Emergency Duty Social Worker RBKC616772

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£41,967 - £50,008 per annum. Plus out of hours allowance and shift allowance.
Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Job Type
Full Time

About Us:

Help children and families navigate their way through the most complex challenges. 

At the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, we are committed to ensuring every member of our community is able to enjoy a safe and secure lifestyle, regardless of their age or whatever life has thrown at them. We know that crisis situations don't always happen during our regular working hours, so it is imperative that we have the most compassionate people ready to support our community at all times of the day. And as a member of our ‘Out of Hours Service’, that is where you come in. Working in partnership with our friends in Westminster, Hammersmith and Fulham councils, you will see to it that we are providing a seamless response to every emergency that happens between 9pm and 5am during weekdays, and 9am until 5pm or 5pm to 9am on weekends and Bank Holidays. 

The Role:

As an Emergency Duty Social Worker, you will respond to crises relating to children and families that emerge beyond regular office hours, ensuring the relevant measures have been put in place to contain problems and ensure everyone involved is safe. As such, we will expect you to collaborate with the Police in which you will go to meet parents, carers and young people (up to the age of 25) and children, where you will identify the information you need in order to make an effective assessment on the pressures immediately faced by these individuals, and determine what needs to happen next. Providing in-depth reports on the decisions and safety plans you have made, you will see to it that our day-service colleagues have all the insight they need to take over by 9am the next working day, including details of emergency protection orders, child protection investigations, acting as an “appropriate adult” for vulnerable children being interviewed by the Police and so forth. With asylum seekers, looked after children and youth offenders all falling into your remit, this is a great chance to help some of the most troubled young people, ensuring their voices are always heard. 

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.

About You:

To make the most of this great role, you will need to be very friendly and outgoing in order to quickly build relationships with families and young people in times of stress. With great communication skills, you will use your powers of persuasion to take the heat out of a situation, and help youths find more peaceful paths. From a practical point of view, you will be a qualified Social Worker with an active registration, and an exceptional knowledge of the relevant legislation. Highly organised with the ability to prioritise your own workload, you will have plenty of autonomy in deciding how to go about your duties, though you will always find a great deal of support from our knowledgeable colleagues. We work as a team to ensure everyone has a good work-life balance, so it would be ideal if you also have the flexibility to occasionally swap shifts with colleagues. 

This is a great opportunity to take on deeply satisfying work that is also conducive to a good work-life balance. With a competitive benefits package that includes a generous salary and access to hybrid working (though the nature of your work will mean you are often working in the community or in the office), you will find this is a Social Work role unlike any other. Join us in this fulfilling work, and we are confident that you won’t want to leave – the volume of long-term team members in our midst are certainly testament to just how much we all enjoy being part of our department!  

Please apply online explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description. CV’s will not be considered for this role. 

We reserve the right to extend or close this vacancy early without warning subject to the volume of suitable applicants.

Application process

Please do not upload any documents, including CVs/Covering Letters or supporting statements, as these documents will not be reviewed and could result in your application not being shortlisted.

You should describe how you meet the person specification requirements for the position you are applying for in Section G of the application form.

Additional information:

The council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff to share this commitment. 

 We make sure all our staff are vetted to a high standard by conducting pre-employment checks to assess and assure the trustworthiness, integrity, and ability of prospective employees. This includes validating identity, right to work in the UK, qualifications (where applicable), work history (including the investigation of gaps) and referencing. They may also involve criminal record checks (UK and overseas).

We promote equality, welcome diverse applicants, and ensure inclusivity in our recruitment and selection process.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

Information about the safeguarding of children and support for families:

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We do not accept speculative CVs.

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This role expires 16/06/2024.
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