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£39,136 - £42,153 (depending on experience - includes generous market rate supplement* and a £4k to £6k welcome payment**)* £6,000 for qualified Social Workers and Experienced Social Workers, ** £6,000 (Family Support); £4,000 (Leaving and After Care)The OpportunityIn continuing to develop the positive transformation of Children's Services, Bedford are committed to finding the kindest, bravest and brightest people who can help them to deliver this vision and build on their achievements. After a successful Ofsted Visit, where Children's Services was described as having 'high staff morale' and staff say they 'feel valued by senior managers and leaders', there has never been a more exciting time to consider a career with Bedford Borough Council. If you'd like to read more please visit our official Ofsted report:

In a bid to attract and retain the best staff, we are offering competitive salaries, relocation packages and welcome bonuses to successful candidates, ensuring that we recognise the value of staff who put Children and Young People 'at the heart of everything we do'.We are currently recruiting Social Workers and Experienced Social Workers to join the following teams:

  • Family Support
  • Leaving and After Care

The PersonYou will have a degree in Social Work or other qualification equal to, and:

  • Successful completion of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment or the Children's Workforce Development Council's Newly Qualified Social Worker programme
  • Experience relevant to the level of Social Work role you're applying for (2-3 years experience )
  • Registration with the HCPC

The RoleYour role will depend on which team you join and which level you apply for, however, the core responsibilities will include:

  • By building effective relationships with children, young people and their families/carers you will help elicit their needs and views and promote participation in decision making
  • Undertake assessments in accordance with statutory/regulatory and operational standards, policy and procedures for the service
  • Planning, implementing and reviewing a range of interventions for children, young people and families/carers in accordance with statutory/regulatory and operational standards, policy and procedures for the service
  • Managing a workload independently, seeking support and suggesting solutions for workload difficulties
  • Maintaining accurate, up to date records safely and confidentially in accordance with Bedford Council's policies and procedures

The Rewards

  • £4,000- £6,000 Welcome Payment*
  • £6,000 Market Rate Supplement on top of the salary
  • £2,000 Retention Bonus after four years
  • Relocation Scheme up to £8,000 for eligible candidates
  • Minimum of 26 days annual leave rising to 31 days after 5 years local government service
  • A Tablet-mode laptop and phone
  • Flexible working hours and patterns to help maintain work-life balance, with a Flexi-time Scheme
  • Plus many other employee benefits

* £6,000 (Family Support); £4,000 (Leaving and After Care)

If this sounds like an opportunity not to be missed, and you're interested in taking your next step towards a fantastic career with Bedford Council, please send your CV directly to or click the apply button below.

Ref: BBCQSW1701

Guidant Global is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy. Guidant Global is committed to diversity and flexibility in the workplace. If you require any reasonable adjustments to support you during the application process, please mention this at any stage.

11/04/2019 11:28:01
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