Hours: 37 per week
Contract Type: Permanent
Ofsted have rated us as a GOOD children's social care across all areas following our recent inspection.
Ofsted found that:
'Children's lived experience is at the centre of social work practice on the Island.'
'Aspirational and highly competent leaders have a clear and shared vision for children's services.'
We work in partnership with Hampshire County Council who Ofsted have rated as OUTSTANDING across all areas. We are now recruiting experienced social workers to help us work towards achieving our ambition of also being an outstanding service for children and families on the Isle of Wight. You will join one of our Child Assessment and Safeguarding Teams. These teams combine the functions of referral and assessment with children in need to reduce transition points for children. One of the roles is with our Children's Disability Team
We are embarking upon a significant two-year investment programme of social work transformation. Building on our successful Family Intervention Team approach, we have recruited two children's mental health and emotional well-being professionals to work with our social workers.
These professionals will join our adult mental health worker and adult substance misuse workers who work with the adults in the family alongside you as the child’s social worker.
You will also have support from a Social Worker Personal Assistant who will provide you with dedicated business administrative support plus you will have mobile working technology to enable flexible working. Our focus is on safeguarding children, whilst recognising strengths and building resilience within individuals, families and local communities.
We have invested heavily in continuing professional development across our workforce ensuring that we support colleagues to deliver evidence-based best practice through our active membership of Research in Practice. You will have access to extensive quality training and professional development opportunities. We offer a nine-day fortnight, so that you can enjoy all the lifestyle choices the Isle of Wight has to offer. You will also have an additional five days free to dedicate to your continuing professional development. With 31 days of annual leave, agile and flexible working opportunities, you will be able to achieve that work/life balance you have been looking for. Please click for a full list of staff benefits https://www.iow.gov.uk/Council/OtherServices/Human-Resources/Benefits-Package
The Isle of Wight is a dynamic employer of choice for social workers nationally looking to advance their social work career resulting in our low turnover and our high retention rates. Our management pathway supports social workers into management roles with some achieving team manager status within three years and service manager within five years.
For those considering relocating, we offer a generous relocation package of up to £8,000. We also pay a market supplement which is reviewed annually. For those who decide to commute daily, we can reimburse ferry travel costs. We also support social workers who are thinking about returning to social work practice.
For more information about our services please click to https://www.iow.gov.uk/Residents/Care-Support-and-Housing/Childrens-Services/
If you would like to get a taste of what it’s like to live on the Isle of Wight, please take a look at this short video http://youtu.be/KPoGnUvCiv4
We look forward to receiving your application.
For further information or an informal discussion please contact Kim Goode, Service Manager Operations, on 01983 821000 ext 6288.
Find out more about working for the Isle of Wight Council and living on the Island here.
This council and its schools recruit according to the council’s Safer Recruitment policy and are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment.
The Isle of Wight Council protects its employees from discrimination, we actively promote the diversity of our workforce and we provide flexible working options (where appropriate) to support the different needs of our employees. The Isle of Wight Council is an equal opportunities employer and is proud to encourage applications from all cultures, backgrounds and abilities to better reflect the diversity within our local community.
In addition to the above, the Isle of Wight Council is a Disability Confident Employer. This means that providing an individual meets the basic essential requirements of the advertised role and have declared themselves as disabled, they will be offered an opportunity for an interview within the council.
Please view information pack and complete your job application online at www.iwight.com/jobvacancies Telephone 01983 823134 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further information about applying. Please note only applications completed and submitted online by the closing date will be accepted.
In the interests of efficiency and economy, no further communication will be sent to you unless you reach the final shortlist. This means that if you do not hear from the recruiting manager within three weeks of the closing date, we regret that your application will not have been successful on this occasion.
Please note that this role falls within the strategic partnership between the Isle of Wight Council and Hampshire County Council. The employer will be the Isle of Wight Council and employment is on Isle of Wight terms and conditions. Hampshire County Council delivers, on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council, all of its children’s services functions and did so for an agreed period of five years from 1 July 2013, the original five-year partnership arrangement under direction of the Secretary of State finished in 2018 but has been extended voluntarily by both local authorities for a further five years.
The management reporting line for this role is ultimately through Hampshire County Council Children’s Services Director/Assistant Director and managers who take operational responsibility for children’s services.