Social Worker - (0-12 Care & Support Team) (Dorchester)

Posted: 1 week ago

Dorset Council

£28,785 - £33799 (depending on level and experience)

Full Time

Social Worker

37 hours per week

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Care and Support 0-12 Looked After Children team based in Dorchester.

The 0-12 team has responsibility for the completion of court work and achieving permanence for children under the age of 13. It works closely with colleagues in the district teams, adoption team, fostering, virtual school and health to provide an excellent quality of care for our children in care.

Social Workers have the opportunity to develop their skills and interests through high quality training, supervision and support. You will need to be able to work flexible hours and be prepared to travel within the UK.

Interview Date: 20th May 2019

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This is a unique opportunity to join a brand new council in Dorset – home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast and thriving market towns and villages with a strong sense of community and identity.  

On 1 April 2019, five district and borough councils and the county council were replaced by the new Dorset Council which will deliver more efficient, accessible and modern public services.  

You will have the opportunity to build your career in a modern, flexible and inclusive organisation, and this is an exciting time to join – at the start of our journey together. 

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You must have a degree in social work/Occupational Therapy or equivalent, be registered with the HCPC and be able to fulfil the travel requirements of the post.

Dorset Council requires all newly qualified social workers to undertake the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE) and meet the expected standards during the ASYE period. The ASYE arrangements should normally apply to the appointment of all newly qualified social workers who qualified after September 2012 unless they can demonstrate that they already fully meet the standards laid out in the professional capabilities framework (PCF).  Please and the (if children’s SW post).

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A generous relocation package is payable, of which up to £8,000 (of HMRC eligible elements) are free of tax. Depending on your personal circumstance our package provides options to help you relocate whether you are looking to buy or rent and includes; an initial advance of up to £2,500 payable when you start, help towards fees associated with buying/selling (up to £6,500) and an option to receive help towards your rent or mortgage in the first two years. 

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Jennifer Warr

01305 221479

Job Reference

Reference: 61028248B

Closing Date: 28 April 2019