Senior Social Worker - MASH

Posted 4th Jun, 2024
£43,626 – £47,628
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Closing date
23rd Jun, 2024
About the role

Are you an existing Social Worker looking to expand your experience or currently a Senior Social Worker looking for your next new challenge? Look no further as a well sought opportunity has risen in London Borough of Harrow's MASH team for an outstanding practitioner. 


Our fully functioning MASH service has strong links with our partner agencies and is composed of visible, approachable and supportive Managers and Service Managers who put Children at the centre of what they do. 


The successful post holder will be an experienced Social Work Practitioner (3 years post qualified) and must have MASH or First Response Team (FRT) experience, in addition to a good understanding of the Pan London CP procedures and thresholds. Achieving good outcomes for children is at the heart of all we do therefore you must have the ability to guide and support partner agencies in taking the appropriate steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children.


Furthermore, you will support Harrow’s ambition to be an outstanding authority which provides good outcomes with a focus on achieving consistently high performance standards.


As Senior Social Worker, you will work alongside the MASH Team Manager and two Deputy Team Managers, whilst holding responsibility for screening contacts and making threshold recommendations in a very fast pace setting. You will work collaboratively with the MASH partners to ensure good outcomes for the children, young people and families and will be the lead professional for particular partner agencies.


You will be joining a committed and highly motivated team with a strong professional presence and sound understanding of thresholds.


This role offers a hybrid working arrangement where you will be expected to be in the office a minimum of 2/3 days however this is subject to change depending on the needs of the service.

About you

We will always want to do more and achieve better for our young people, such is our aspiration. If you have a real interest for social stability for our next generation, patience, and a driven desire to be an ambassador for change, this role may be for you.


We therefore seek applications from committed professional and dynamic practitioners who have experience in the following:  

  • Have a Social Work Qualification i.e. CQSW, DipSW or equivalent.
  • Registered with Social Work England (SWE).
  • Able to pass a clear enhanced DBS check.
  • Experience of formulating support, protection and care plans which consider the range of services appropriate to meeting the needs of

    children/young people and their parents/carers and families.
  • MASH or First Response Team (FRT) experience. 
  • Able to build empathetic and supportive relationships with children/young people and their families.
  • Able to communicate clearly and directly both verbally and in writing, with the use of interpreters and translators when required.
  • Working knowledge of all statutory duties and responsibilities relating to children and families, including:
    • Legislation
    • Regulations and Standards
    • Government Objectives and Initiatives
    • National and Common Assessment Framework
  • Ability and willingness to travel for business purposes.
About Harrow

Harrow Council is the 12th largest London borough, and home to over a quarter of a million people. As one of the most culturally diverse local authorities in the UK,  Harrow is a great place to live, work and visit; in our borough, a range of cultures, religions and opinions come together to produce high achieving schools and a close and friendly community.

As part of Harrow Children’s Services, we want our colleagues to live our values. These values describe what we stand for and how we do things at Harrow whilst inspiring, challenging and guiding us towards the delivery of our organisational ambitions and goals. Our three values are: Be Courageous, Do It Together and Make It Happen These values will also help us to achieve our equalities vision of being a proud, fair & cohesive Harrow, a great place to live, work & visit.

Social Work in Harrow is about practicing statutory children’s social work, promoting quality, consistency, and effectiveness of social work practice to ensure that children’s outcomes are positive. In terms of learning and development opportunities it is vital to have a comprehensive understanding of Children’s Services core standards to facilitate best practice in line with UK legislation, statutory and government and local guidance, incorporate the voice of the child in all we do and having an Anti-Racism and Inclusion perspectives.

In addition to the above, we already have a unique development program:

  • a Management School

  • a comprehensive weekly workshop programme for social workers

  • Connected by Culture, a monthly workshop supporting our cultural competence and anti-racist practice.

We offer our social workers:

  • Competitive salary inclusive of Market Factor

  • The council offers a retention bonus of £3,000, which is paid after 3 years continuous service and a further £3,000 after a further 3 years of continuous service. This bonus is subject to conditions. 

  • Up to 25 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays) rising to 30 days (plus bank holidays) after more than 5 years’ service

  • An attractive Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) 

  • Relocation allowance up to £6,000 (subject to eligibility)

  • Development opportunities in key areas of specific lead roles, giving you the opportunity to learn new skills and to develop your practice

  • Access to our corporate health and wellbeing services offering free confidential advice on a wide range of issues

If you have any questions about applying for this role, or are interested in having an informal discussion about working in children's social care at Harrow, please contact us at