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Consultant Social Worker

Job Introduction

This role is part of an ambitious team within our Childrens and Families services, and will based in the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) with police and other partners.

We value high challenge and high support conversations with our partners that really put children's needs at the centre of what we do. Our aim is to reduce paper referrals and encourage phone calls and conversations and to improve lines of communication between ourselves and partners.

This role is fixed term to cover maternity leave and will commence in Summer 2024 - for 12 months.

Main Responsibility

As a Consultant Social Worker, you will

  • work alongside a team of Consultant Social Workers in our front door to allow for restorative conversations to take place at this early and critical stage.
  • take the lead in initiating Section 47 Investigations
  • chair strategy meetings to ensure multi-agency responses are efficient and appropriate when a child is identified as being at risk of significant harm.

You will report to one of two Team Managers within Childrens Advice and Support team.

The Ideal Candidate

It goes without saying, you'll need a professional social work qualification (which allows you to practice in the UK) with Social Work England (SWE) registration

You'll have:

  • Substantial experience in providing social work services to children in a variety of settings including child protection and safeguarding. 
  • a drive to bring about better services and outcomes for children and have a detailed understanding of prevention and early intervention with children and young people
  • a good understanding of child protection and safeguarding and when to take immediate action if required.

There will be opportunities for home and flexible working as required to maintain an effective service.

There will also be opportunities for individual, group and peer supervision to:

  • enable continuous professional development
  • creates a learning environment within a restorative model 
  • promotes best practice and relationship based social work.

For further information about this role please contact Rhiannon Dale at:

About Staffordshire County Council

We are no ordinary county council:

Our Values:

The core of who we are as an organisation. Just like we all have personal values that shape our thoughts and behaviour, organisational values drive how we think and act collectively.

Our values were created and shaped by colleague feedback and national best practice and they sit at the heart of People Strategy:

We have a real sense of community spirit that brings our people together. This feeling of belonging means we are all connected to what we do and take pride in the difference we make every day for Staffordshire people. We are ambitious and our sights are set firmly on a better future.

We look forward and race ahead - that goes for your career too. 

Our benefits:

We recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive working environment where employees can achieve their full potential and achieve a healthy work-life balance. 

In addition to your salary, as a member of staff, you will have access to Our rewards and benefits - Careers at Staffordshire.

Our recruitment process:

As an Authority we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Staffordshire County Council is an equal opportunities organisation and Disability Confident employer. We encourage applications from all background and communities

As part of our commitment as a Disability Confident employer, a Gold Award Armed Forces employer and our commitment to supporting care leavers - we offer a guaranteed interview as long as your application meets the minimum criteria for the post. 

As you’ll know safeguarding and promoting the welfare of our children and young people/vulnerable adults is important to us and that’s why this position is subject to a criminal record check from the Disclosure and Barring Service. If applicable you should disclose details of unspent and unfiltered spent reprimands, formal warnings, cautions and convictions in your application form.


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