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Social Worker

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Job Introduction

A rewarding opportunity for a Social Worker to join our Children with Disabilities Team.

This is a specialist social work team that offers support to children and young people with disabilities aged up to 18 and their families.

The service comprises of a team of social workers and assistants, and we work in partnership with children and young people, families, and other services such as health, education, and community organisations.

We offer a £4,000 market supplement (pro rata), excellent training and career progression opportunities and a range of other benefits including some homeworking.

Main Responsibility

  • Ensure assessments are carried out effectively, speaking to/observing the child and young person, and within timescales so that their care needs are clearly identified and recorded.
  • Ensure accurate individual case records are maintained electronically for children and young people.
  • Devise, implement and monitor childcare plans and interventions appropriate for each child/family to address identified needs through regular reviews in line with statutory timescales and legislation.
  • All duties carried out are in line with the Children Act 1989 and other relevant legislation.
  • Work alongside other agencies and family services to provide a comprehensive range of child support services and solutions.
  • Responsible for managing a childcare workload which involves supporting children within their families or in care settings, taking timely action to protect children and working with other services to ensure their needs are met.
  • Work closely with other agencies and services in a co-operative way, sharing information and planning care together to meet the needs of the child and young person holistically.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Social work qualification (DipSW, CQSW, Degree in Social Work or equivalent) and registered as a Social Worker with Social Work England, with proven ability to relate professionally with children and families evidenced through previous work as a Social Worker.
  • Keeping up to date with policy and legislation and developments in professional practice. Using reflection and other techniques and development tools to continually improve professional practice.
  • Ability to analyse, summarise, write and record relevant information clearly and concisely so that it is easily understood by users and colleagues, including using IT systems effectively where necessary.
  • Able to communicate clearly with clients and with other colleagues, and can question, challenge, solve problems and complete tasks in a timely manner, finding cost effective solutions to meet children’s needs.
  • For this role you are required to have a full UK driving licence and provide evidence of your vehicle insurance with business use. If you are successful, you will be required to supply evidence of your licence prior to starting the role.
  • Should you be offered the role, as part of the pre-employment checks an enhanced DBS will be actioned for you (unless you are on the DBS Update Service).

Package Description

In addition to your salary, we offer a range of benefits including:

  • Great holiday benefits - most roles include 28 days annual leave every year on top of public (bank) holidays, increasing to 32 days after five years.  In addition, there is a holiday purchase scheme allowing staff to purchase up to 5 additional days of leave each year.
  • Excellent pension – everyone who works for us can join the national Local Government Pension Scheme, widely regarded as one of the best available.
  • A full range of family friendly policies including enhanced maternity, adoption and paternity support and a childcare subsidy.
  • Access to an award-winning employee benefits programme that includes a health cash plan, a low-cost bike purchase scheme as well as high street discounts and money off entertainment and travel.
  • Blue Light Card - employees working within social care can qualify for an additional range of discounts from national retailers and local businesses.

Our roles are either designated ‘site based’ or ‘home based’. ‘Site based’ roles can include up to two days a week working from home whilst ‘home based’ roles are based at home four days a week.  Of course, managers designate which category roles are in based on the needs of the service and the circumstances.

About The Organisation

Milton Keynes City Council is a large, modern and financially stable employer with around 2,500 people working across our eight areas. Together we provide local residents and businesses with a wide range of important round-the-clock services and aim to make our city a better place to live.

We work hard because of the demands placed on us, like protecting children from harm or preventing homelessness. However, working for the city is always rewarding and everyone has the opportunity to make a real difference. 

We’re very proud of our diversity and are committed to having a workforce that reflects the community we serve. Whatever your background, you will be welcome here if you share our values of being dedicated, respectful and collaborative.

We offer great training and support and because of the size and scale of the organisation there are always new opportunities to explore when it’s time for a new role.

If you’d like to know more about how we do things and what matters to us, take a look at our short booklet What makes us Milton Keynes City Council.

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