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Duty Social Worker

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

Main Responsibility

As a Duty Hub Social Worker, you’ll work within a busy Duty team, completing Initial Visits and Child Social Work Assessments following new referrals from our Staffordshire Childrens Advice and Support Service. The work will be varied, but essentially you would be dealing with all new referrals from SCASS, covering S.47 investigations, S.17 Child in Need assessments and issuing Care Proceedings in some instances. Where an assessments concludes that a Child in Need or Child Protection Plan is required, the child will then transfer to our Assessment and Staying Together Teams. 

We work on a hybrid basis between the office and home working if you wish and you will be provided with a laptop and mobile phone to enable agile working.  

Applicants for these posts will need to have completed 2 years post qualifying (inclusive of their ASYE Year) We’ll ensure you gain experience and training to conduct ‘Achieving Best Evidence Interviews’ alongside the other extensive training opportunities offered by Staffordshire. 

Our office base is in the centre of Cannock with the town and several supermarkets within walking distance. Other superstores and shopping complexes are also a short drive away including the new McArthur Glen Designer Outlet and the New Life superstore, both taking around 5 minutes to get to by car. 

The office base is a few minutes drive from the M6 exit and has enough free parking for everyone. We have our Duty Hub based here alongside 3 Assessment and Staying Together Teams (safeguarding teams), a Children in Care Team and 3 Early Help/Family Practitioner Teams. It is a comfortable, warm and friendly place to work and we consistently receive comments about what a nice working environment it is. 

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll need to be a:

  • Qualified Social Worker, with at least 2 year's experience having completed your ASYE year
  • Registered with Social Work England
  • Have a current UK driving licence and vehicle

But above all, you’ll bring the desire to work with children and families to give them the right support, at the right time with the aim of keeping families together where it’s safe to do so.

If you'd like to discuss the role further, please contact Team Manager, or on 01543 512333.

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 a range of benefits.

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 Silver 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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