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Senior Social Worker - Children in Care - Court Team

About the role

Our focus is to raise the profile of Children’s Services at Northamptonshire and improve the quality of our services in court so that we can provide the very best outcomes for our children, families and carers.

Our social workers are supported by experienced Team Managers, Family Support Workers and Business Support Administrators. Our new Consultant Practitioner roles are dedicated to supporting and coaching social workers with complex cases and providing valuable coaching and training.

Children in Care have 11 teams in total based across the county. We currently have vacancies for senior social workers specialising in court work in Kettering and Northampton.

What will you be doing?

Our children in care service provides oversight for all children in care. This includes children subject to legal proceedings where their permanency plan is being determined as well as children with a plan to remain long term in care.  We focus on building meaningful relationships with young people, their families and their carers to ensure that we plan effectively for the future of every child.

We are truly passionate about what we do here, and we are looking for equally dedicated and passionate people who want to make a real contribution towards the services we deliver and improving those services for the future.

About you

The roles are for qualified social workers who want to focus on court work with current Social Work England Registration (formerly known as HCPC).
We have roles based in Kettering which focus on delivering court services from interim care order to final order so you must be happy to work / commute to this neck of the woods each day.
You will need to be experienced at court work and will be confident and capable enough to attend court on your own if necessary.

  • Social Work England Registration (formerly known as HCPC)
  • Previous experience of handling complex cases
  • Previous experience of mentoring less experienced social workers
  • Previous experience within Children in Care
  • Enhanced DBS Clearance – or happy for us to undertake this for you prior to joining us
  • The Right to Work in the UK

Our benefits

We are committed to continuous improvement, building a skilled, knowledgeable, and flexible workforce alongside promoting innovation and creativity whilst keeping children, young people and families at the heart of all we do.

We really value our workforce and offer you a great benefits package including:

  • 2 Day Induction Programme
  • 2 days Signs of Safety training (social care colleagues)
  • Extensive Learning & Development and career development opportunities
  • Flexible and family working arrangements including enhanced maternity benefits
  • A permanent, supportive and inclusive management team where you will be empowered to make good professional decisions
  • Local government Pension Scheme
  • Heavily subsidised town centre car parking scheme
  • Employee Discount Scheme
  • 28 days’ annual leave, plus 8 Bank Holidays (pro rata for part time) and an additional 5 days, after 5 years’ service
  • Opportunity to purchase up to 25 days
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Monthly quality supervision
  • SWE Registration paid yearly (social care colleagues)

About us

Northamptonshire Children’s Trust was established in November 2020 to deliver Children’s Services to the newly established North and West Northants County Councils. The Trust is wholly owned and funded but operationally independent from the Councils; this provides the organisation with unique opportunities to explore new ways of working and to be more agile and adaptable in its approach to service delivery. We are developing a culture that allows the very highest quality of professional practice to flourish and evolve, delivering at the cutting edge of new innovation. 


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