Childrens Services Social Workers - Lincoln
We are a friendly caring team looking for qualified social workers to join us and make a positive difference to the lives of children and families in the city of Lincoln. We are based within a Family Centre, and have a Childrens Centre adjoining us meaning that we are accessible to the communities we support, are co-located with colleagues from other Childrens teams such as Early Help, and have excellent facilities for completing direct work with children and their families and holding meetings, as well as plenty of free secure parking. As we cover just the city of Lincoln, visits to children and families are typically very local.
Lincoln is a thriving small and friendly city on the water, with excellent retail, heritage, hospitality and recreation facilities. There are good transport links, and excellent child care providers, schools and colleges. The beautiful Lincolnshire Wold's are close by and so, in our opinion, are some of the best beaches in the country!
As a team, we work with children from initial referral through child in need and child protection planning and to the point that permanency decisions are made within children's child in care plans. This way of working gets to the heart of what's important to us – building trusting relationships with families to support them to identify their own strengths and keep their children safe. We are supported in this work by excellent relationships with our partners and a strong shared vision of putting children first.
Our leaders think that our continuous professional development is really important, and so we have a strong post-qualifying training and development offer, and this is complimented by payment of our SWE registration fee, free of charge access to Research in Practice, monthly individual professional and case supervision and an annual appraisal which is reviewed monthly and includes a personal development plan. Our practice model is signs of safety and we enjoy taking part in focused group learning on a monthly basis led by our Practice Supervisors. We are also offered other learning and development opportunities within and outside of our team such as coaching, group supervision, shadowing and mentoring and are also able to access support from our Practice Advisors and PLO case manager who provides support and guidance with all aspects of preparing for court.
Though incredibly rewarding, children's social work can be difficult and demanding too and we know that support is vitally important to our emotional wellbeing. We pride ourselves on being an experienced and supportive team, and you can be assured that this peer support (and tea and cake!) will be extended to you should you join us. As well as the support we give each other and our managers give us, we have access to a really good range of emotional wellbeing resources including mindfulness sessions and access to counselling services. Our Authority has adopted a flexible approach to working which will continue as we move out of the pandemic, the combination of office and home working has given added flexibility to our diaries and supported our work/life balance and the ample provision of PPE means peace of mind when we are undertaking home visits to children and families.
In our own words, this is what we think about working in our team – we hope you will be inspired to find out more about joining us by getting in touch with our manager Steve by emailing Steve.Breakell@lincolnshire.gov.uk. He will also be able to arrange for you to speak to one of us so we can share with you why our team should be your next move!
Suzanne "I've been welcomed with open arms and the team are all lovely, great characters, knowledgeable, hardworking team players with no question silly and no query too small. Like everywhere Lincoln is busy and there are complex cases but it wouldn't be proper social work if it didn't.
Even in our current covid climate I don’t feel isolated as a worker as there are support systems in place and there's always someone on hand to speak to. Compared to some areas I've worked Lincoln has some beautiful sights and scenery to see too as I'm out and about".
Sarah "I joined the FAST team in 2017 and from day one I was made to feel valued and welcomed. I was given a mentor and support and guidance, I have found that I now offer support and guidance to those that have joined the team recently as ASYE and seeing them grow in confidence as I have done.
The training and development opportunities here are excellent and have supported my personal development having now progressed to Level 2.
Over the last year we have seen a lot of changes to our practice because of the pandemic such as working from home and virtual meetings. Support has been great to make sure those changes run as smooth as possible and I have not felt I'm on my own and there is always someone to help"
Please be advised that this position may be subject to a criminal record check
All candidates are advised to read the attached job information pack prior to making an application.
On occasion we receive significantly more applications than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward.
We operate a talent pool scheme whereby candidates who are not successful on this occasion may be considered for a period of up to 3 months for similar positions.
Lincolnshire County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
In accordance with Part 7 of the Immigration Act 2016 (Fluency Duty), the ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.