Social Worker

Website The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

About Us:

Shape long-term care arrangements that will give children and young people the best start in life.

In Kensington and Chelsea, we put local people and businesses at the heart of decision-making. Working in partnership with our community to deliver responsive, effective and efficient services, we are committed to working creatively and innovatively to better support our population. As such, we have joined forces with Westminster City Council and Hammersmith & Fulham Council to deliver the highest levels of support to residents of all ages, seeing to it that we are capable of meeting their needs, whatever they may be.

Our tri-borough Fostering and Adoption team are at the heart of this ambition. Join them, and you’ll have the chance to conduct the most thorough assessments that will be presented to the Courts and Fostering Panels, while developing your skills in a progressive department.

The Role:

Completing court directed assessments of alternative permanent carers for children and making recommendations on their suitability as well as supervising and supporting carers providing connected persons placements. With the breathing space to really get to grips with each case, you will support frontline Social Workers in delivering the best care plans for these children and their families – and in doing so, you will make a tangible difference to their life outcomes. With the full backing of a friendly and highly engaged team, you will embrace our systemic approach to delivering exceptional social work – an approach that has seen our people recognised as experts in their field.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

About You:

Join us in this maternity-cover role, and you will have the scope to explore a different and deeply interesting aspect of social work. As a qualified and registered Social Worker with experience of working with children and families in a local authority context, you will be well versed in the specifics of child protection, looked after children and court work. Bringing an excellent knowledge of child development (both physical and emotional) to the role, you will be passionate about delivering better outcomes for children via risk management, safeguarding and care planning. We’ll expect you to be a team-player with the ability to work autonomously, and you will be capable of working to short timescales. Crucially, you will have excellent analytical report writing skills, with the communication skills needed to build trust with service users.

In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

Please apply online explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description.

We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council (HCC) who deliver many transactional services on our behalf. Although most communications will be from HCC, all selection and appointment decisions will be made by RBKC. Certain services are shared across more than one Council area to nearby neighbouring Authorities. This enhances delivery and reduces costs. Your recruitment information will advise if your remit extends beyond RBKC.

We will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

Additional information

RBKC is currently inclusively reviewing its pay, reward and benefits framework.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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

To apply for this job please visit careers.newjob.org.uk.