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Gloucestershire County Council

Advanced Social Work Educator

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£45,441 - £48,474

Posted Date

17 June 2024


Closing Date

30 June 2024

Gloucestershire Social Work Academy is looking to recruit an Advanced Educator to join our passionate, dynamic, and driven team.

About you

This permanent post is an exciting opportunity to bring your professional creativity and be part of the implementation of systemic practice within children’s services. It will involve the development and delivery of learning in relation to advanced relational practice, trauma-informed practice, and leadership, as well as working in support of our wider Academy curriculum delivery and continued professional development offer. You will be drawing on your highly skilled practice, contemporary research, and best educational delivery activities to fulfil this role, including adapting to the virtual delivery of learning opportunities.

As well as your extensive experience of working within statutory services for children, young people, and families, you will also need:

- Social Work England registration
- a recognised qualification in Social Work
- If you qualified after 2012 we would expect you to have completed your ASYE year
- DBS clearance

About the Academy

As a member of the Social Work Academy you will be offering leadership of practice to develop outstanding social workers and social work leaders who effect positive changes for children, young people, and families. The Academy is responsible for providing a welcoming and meaningful introduction to working in children’s services, optimising the many attractions of working for Gloucestershire County Council. It also ensures that our staff receive the highest quality continuing professional development that impacts directly on improving the life experiences of children, young people, and families. Aligned with this, it provides quality assurance for practice across children’s services. The Academy also supports staff with their professional accreditation responsibilities and career progression options.

Right child, right support, right time, every time

We are working together to support families and communities to give every child the best chance of a happy and rewarding life, especially those who need more help.

Gloucestershire offers a range of opportunities to develop your career, supported by a phenomenal Social Work Academy offer, a developing systemic practice methodology, an ambitious leadership team and an award-winning workforce.

Gloucestershire Children’s Services are improving. Our latest Ofsted inspection (February 2022) identified that:

‘Significant progress has been made in many areas of Gloucestershire’s children’s services… significant financial investment and the backing of political leaders, has led to improved services that are now more effective in meeting the needs of children and families’.

We are a local authority adopting, and training all colleagues in, systemic social work practice. If you would like to join an authority that takes a relational approach to working with families and focuses on what needs to change in the system around a child and family to enable children to thrive, then consider a role with GCC.

Reward and support

For all your hard work, you will receive the following:

- salary between £45,441 - £48,474 per annum depending on experience
- flexible and agile working opportunities
- 25.5 days annual leave rising to 30.5 days after 5 years’ continuous service
- option to purchase 10 days of additional leave per year (pro rata for part-time staff)
- family friendly policies and benefits to help support you and your family
- supportive and positive working environment with regular supervision
- local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- access to our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) that provides free, confidential counselling and advice for employees, available 24 hours a day, online and by telephone.
- an in-house Occupational Health service
- employee discount scheme
- cycle to work scheme
- salary sacrifice green car scheme (T&Cs apply)
- links to employee networks such as Prism (LGBT+) and the Young Employees Network
- career development and qualification opportunities
- access to our Social Work Academy
- paid SWE registration renewal

How to apply

If you would like to discuss the role further, please email Interim Academy Service Manager or alternatively apply directly before the closing date.

Additional Information

This Position is subject to a DBS check.

Gloucestershire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people or vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

We want to be an employer of choice, attracting and retaining excellent people to work for us, so that we can best serve all of Gloucestershire’s diverse communities. Our promise to you is that we will provide an inclusive and supportive working environment that enables you to bring your whole self to work and realise your full potential.

It is a legal requirement, under the Immigration Act 2016, that anyone appointed to a ‘customer facing role’ must be able to demonstrate an ability to fulfil all spoken aspects of the role with confidence in fluent English.

Hybrid working arrangements are available for the majority of our roles, giving teams the opportunity to work in a way that suits them, balancing service need and individual choice, with a mix of both remote and office working.

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