Sessional Social Worker (Emergency Duty Team) RBKC613907

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£100 flat rate up to and including first 2 hours of the shift. £30 an hour after if called out.
WFH unless called out
Job Type
Full Time

With a determination to put people at the heart of everything that we do, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is committed to providing our local residents with a great quality of life. This commitment is particularly important when considering children in need, and as such, we are partnering with our friends at Westminster City Council and Hammersmith & Fulham Council to provide emergency cover for children whenever they need us – and it is here that we need you. 

The Role:

While many local authorities use sessional Social Workers sparingly, we know that they play a vital role in protecting children beyond regular working hours. In this highly varied role within the Shared Service Emergency Duty Team, you will therefore be available for call-outs, as and when children most need you. This will be Monday to Friday, between the hours of 5pm and 1am, while on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays (including Christmas Day) we might ask you to support us in either the 9am-5pm shift, or 5pm to 1am. Within the shift you are working, you might be called out at any time, but never after 1am when working the evening shift. With the scope to fit this work around your existing job, this is a great way to earn a little extra – while making a tangible difference to children at their most vulnerable moments. 

If you are called out, you will carry out emergency risk assessments and child protecting investigations, and use relationship-based approaches to determine the measures that need to be taken to safeguard children. Acting as an ‘appropriate adult’, you may need to place unaccompanied minors, return children to their placement, or handle any other emergency. You might also be their advocate in custody, resolve an immediate family or carer conflict or be the first port of call for an unaccompanied young person.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.  

About You:

This role would be well-suited to a qualified and HCPC-registered Social Worker with a minimum of 4 years of experience, and a good knowledge of the relevant regulations and legislation surrounding child protection. As you will often be travelling to conduct visits at night, you will probably need access to a car, (not essential) and you will be comfortable working alone. With great communication skills and the capacity to work with children and families from a variety of backgrounds and multicultural communities, you will also be able to quickly build relationships with partners in statutory and voluntary agencies. 

In turn, we can offer a flat rate of up to £100 for the shift inclusive of the  first 2 hours of a call out, with £30 an hour thereafter if you are called out.

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

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

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

We do not accept speculative CVs from any source.

Please note, we will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

If you experience difficulties with the recruitment application process, please contact the recruitment team by email:

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This role expires 31/08/2024.
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