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Coventry City Council

Newly Qualified Social Worker

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23 April 2021

13 June 2021

“In Coventry our Social Workers combine established values and contemporary thinking to put the child at the beginning, middle and end of our work”.

Are you a Student Social Worker who is nearing the end of their qualification or recently qualified? Are you interested in a Career with Coventry Children’s Services? Coventry’s Social Work Academy will give you a great grounding for your career so that you flourish and have the tools to do your job well!

Coventry’s Social Work Academy will develop and promote your core skills, knowledge and skills; and support your journey into Newly Qualified Social Workers from the start of their professional careers to be confident in the work they deliver, with the re-assurance that within the high levels of challenge, there is a highly supportive network and framework around them to enable them to do their job well!

Newly Qualified Social Workers spend 6 months based within the Academy with time spent with “host” and “shadowing” teams, so NQSWs can experience developed practice and gain a good understanding of the systems, processes and services in Coventry.

The learning environment of the Academy offers NQSWs higher levels of supervision and support throughout their Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). NQSWs will receive coaching, mentoring and guidance from the Social Work Academy Team to assist them in transitioning from students into professional practice.

The Offer:

– High levels of supervision at early stages, promoting critical reflective practice which supports judgement, decision making and promotes emotional resilience.

– NQSWs feel part of Coventry Children’ Services and are able to build an empowering supportive network around them to deliver “good” social work.

– We will provide 6 months of core social work learning and professional development from experienced Social Workers, Practice Educators and University partners.

– Opportunities to shadow and jointly work with children living in complex situations including children who are care experienced and subject to child protection plans, in order to prepare NQSWs for more independent practice as their experience grows.

– Critical reflection time to explore the work NQSWs shadow to translate theory into practice and to consider the impact of interventions for the children and families.

– Support and training in Signs of Safety methodologies with families, so that this practice naturally informs assessments and interventions with children and families.

– A career progression scheme to promote and support both learning, and professional development.

– Outreach support from the Social Work Academy for the final 6 months of the ASYE when NQSWs are settling into their team.

Come and join our webinar on Wednesday 12th May 2021 via Microsoft Teams and meet the team at the Academy. The webinar will showcase the programme we offer throughout the 6 months of your development with the Academy, the structure of training, our employment offer, and the application/ interview process.

This will also give you an opportunity to ask any questions you have regarding the programme. Please email to register your attendance and meet the team.

We are looking for student Social Workers who are nearing the end of their qualification or recently qualified and have completed their placements. You will either already be registered with Social Work England or will be able to obtain your registration within 4 weeks of employment with us.

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