We are looking for a Consultant Social Worker to come and join us here in Warrington.

As a consultant social worker (CSW), you will be part of a pioneering programme, training the next generation of social workers in your local authority who are part of the Frontline programme. CSWs play a crucial role in supporting and assessing Frontline participants, developing them into outstanding social workers who will make a real difference to children and families.

Each CSW is responsible for four or five participants who are undertaking an MSc in Relationship Based Social Work. CSWs work with participants using a unit model approach – a systemic practice model for working with families, with cases managed through weekly unit meetings. These meetings provide a dynamic learning environment and a reflective space to think systemically about the cases in your unit.

The role offers those who wish to remain in practice the opportunity to do so alongside the chance to take on supervisory and management responsibility for a small team. The CSW role involves three core elements.

As a CSW you will be involved in working directly with children and families allocated to your unit. A key way in which the participants will learn will be through observing your practice with these families. Over the course of the year you will ensure your participants are exposed to a wide range of different cases, gradually increasing the complexity of their work as they take on more responsibility.

You will be the practice educator for each participant. At Frontline we place an emphasis on direct observation of practice, and over the year you will observe and grade direct observations of each participants’ practice. You will be responsible for their overall assessment, and will recommend if they should qualify as social workers at the end of the year. You don’t need to have previously been a practice educator, as during your training you will work towards achieving the stage two of the Practice Educator Professional Standards.

You will have overall management and oversight of the unit and sit within the management structure in your local authority. You will be responsible for day-to-day decision making on work with families in the unit, and will manage and supervise your participants. By leading this innovative unit you will be in a unique position to influence and shape practice across the local authority.

The role is challenging, but immensely rewarding as CSWs help their participants develop their professional practice over the course of the year.

A bit about us…

We have a strong vision for social work practice in Warrington and are developing a new approach to social work. We are currently embedding a relationship based practice model that has systemic practice at its core. We are working alongside the Centre for Systemic Social Work, who are providing a comprehensive training programme to social workers and managers across our teams.

Here in Warrington we are proud to be graded Good in all areas in our 2019 Ofsted inspection. Which says;-

“Most social workers are permanent and experienced employees. This is complemented by a continuous supply of both recently qualified and qualifying social workers, who unanimously endorse the high standard of support and early career development provided by the local authority. Social workers’ morale across the service is high, and they are realising the benefits of smaller teams, continuous allocation to children, manageable caseloads and the considerable investment in their training and development. Social workers also appreciate the importance given to their emotional well-being and welfare through regular ‘check-ins’."

We are within easy commutable distance of Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside regions. In addition, we offer flexible working – including a blend of working from home/remotely

What else we can offer you:

• Great training and progression opportunities.

• We value good supervision and Time to Talk.

• We recognise that everyone is on their own individual journey and will tailor support to help you to achieve.

• We thrive off good multiagency working and relationships and have excellent support services available to assist with supporting families.

Our people make Warrington work!

Because our people do such a great job, we’ve put together an attractive and competitive benefits package.

Just some of the otter benefits for working for Warrington

• Car leasing scheme (salary sacrifice)

• Comprehensive discount shopping platform

• Rail season ticket scheme

• Generous annual leave allowance

• Attractive pension scheme

We’ve recently moved…

We have now moved to our new building in Time Square, this is a great work space with hubs and pods which will provide a great environment to work, furthermore, with cafes and restaurants on the doorstep.

We have high aspirations for our children and welcome those who share our ambition!

So if you want to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people with relationship based practice at the heart of everything we do and develop great relationships, then come and join us in Warrington where we are passionate about our work with children and families. Before applying if you wish to have confidential discussion about the role email Andy Jones (Service Manager) at andy.jones@warrington.gov.uk

DBS clearance is required.

The ability to converse at ease with customers and provide advice in accurate spoken English is essential for the post.

Warrington Borough Council is a Disability Confident employer