Overseas Applications: We will accept applications from all applicants who already have an established right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide sponsorships for this post
English Fluency: The ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.
Disability Confident: We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer and guarantee an interview to anyone disclosing a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.
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Hertfordshire County Council is currently undertaking a review of its pay structure and terms and conditions. The council is undertaking this review as part of its commitment to continuing to be an employer of choice, by ensuring that its pay and terms and conditions are relevant to future working practices. You can read more about this on our website
CS Roles Only: We expect all Children Services employees to fulfil Hertfordshire’s Professional Promise for how children, young people & young adults with special educational needs and / or disabilities and their families should be treated. It is our agreement to place families and children at the centre of what we do, and helps parents and carers to understand and be able to hold us to account for how we provide our services. For further information please visit:’Professional Promise’