Progressed Social Worker Integrated Front Door
Cheshire East is an amazing place to live, work, visit and invest. We are proud to be one of the biggest employers in the area, employing around 4000 staff based in offices and other workplaces across the Borough. As a unitary council, we provide many different services and we offer a wide range of opportunities to job applicants from all backgrounds, ages, skills and interests. Our aim is to have a diverse workforce that understands and represents the communities they serve.
We work hard to deliver on our promise to Put Residents First by asking our staff to live our values which we believe underpin our success. To us ‘Putting Residents First’ is about really listening and understanding what residents and businesses need and responding appropriately to provide the best possible Service.
If you would like to be part of our team and want to contribute to our ongoing success, have the flexibility and drive to enable us to innovate and are willing to work as part of a team we would like to hear from you for our current vacancy.
We are looking for a passionate and resilient social worker to join us in ChECS, the Cheshire East Consultation Service which forms part of our Integrated Front Door, the gateway to Children’s Services. ChECS deals with initial contacts and referrals across the levels of need from partner agencies, members of the public or families themselves requesting support and advice. The service is staffed by qualified and experienced Social Workers and Practitioner Support Officers who give advice about cases and refer them on to Early Help or Children’s Services as appropriate. Each contact is overseen by a Team Manager whether this is a referral for Early Help, support and advice or a safeguarding issue. There are opportunities to become involved in additional roles that promote partnership working within the Integrated Front Door and across other service areas and roles that include building / sustaining positive links with partner agencies.
The IFD was part of a peer review in July 2019 and we take pride in the positive feedback provided: “Practitioners were passionate about getting it right for children and young people. They were friendly, open and honest. Morale was high, and people said they enjoyed working for Cheshire East
You will need to be a qualified and HCPC registered social worker with experience in safeguarding vulnerable children under Child in Need / Child Protection and a sound understanding of the thresholds of needs and intervention. Our social workers have access to a comprehensive programme of professional development and training and high quality reflective supervision; we have worked hard to ensure that our staff can maintain a good work-life balance and we are confident that with the use of flexible working and smart IT devices, you will have the time to make a genuine difference in the lives of children and their families. Cheshire East Children’s Services has introduced Signs of Safety as our operational model and a rolling programme of training will be available to all new staff
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The rehabilitation of offenders act
The provisions of the rehabilitation of offenders act relating to the non-disclosure of spent convictions do not apply to this job, you must, therefore, disclose whether you have any previous convictions where prompted to do so when applying for this job.
If successful, you will also be required to apply for a criminal record check from the disclosure and barring service. The level of check required for this job is enhanced disclosure.