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Senior Social Worker

  • Job reference: DH2705
  • Location: Barking and Dagenham, London
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Area of Expertise: Qualified Social Work
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Job description: Senior Social Worker, Adolescent Team

Department: Adolescent and Youth Offending Service
Division: Children's Care and Support (Operational)
Location: Roycraft House
Contract Type: Full Time - Permanent
Hours per Week: 35
Compensation: £40,728 - £42,681 (Grade PO4 pro-rota) + £2.5k

This is a really exciting time to come and join the newly created Adolescent team, our multidisciplinary response to the range of exploitative situations faced by some of the most vulnerable children in our borough. The team includes social workers, a family therapist, a harmful sexual behaviour specialist, missing children coordinators and is supported by colleagues from Prevent and Safer London.

This team sits alongside the Youth Offending Service to create a joined up targeted response which supports us in having a holistic focus on the young person within a contextual safeguarding environment.

Barking and Dagenham has a rapidly growing 0-19 population and we recognise that not all risks faced by children originate from within the family home. We have been chosen to work with experts from the University of Bedfordshire to help embed a contextual safeguarding approach to tackle these issues, alongside our partners across Barking and Dagenham.

As part of this team you will supervise and support newly qualified and student social workers as well as missing children coordinators who work with children and young people that have been victims of or are at risk from a range of exploitative situations. You will be responsible for undertaking complex assessments and managing a small caseload alongside your supervisory responsibilities. You will report into the Adolescent Team manager and will have a passion for working with complex and often resistant adolescents but be rewarded by being part of a very supportive and dynamic team.

Special Requirements for this Post

We welcome applications from qualified and experienced candidates. You will need to have a Social Work degree or DipSW, completed your ASYE and have three years post qualifying experience. You will need to hold a current Social Work England registration. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and a comprehensive screening process will be undertaken on successful applicants including an Enhanced Children's Department of Barring Services check.

About You

We are recruiting a dedicated, passionate, senior social worker who can engage and work well with adolescents. If you want to help improve the life experience of children and families involved in all forms of exploitation, then this job is for you.

You will have a sound understanding of their development and need to have a good understanding of contextual safeguarding, exploitation and a successful track record of developing good working relationships with partner agencies.

Benefits of working with Service care solutions

Free Payroll Service*
SCS will fund the £9 a week fee via ARCH Umbrella company! if you secure a Qualified Social worker role.
Candidate Referral Bonus
SCS offer £250 for every Qualified Social Worker you refer over to us!
(£150 after 6 weeks in the assignment and £100 after completing 12 weeks)

Find your own job bonus
SCS will offer £150 to Qualified Social Workers sourcing their own job and referring it to the agency you must be placed in the role for 4weeks before payment can be made!

Permanent Qualified Social Worker Bonus*
If you are placed in to a permanent position by SCS we will pay £250 after you have completed 12 weeks in the role!

Subsidised training

If you are interested in the role, or know of anyone who may be, please contact Delanie Heyes at Service Care Solutions on 01772 208964 or email