Senior Social Worker

Posted 30th May, 2024
Location
Hammersmith and Fulham
Salary/rate
£44,862 – £53,109
Hours
Full-time
Working arrangements
Blended
Contract type
Permanent
Closing date
30th Jun, 2024
About the role

Hammersmith & Fulham offer a range of opportunities to grow your career and develop your expertise. We are looking for talented and motivated experienced social workers who share our values to join our frontline services: Contact and Assessment, Family Support and Child Protection, and Children and Looked After and Care Leavers teams. 

Following our last ILACS inspection, Ofsted awarded Hammersmith and Fulham Children’s Services OUTSTANDING.

The report is a reflection of the determination, empathy, and commitment of H&F’s staff to improving children and young people's lives.

Since the last inspection, highly effective and committed leaders have continued to make improvements:

  • Social workers enjoy the supportive environment that leaders have created in the borough, allowing impressive social work practice to flourish.They talk positively about career progression opportunities and are supported to learn useful skills for direct work with families.
  • Investment in one additional social work team within the assessment and support services has significantly reduced caseloads and is assisting workers to visit children more frequently and work more intensively with them and their families.

We appreciate and value our employees and recognise the importance of a motivated and supported workforce who have a good work life balance. We will support your development through a variety of opportunities across the council which include:
•    High quality regular reflective supervision 
•    Training opportunities, including training in systemic practice
•    Clinical family therapist allocated to each service 
•    Hybrid working and flexible working options 
•    2 wellbeing days a month in addition to generous annual leave
•    Very competitive pay rates with well established social work career progression scheme

Our mission is to be the best council. To do this we need the best people to help build our vision. If you are a social worker committed to relational practice and improving lives, looking to develop your career in a fast-paced, professional environment whilst making a difference, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Appointments of social workers with some experience but not yet ready to apply for the senior role will be considered for a social worker role. 

This a rolling advert and interviews will be offered as and when successful candidates are shortlisted.

About you

Please refer to the Role Profile for more information.

SPECIALIST CHILD CARE DUTIES

  • Provide a preventative and rehabilitative service in with expectations of the Children’s Act and facilitating appropriate resources where necessary to enable children to remain with their own families.
  • Assess situations where children are referred as being in need of protection, accommodation or care provision, being particularly mindful of equal opportunities issues.
  • Plan quickly and effectively, involving carers as partners in the decisions made in respect of children.
  • Aim that children should remain with their own families wherever possible.  Where it is legally upheld that natural family circumstances have irretrievably broken down to plan a secure and permanent home future for children, ensuring they have clear information about their own background and contact with natural relatives wherever possible.
  • Provide an emergency service for assessment and action where children are referred as being at risk of immediate physical danger.
About Hammersmith and Fulham

Hammersmith & Fulham is a vibrant and exciting London Borough to live, work and socialise in. Our borough is home to over 195,000 people from communities all over the world, all benefitting from some of the best public services and amenities in the country.

We strive to be a place where every child has the best possible start in life, grows up feeling cherished, loved and realises their full potential as young citizens. We offer our children's social workers:

  • An opportunity to work for an Ofsted ‘GOOD’ local authority with ‘Outstanding’ Youth Justice Service

  • Supportive, nurturing and friendly environment with a commitment to EDI initiatives

  • Manageable caseloads

  • Very competitive pay rates with well established social work career progression scheme

  • Access to the Local Government Pensions Scheme

  • Annual leave entitlement of up to 34 days

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Season ticket loan scheme

  • Flexible and hybrid working

  • Employee wellbeing and assistance programme

  • Excellent learning & development opportunities

  • Staff benefits portal that gives you access to a wide range of local and national offers and discounts

People Values:

How we act defines who we are. At the heart of our organisation is a common approach to defining ‘who we are’. We are looking for people who can build this into everything they do.

We are fair

We treat everyone with compassion, dignity and fairness. We value the views and opinion of others, and promote benefits and opportunities for all.

We are caring

We care about our borough and doing things well. We focus on standards and continuous improvement; learning from our mistakes and celebrating success.

We are collaborators

We work together for a better society. We work with our residents, businesses, schools, third sector and others for better outcomes for everyone.

We are driven

We will only settle for the very best. We seek to continually improve and put our residents, customers and businesses at the heart of everything we do.

Recruiting for Attitude:

Your skills and ability are important however, we recruit as much for attitude as we do experience. We are looking for people who have the following attributes:

Complex problem-solving

The ability to work within a complex system and find simple solutions and outcomes that deliver real change.

Critical thinking

The ability to challenge the norms through evidence-based approaches using both numerical and critical reasoning and thinking. You can rationalise decision-making and form views quickly and soundly from a range of sources.

Creativity

You take approaches that demonstrate how doing things differently and creatively changes the dynamic in situations. You can apply creative solutions that deliver hard outcomes.

People management

You can get the best out of people. You have a coaching-style and drive through a commitment to personal and professional development. You are clear in your expectations and have exceptional feedback from your team about their working environment. You recognise and support people as individuals.

Coordinating with others

You have the knack of working well with others. You have an appreciation of your own presence and approach and can demonstrate how you have developed and continue to develop how you work with others. You can also recognise how others work, think, and feel to get the most out of collaboration.

Emotional intelligence

You have a high degree of self-awareness and self-regulation in a wide range of situations from one-to-one conversations to team and group dynamics. You can recognise motivating factors and demonstrate empathy appropriately applying a wide range of adaptive social skills.

Judgement and decision making

You can take rational and evidence-based decisions and take responsibility for your decisions and actions. Where there is ambiguity or a lack of evidence you can demonstrate the ability to understand the environment and show flexibility in applying your judgement.

Negotiation

You can demonstrate an understanding of the range of skills and techniques required to successfully negotiate with a range of other partners. This includes understanding how to structure and undertake successful negotiation on an organisational-wide level.

Service orientation

You must be unequivocal in your commitment and drive for outstanding service delivery. Both in terms of the quality of products and work delivered as well as the achievement of objectives. You and your team can demonstrate how your overall contribution to the organisation and service delivers to our organisational aims and objectives.

Cognitive flexibility

The ability to recognise the environment in which you work and adapt and shift to this environment to maximise your own personal achievement and lead others in the same approach. Applying cognitive flexibility to situations of significant change and transformation.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.

Corporate Equalities Employment Policy: In order to combat discrimination, no unnecessary conditions or requirements will be applied which could have a disproportionately adverse effect on any one group. All sections of the population will have equal access to jobs. No applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity, unless a Genuine Occupational Qualification (GOQ) applies.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

If you have any questions about applying for roles within H&F Children’s Services, please contact via email CYPSrecruitment@lbhf.gov.uk