Location: Salford - Greater Manchester
Hours: Permanent 37hrs per week
Salary: Circa £31,800 per annum, pro-rata
How we work:
Action for Children does what's right, does what's needed and does what works for children in the UK. Every year, our teams change the lives of 301,000 children, young people and families.
We are looking for a Senior Social Worker to join our team working 37 hours a week. This will be mainly Monday to Friday during the day but there will be some flexibility required to meet the needs of the service.
We are a small, developing fostering service, located in Salford but covering the Greater Manchester area.
We offer mainstream and therapeutic placements for children and young people aged 4 - 18years. We have particular experience of working with adolescents with complex needs as a consequence of trauma and young people who are 'stepping' down from residential care.
Our team consists of social workers, young people's workers and a birth family worker. We also work in partnership with Changing Minds psychology services who support our therapeutic work with children and young people.
The team including foster carers are trained to a high standard; understanding attachment and trauma work along with specific interventions.
Alongside our foster placements we also offer a 'WRAP' service to support existing local authority placements where these are at risk of breakdown. Similarly, support has also been provided to avoid children and young people from entering foster care.
You'll significantly improve young people's lives:
- By working with a small caseload of foster carers to support the children and young people in their care.
- Being part of the team around each child, using trauma informed practice and enabling foster carers to manage complex needs.
- By providing an outcome-focussed service to help children and young people to reach their potential
- By undertaking assessments and matching children and young people to carers
- By visiting the children and young people in their home and in their short break placement
- By attending meetings and working in partnership with other agencies
- A Social Work qualification
- Previous qualified social work experience
- Knowledge of child development and impact of trauma on child development and behaviour, including understanding of underlying theories related to trauma work.
- Ability to work as a member of a team
- Ability to follow direction and supervision
- Ability to establish a strong relationship with foster carers and other professionals to promote the needs of the child and welfare of the carers
- Experience of conducting assessments and producing reports
- Access to a car with business insurance in order to be able to cover the area. The job requires the ability to travel according to the needs of the job, with reasonable adjustments, if required, according to the Equality Act.
- Ability to be flexible. The role requires evenings sometimes at short notice
- To undertake support to carers out of hours on the on call rota.
- A strong work ethic and the ability to work in a fast-paced and challenging environment.
- Minimum 29 days' holiday (pro rata)
- Flexible working, including maternity, paternity and adoption packages
- On call and mileage allowances
- Company pension scheme
- Season ticket travel loans
- Discounts at major high street retailers
- Professional development opportunities
Plus, there's a lot more besides.
This is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to vulnerable children's lives and to build a fulfilling and meaningful career with a leading UK children's charity.
Action for Children is committed to safer recruitment practices, designed to protect the welfare of the children and young people using our services.
If you meet all the criteria and would like to proceed with your application, you'll be redirected to an application form on our website which should only take around 5 minutes to complete. Please have your CV handy to upload. As this job involves working around children, there are some specific questions we need to ask you as part of your application process. Thanks for taking the time to apply and we wish you the best of luck!
We are committed to safer recruitment practices to protect our service users, therefore all applicants are expected to have an understanding of and commitment to safeguarding best-practice.
Action for Children is passionate about promoting equality, valuing diversity and working inclusively. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons particularly people with Disabilities and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce.