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Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Children's Social Worker - Families Together Service

Job Type

Permanent

Region

West Midlands

Salary

Location

£37,336 - £47,420

Posted Date

15 March 2024

Solihull

Closing Date

2 April 2024

We are seeking experienced, passionate and motivated individuals to be part of our new Families Together service. Due to the nature of this post, this role requires flexible working hours to meet the needs of the service and there will be a requirement to work evenings and weekends.

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About the team.

Solihull Families Together is a small multi-agency team working with children on the edge of care. This new team works with children who are aged between 11-15 years and experiencing significant family breakdown.

Through the consistent and systematic application of restorative practice, Solihull Families Together aim to work with families to achieve greater stability, reduce risk, increase well-being and build resilience. By working in partnership, encouraging and promoting the involvement of children, young people and their families in decision making, we will create opportunities to support and enable families to build and strengthen their capacity to address their own difficulties supporting children to safely live within their family networks.

To enable intensive intervention, Solihull Families Together practitioners will work with 4-6 children and their families. All of the children will have an allocated social worker in the statutory social worker team who we will work alongside. Once fully established, the team will consist of two social workers, two senior social workers, two family support workers, a psychologist, a speech and language therapist and a manager. We will have access to specialist exploitation intervention, youth work, money mentors and addiction specialists. Using a ‘team around the worker’ approach, the goal of the families together team is to build meaningful connections with families and support them in the journey towards relational repair. We will do this by reducing the number of workers visiting the home, and instead upskill one key practitioner to develop a strong working relationship and be a single point of contact. Weekly group supervision sessions will be attended by a range of different professionals to support the holistic consideration of families’ needs.

About The Post

To be considered for this post of Social Worker, you will be a professional Social Worker, hold a qualification and be Social Work England registered. You will have a degree (or equivalent) in social work and be able to demonstrate experience of working with children, young people and their families.

You will be a successful team player, experienced in providing timely and effective intensive interventions to support young people aged 11 upwards. You will have a natural ability to build respectful, strong, and effective relationships with parents, carers, and their families as well as external partners, such as schools, School Nursing and Health Visiting.

You will have the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues as well as with external partners. You must be well organised as you will be responsible for delivering parenting groups as well as working with families. A strong understanding of Childrens safeguarding and the application of thresholds are a key requirement to these posts. You will be highly motivated with a flexible and adaptable approach to your work.

In return, we offer the opportunity to work in a motivational and supportive environment where your contribution will be highly valued, and your personal development actively supported. We can offer professional guidance from our recently appointed experienced and supportive management team and the opportunity to further develop your skills.

About Solihull.

In addition to a broad suite of high-quality training packages, our people also enjoy a hybrid approach to flexible working, competitive salaries and a generous benefits package that includes a focus on staff wellbeing:

- Flexible working and agile working arrangements
- Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free, and confidential advice and support service
- Family and carer friendly policies
- Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
- The opportunity to buy up to 10 days additional leave per year.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a new team here at Solihull at a transformational stage of our improvement journey. If you are ready to join our ambitious team – and make a tangible impact and positive difference to families’ lives at this critical time – then we would be delighted to receive your application.

For an informal discussion, please contact Menna Davies, Service Manager at menna.davies@solihull.gov.uk

Or to find out more about why it’s great working for Children’s Services in Solihull, please click here.

Closing Date: 2 April 2024

Interview Date: Week commencing 8 April 2024

This post will require an enhanced DBS check.

This is an essential car user post as the demands of the job make it operationally essential and there is a contractual requirement to make a suitable vehicle available to ensure the requirements of the job can be carried out effectively.

Applicants must be able to drive, have a driving licence and be a car owner, however for disabled applicants, reasonable adjustments will be made where required.

Social Workers at Solihull Council are covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of children, young people, and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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