In Wandsworth we are proud of our ambition for children and young people.  We want them to reach their full potential, develop skills for life and enjoy healthy lifestyles.  We want them to be safe from harm and abuse. Above all, we want them happy and active members of our community.

Our vision puts families first.  We have invested in our services over the past two-and-a-half years, in terms of expanding capacity and ensuring that we have the right roles, skills and focus to support children and their families at every stage of the child’s journey.

Our growing emphasis is on prevention and early intervention and we are implementing an Early Help Strategy to achieve this.  Developments include a single front door and an enhanced early help pathway to support families who do not meet the care threshold. We are strengthening our focus on early permanence and we have ensured that managers have the tools and capacity to provide supportive oversight and supervision.  It has been fast-paced journey but we are already reaping the benefits.

The resources available to families within the Borough are second to none, which means you will be empowered and able to help them make long-term positive changes. It’s with this resolve – and with our determination to do the right thing – that we’re inviting experienced Social Workers to join us.

Social work, as a profession, continues to face challenges. We are, however, creating an ambitious, creative and aspirational team who are listening to ideas, making suggestions, and acting on feedback. We really are working together to protect the Borough’s most vulnerable children. So, if you became a Social Worker to make a positive change for the lives of others, we want to hear from you.

Pay & Reward

We know that to recruit passionate, dedicated social workers – where there’s simply more demand than the available resource – we must show our appreciation in other, more tangible ways. That’s why we have put together an attractive package for all our social workers. 

In return for your skills, knowledge and experience, you will receive an appropriate starting salary and a friendly, kind, positive and supportive working culture.

We also offer:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Manageable Caseloads
  • Social Work professional development opportunities for all staff. (You may also be able to get sponsorship for approved job-related qualifications.)
  • Regular reflective supervision
  • Annual Social Work Conference
  • Practice evaluation
  • Retention bonus of £3k every two years
  • Performance Related Salary Progression scheme paid annually
  • 31 days’ annual leave to all employees plus bank holidays
  • Relocation package for experienced social workers moving to London

 

Transport Links:  

  • Underground (London only): East Putney, Clapham South, Tooting Bec and Balham underground stations (Northern Line) provide connections into both the City and the West End.
  • Overground: Good transport links at Wandsworth Town and Earlsfield, Wandsworth Common Overground station allow quick access into Victoria/Waterloo via Clapham Junction.
  • Bus routes: A wide range of bus routes serve the area.
  • Car: 10-minute drive to Chelsea, quick access to A3/M25.

 

Wandsworth Council is committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Council and can improve the way we deliver services. Our diversity is our strength, and makes Wandsworth an exciting and dynamic place to live and work.

Team Manager – Children and Families

GRADE PO6

Up to £49,200 plus performance related pay.

EXPERIENCE TO DELIVER

WE GIVE YOU WHAT THEY NEED

At Wandsworth, we believe that if we invest in new ways of thinking and working, you’ll have everything you need to do the job you trained for. In turn, that means we’re able to deliver the best possible support for children and young people.

In this key role, you’ll have overall responsibility for an Assistant Team Manager and a wider team of six to eight social workers, overseeing quality assurance, performance management and high-quality, reflective supervision. Through your professional experience and management skills, you will ensure that children remain safe and that our social work helps to deliver the Borough’s vison and strategic priorities.

Specifically, your team management responsibilities will include recruitment, retention, development and the allocation of workload, as well as supervision to ensure consistent high standards of casework. You will lead investigations into any complaints from service users, relatives or carers and take financial responsibility for the budget allocated to the team.

Your wider remit will be to highlight areas of best practice, provide professional advice and support on casework and undertake a range of quality assurance activity.

An HCPC-registered graduate with an appropriate social work qualification, it’s obviously vital you have systematic knowledge of relevant legislation and are familiar with new evidence-based research. We are also looking for an advanced qualification in social work (such as a specialist award in working with children and families) or evidence that you can work at this level.

You will have experience of managing a team or service with a similar complex caseload and will have a well-developed understanding of assessment, planning and intervention.

Team Manager Job Description

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Assistant Team Manager – Children and Families

GRADE PO5

Up to £46,347 plus performance related pay.

COMMITMENT TO INSPIRE

WE GIVE YOU WHAT THEY NEED

At Wandsworth, we believe that if we invest in new ways of thinking and working, you’ll have everything you need to do the job you trained for. In turn, that means we’re able to deliver the best possible support for children and young people.

Working closely alongside our Team Manager to deliver our vision and strategic values, you will have direct responsibility for three or four social workers, as well as any newly-qualified colleagues, students, trainees and support staff.

Using MI and audit findings, you will oversee performance management and quality assurance, making certain that examples of excellence are shared. You will also mentor and support social workers in dealing with their most complex cases – ensuring that they receive high-quality supervision and that team members have the opportunity for reflection and analysis.

We’ll expect you to deputise for the Team Manager when required and support them across a range of areas, including recruitment and retention of staff and the chairing of meetings.

In lieu of carrying your own caseload, you will be expected to act as an expert in this specialist field, offering advice and guidance, while establishing collaborative working with allied health and social care professionals. You will bring together and co-ordinate the team around the child to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to safeguarding.

An HCPC-registered graduate with an appropriate social work qualification, it’s obviously vital you have systematic knowledge of relevant legislation and are familiar with new evidence-based research. We are also looking for an advanced qualification in social work (such as a specialist award in working with children and families) or evidence that you can work to this level.

You will have experience of managing a team or service with a similar complex caseload and will have a well-developed understanding of assessment, planning and intervention.

Assistant Team Manager Job Description

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Social Workers And Senior Social Workers – Children and Families

GRADES SO2 – PO3

Up to £40,653 plus performance related pay.

COLLABORATION TO PROTECT

WE GIVE YOU WHAT THEY NEED

At Wandsworth, we believe that if we invest in new ways of thinking and working, you’ll have everything you need to do the job you trained for. In turn, that means we’re able to deliver the best possible support for children and young people.

Working under the shared staffing agreement between us and the London Borough of Richmond, you will be responsible for delivering a high-quality and responsive social work service. We’ll expect you to act as the lead professional in statutory cases – including child protection, care proceedings and looked-after children – while undertaking the full range of social work tasks with children in need and their families.

It’s a role that will see you work collaboratively with allied health and social care practitioners, bringing together and co-ordinating the team around the child to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to safeguarding, as well as Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Review (APIR).

We look for people with a ‘can do’ attitude, who are prepared to be accountable for achieving the best possible outcomes. You will focus on residents and service users to ensure they receive the highest standards of provision and improve outcomes for children and families.

You will need a relevant social work qualification and HCPC membership, along with experience of working across voluntary and statutory agencies. A good communicator, you will be confident in APIR and understand the needs of children and young people. You will also have applied knowledge of relevant legislation and guidance. 

Social Worker / Senior Social Worker Job Description   

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