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 social workers with commitment and staying power to join us and have a small number of vacancies in our Cared For Children and Care Leavers’ Service in Middlewich. We want Cheshire East to be a great place to be young where all children are well supported to maximise their life chances; a place where they can thrive in our care, are safe from any harm or abuse, have access to outstanding education and feel prepared for adulthood. For our Cared For Children, this means that we want them to be able to experience a sense of permanence without undue drift and delay; for our Care-Leavers, we want them to feel a sense of belonging and support as they find their way as young adults.
In our last focused visit in November, Ofsted said "Social workers know the children in care very well and ensure that they meet with the children regularly. Purposeful and creative direct work is being undertaken to ensure that the child’s experiences, views and feelings are well understood. Social workers use this knowledge well to inform care plans. Effective peer and management support and the increasing use of the local authority’s chosen social work model and group supervision are resulting in planning for permanence that is enhanced by strong social work support."
You will need to be a qualified and HCPC registered social worker with experience in safeguarding vulnerable children under Child in Need / Child Protection, be familiar with Court proceedings and working with Cared For Children, or young people leaving care. Our social workers have access to a comprehensive programme of professional development and training and high quality reflective supervision; we have worked hard to reduce caseloads across all of our teams 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. We also have a well-established and comprehensive ASYE programme and we may have a small number of openings for the right candidates.
For an informal discussion please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01606 274387
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.