Experienced Social Worker - Child Protection

  • Employer: Knowsley Council
  • Salary: £36,371 - £39,571 per annum [Career progression bar at £37,568]
  • Location: Nutgrove Villa, Westmorland Road, Huyton , Knowsley , L36 6GA
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 36 hours per week.
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Closing Date: 30/06/2022 at 23:59
  • Reference: CVP 0287

Child in Need and Child Protection Social Worker – in this team we work with families under section 17 and 47 of Children Act 1989 – we do not complete care proceedings and the transfer point for our CLA service is 1st hearing. 

Here in Knowsley, we are passionate about engaging with children and families to make a positive impact - to do this we know that you need supportive managers with manageable caseloads.

Our average caseload is 18 – yes that is right 18 children, don’t believe us speak to our social workers directly on the numbers below they are happy for you to call them and ask about 

Knowsley from a practitioner perspective. We are able to achieve this caseload by having the transfer point at 1st court hearing and due to our robust and supportive Targeted and Early Help offer. Also the wider support services in Knowsley improve the outcomes for our children this includes MST, FGC, Edge of Care and Family Support.

We have a permanent management team who are committed to reflective supervision that ensures you are able to think about creative ways to engage families, keep children safe and have a positive impact in their lives.

Our progression policy is reflective of development not just into management but into new ways of intervening with families such as AIM assessments training, specialist sexual abuse training along with AMPH qualifications and Practice Educator Awards

Our new restructure has led to the development of a stable and experienced Senior Leadership Team that are visible and supportive. The goal for Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council is to be a Good to Outstanding Local Authority and we want passionate and committed social workers to join us on this journey.

The successful applicants will be able to demonstrate their experience and abilities in respect of working in partnership with children, young people, families and partner agencies.

They will need to evidence experience of working with vulnerable children and their families, and ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form. They would need to be able to work individually and as part of a team.

An enhanced DBS will be required for this post.

Knowsley is the smallest borough in Merseyside, covering only 33.40 sq miles, but it doesn't come without its challenges. With over 30% of children living in income-deprived families, an average of 350 children on child in need plans, 200 children on a child protection plan and 300 children being looked after there is always a lot of work to be done to support our children and families.

In Knowsley we use the Signs of Safety model across all levels of service. If you are a qualified Social Worker who has a passion to see families & their support networks empowered to meet their own children's needs; can undertake good quality assessments; will support families to develop and review their plans; will measure & record the impact of the plans on their child's lives; and will consider children's permanence at every stage, you should apply to be a Social Worker in Knowsley.

Don't worry if you haven't used Signs of Safety before because as an employee of Knowsley you will become a member of the Knowsley Social Work Academy which will give you access to our Practice Standards, Practice Guidance and a comprehensive training package in respect of Signs of Safety as well as many other areas of practice and career development. The Academy has close links with The Workforce Development Service, so training is often commission on a need-led basis ensuring that our workers have the most relevant and up to date training available to them.

As well as group supervision with colleagues and monthly supervision with your manager you will have regular My Time; a council wide initiative to supervision and career development, ensuring that you are in control of your career development. Being a small borough has the significant advantage that all services are centrally located, and workers have good working relationships with partner agencies.

The Directors work closely with the Heads of Service, Service Managers and Team Managers to ensure caseloads are manageable and staff are well supported. As an employee of Knowsley, you will be provided with the technology you need to enable you to do your job well; a smart phone, 

hybrid laptop and the ability to log-on whilst in the community ensure that you and your team are able to make the best use of your time and take advantage of the flexible working scheme. You will also be given a personal safety alarm that is linked to Knowsley' s Security Hub to ensure you are safe when out and about. There will also be free staff parking for a 2 year period.

Please read through the Conditions of Service, job description and person specification for more detailed information in respect of the role. For an informal discussion, please contact Sarah Joel Team Manager on Tel: 07810053611

John Gunning Social Worker Tel: 07825 145134

Laura Ramsay Social Worker Tel: 07966830655

At Knowsley Council we will consider requests for flexible working.  For most roles, the following types of flexibility are usually possible: flexible hours, working from home, compressed hours, part-time.

How to apply

Please apply online by clicking the link below. Please note applications cannot be considered without the completion of the form in full 

This vacancy is now closed