Social Worker (Disabled Children's Team)

Posted 14th May, 2024
£40,005 – £48,063
Working arrangements
Contract type
Closing date
4th Jun, 2024
About the role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Child and Family Social Workers to join our Disabled Children's Team. The team has a stable and supportive management team, and is well integrated into the wider child in need service. We welcome applicants with a range of experience in social work. 

Main duties of the job

In this role you will be responsible for working with disabled children and their siblings in need of help and protection or looked after children, whilst maintaining the focus on safeguarding. You will work directly with the child or young person and their family or carer to build empathic, purposeful relationships that facilitate meaningful and sustainable change, develop support plans for families in need of short breaks and additional services to meet needs of the disabled child, as well as stability in placement and permanency for looked after children.

Working for our organisation

To develop a culture of trauma-informed practice that helps to improve the quality of relationships with children and young people, through Motivational Practice.

Our vision for the service is that children and young people are safe, can overcome difficulties and can form secure relationships through their childhood and into their adulthood.

For further information regarding this vacancy please contact Lauren Carre | Operational Manager | Email: 

About you

Equity, diversity and inclusion

You will have, and demonstrate a clear understanding of inequities, how they affect different sections of our community, and the role that strategy and improvement can play in supporting better equality, diversity, and inclusion outcomes.

You can influence the development of services, support and/or practice by:

  • effectively interacting, working with, and developing meaningful relationships with people of various cultural backgrounds
  • interpreting issues and concerns from a cultural perspective and addressing situations or challenges from the points-of-view of multiple cultures
  • recognising and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion through your actions

Motivational Trauma Informed Practice

You will confidently model motivational trauma informed practice. You will be available to your team in sharing your experience and support Social Workers in alignment with Islington’s Practice model through coaching, consultation and co-working. You will lead on developing areas of practice.

You will share and exercise the organisational practice ethos which places Motivational Practice and trauma-informed practice at the heart of working with families. You will be ambitious for every child to reach their potential in all aspects of their development including education, health and emotional wellbeing.

You will manage the specific set of tasks relating to statutory and non-statutory case responsibility for children in need of help and protection, in public care and young people leaving care with the support of an appropriately qualified supervisor.

About Islington

Islington is one of the most vibrant areas of London, with a diverse population, a unique cultural identity and a wealth of open spaces, theatres, museums, cinemas, and galleries.

Our Children’s Social Care services have been rated by OFSTED as Outstanding and praises an “unwavering commitment to improving and enriching the lives of children and their families”

A snapshot of what we offer our social workers:

  • Up to 28 days annual leave per year (increasing to 33 days after five years of local government service)

  • In addition to annual leave, the council grants 3 privilege days which must be taken during the Christmas and New Year period as the council stipulates.

  • 35-hour working week

  • A range of flexible working arrangements

  • Zone 1-2 Travel card for our Children’s Social Workers

  • Retention bonus’ for our Children’s Social Workers

  • Specially designed core training package

  • Excellent pension scheme with a new Shared Cost Additional Voluntary Contribution (Shared Cost AVC) employee benefit scheme.

  • Competitive pay – and a commitment to paying all staff and apprentices the London Living Wage

  • Lead authority for Step Up to Social Work

  • Social Work training through Social Work Apprenticeship Degree

  • Highly valued Assessed and Supported Year in Education through Islington ASYE Academy.

  • Access to Management and Coaching Apprenticeships

  • Pathways Program for first time and experienced managers

  • Opportunities to train as a Practice Educator

For more information and a discussion about working for London Borough of Islington, contact our Principal Social Worker Wynand McDonald, Principal Child and Family Social Worker at