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Consultant Social Worker

Suffolk County Council
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24 June 2021 11:30 PM
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  • £32,910 pro rata for part time
  • 37 hours per week (part time hours can be considered)
  • Permanent

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Suffolk County Council (SCC) Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Team as a Consultant Social Worker, working from Landmark House, Ipswich.

Your role

This role offers a great development opportunity for an existing Consultant/Senior Social Worker looking for new challenges, or for an experienced and highly competent Social Worker ready to take the next steps into management.

Working in the Suffolk MASH provides practitioners with a unique opportunity to gain experience of multi-agency working and knowledge of child protection more quickly than in almost any other setting.

The MASH CSW role is office-based but always dynamic, varied, fast-paced and rewarding. At times the work can be demanding and stressful, so resilience and a strong work ethic are needed to effectively manage the particular challenges of the role. However, the MASH prides itself on a strong and supportive team ethos.

Your responsibilities

  • Co-ordinating the routine activities of professionals working in the MASH
  • Modelling the highest professional, child-focused practice
  • Chairing Strategy Threshold Discussions with colleagues from MASH Police, MASH Health and other professionals
  • Providing management oversight on the progress and quality of work within the MASH
  • Reaching safe decision on a range of contacts to CYPS, ensuring SB thresholds are accurately and consistently applied
  • Providing information, advice, or guidance to colleagues and stakeholders
  • Managing quality assurance processes to support high quality service standards and practice.

The successful candidates will contribute to the leadership and management of a busy Multi-Agency team, building on effective interagency collaboration and helping to improve quality of practice with the MASH. They will have strong, evidence-based assessment skills, proven analytical and critical thinking and a sound working knowledge of child development, child protection, SB thresholds and Signs of Safety principles.

You will need

Applicants must hold a relevant Social Work qualification, be registered as a qualified social worker with Social Work England and be suitably experienced in working with children and families. Previous applicants need not apply.

Travelling requirements for your role

Frequent Travel - This organisation positively encourages the use of technology to communicate and engage, but in this role, you will need to operate across a wide and rural area, so you must either hold a full and current driving licence and have access to personal transport or meet the mobility requirements of the role through other reasonable and suitable means.

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Barbara Metcalfe or Samantha Wandera on (01473) 263200.

To apply and for more information, please follow this link and take note of the application instructions.

Due to the current situation with Covid-19, we have strict limitations on staff working in our offices and most of us are being asked to work from home. If you wish to discuss how that might impact your working arrangements, please contact the recruiting manager listed at the bottom of this advert.

This authority 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. DBS checks or police vetting will be required for relevant posts.

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