Children's Social Worker - Court Team

Posted 6th Dec, 2023
£39,264 – £49,083
Working arrangements
Contract type
Closing date
4th Feb, 2024
About the role

Children's Social Worker - Court Team

Welcome and Retention Bonus:

  • £1000 paid in your first month salary and £1000 paid at the end of your 1st completed year in service

  • £2000 paid after your 2nd completed year in service

  • £3000 paid in your 3rd completed year in service and every completed year thereafter.

Social Workers within this service area are able to work flexibly between home and work to meet the needs of the service whilst recognising the benefits that a hybrid model of working can bring.

We are looking for confident and skilled Social Workers to work in the Court and Adoption Service. Our objective is to deliver the best outcomes for children and young people.

Social Workers within the Court and Adoption Service are responsible for cases relating to children subject to proceedings who may either be looked after or living at home. Your role will include the undertaking of all tasks associated with working with Children under statutory frameworks, whilst ensuring compliance with Court direction, and providing the Court with child-focused evidence, analysis and well-informed care plans. You will play an intrinsic role in working directly with the children and young people, ensuring their wishes and views are heard, respected, and relayed to the court. It's a great time to join Sutton as we have introduced a Special Guardianship Team and Therapeutic Support Workers to manage SGO and Parenting assessments to support all Social Workers within the Courts Team.

Your knowledge and experience will allow you to apply social work theories to formulate and test hypotheses in reaching a professional judgment and decision. You will produce a good standard of professional documentation relevant to your service area and be able to prioritise your workload and work within defined timescales. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to the role and you will be required to effectively balance the protection of individual rights against the need to use professional authority and accountability effectively to safeguard vulnerable children and young people. 

About you

Social work qualification and at least one year's post qualifying experience in a social work role and be able to meet the requirements of the social work regulator. With the exception of Newly qualified Social Workers (ASYE).

2. Demonstrate an effective and active use of supervision for accountability, professional reflection and development

3. Demonstrate an ability and understanding of the frameworks, theory and research which are applicable to the practice setting.

4. Demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of the legal and policy frameworks and guidance that inform social work practice and which safeguard vulnerable service users. (Relating specifically to the area in which this post is placed).

5. Demonstrate an ability to clearly and effectively communicate with service users, families and carers colleagues, and other professionals ensuring that individual’s views opinions and wishes are explicitly recorded using a range of tools and techniques applicable to the service sector.

6. Have excellent organisational skills and be able to prioritise workload according to risk and need.

7. Demonstrate the ability to work as an autonomous professional and an ability to produce succinct and clear professional documentation which is of an excellent standard and in line with statutory and local timescales and local protocol.

8. Demonstrate skills in sharing information appropriately and respectfully and recognise lines of accountability and the boundaries of professional autonomy and discretion. 10. Be familiar with and demonstrate practice which meets the required level within social work frameworks. The PCF and KSS underpin the role and expectations of a Social Worker in the People Directorate. Links Adults/ KSS Child and Family SW

About Sutton

Sutton combines a high quality of life, green and spacious, with distinctive town centres providing access to jobs and culture the capital has to offer.

Ofsted rated us as ‘Good’, with 'Outstanding' leadership, in December 2021. However, we have not rested but continue to strive to do more for families, strengthen practice and bring innovative ways of working across our systems.

Our offer to you

As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential and will offer you a supportive, friendly and collaborative environment to grow and develop your career and skills. We’re constantly striving to improve our ways of working so putting your ideas across - however big or small - will be fully encouraged and supported by your colleagues and our dynamic and experienced management team.

In addition, we offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff, supported by our IT infrastructure, including Google Chromebooks and Google Apps.

Employees have access to a wide range of benefits, some of which include:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays (pro-rata if part-time working hours apply)

  • Flexi-time (Please note, this applies to roles at grades 1-9 only)

  • Comprehensive learning and development programme

  • Local and national discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities

  • Interest free season ticket loans

  • Local Government Pension Scheme

  • Car parking scheme

  • Bicycle loan facilities and cycle to work scheme

  • Zip car scheme

  • Free eye tests and contribution towards glasses

  • Confidential wellbeing and counselling support

  • Subsidised gym membership

Interested in working in Sutton? Hear from our staff below on why they think Sutton is a great place to be a Social Worker.

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