Southend-on-Sea City Council

R2R101170 - Children Looked After Social Worker - Permanent

Location UK-Southend-On-Sea
ID 2023-1021
Contract Type
Min Pay Rate
GBP £36,648.00/Yr.
Max Pay Rate
GBP £42,403.00/Yr.
Work Pattern
Full Time
Social and Healthcare Qualified
Work Model
Hybrid Working
Post End Date

Your New Organisation

Our vision is A Southend Where All Children Achieve Success. By joining Southend City Council as a Social Worker you will be key in making our vision a reality for all children. You will be joining a service where we demonstrate with pride that: 


  • All paths lead back to the child
  • We spend time getting to know each child and their story
  • We do what we say we're going to do
  • We work with the whole family
  • No matter what, we aim to make things better

You will provide support to work to the highest standard using our model of practice, Restorative Practice, to deliver the vision. You will access a professional social work development offer, that has been designed with social workers, whatever stage you are at in your career. You will be given regular restorative supervision and separate supervision focussing on development and evidencing your SWE registration. We want everyone to take a lead in an area of interest for your team and you will explore this with your line manager. 

We have posts in a number of teams so please contact our recruitment partner, Hays, to discuss the teams we are currently recruiting too.

Your new role

Southend City Council are looking to appoint a full-time permanent Qualified Social Worker for their Children Looked After Team (CLA).

Within this position, hybrid working opportunities are available. However, a flexible approach is required as you will be required to be on site and travel around the city, as and when needed.


*This position attracts the added incentive of a one-off payment of £7,500, after you have been employed in this post for 3 years and 1 day.


The CLA team work with children once care proceedings have concluded.  There is some court work around revocation of care orders, contact disputes and making adoption orders., therefore some experience of court work would be preferable.

You will be required to provide an efficient and cost-effective service to children, young people and their families, ensuring that the needs of the children and their parents/carers are professionally assessed. Investigate, evaluate and analyse information on cases, demonstrating clarity of assessment, reliability of information, evidence conclusions and realistic action plans.

Ensure adequate recording that evidences practice and develops practice that takes a holistic view of the individual, locating them in both their immediate and extended social circles, and having full regard to their overall development needs. Ensure that all case management complies with the statutory requirements and the Council’s policies and procedures. You will need to prepare and submit written reports as and when required, including statements and care plans for care proceedings in the Family Proceedings, County and High Courts.

Nowhere else will you gain as much experience on the job, making us a sought-after place to work. If you are passionate, dedicated to making a change and ready for a challenge – you could be the candidate we are looking for.

What you'll need to succeed


To be successful in this position, you must be 2 years post-qualified and have a recognised Social Work qualification & be registered with SW England.

Evidence of continuing professional development including post-qualification award knowledge of child protection, looked after children and associated children in need social work practice issues. Knowledge of methods of social work intervention and relevant legislation, regulations, guidance & policy issues.

Understanding of the framework for the assessment of children in need and their families, contemporary knowledge of social work & their social work applications, i.e. attachment theory, enabling change, behaviour management. Knowledge of methods of social work intervention, knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, guidance & policy issues.

What you'll get in return

 Southend-on-Sea City Council provide membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for employees aged under 75. The LGPS is a generous scheme and provides you with a future income, independent of share prices and stock market fluctuations.

Leave Entitlements:

We offer our employees a generous leave entitlement from 25 days up to 32 days based on length of service (Continuous service). Southend-on-Sea City Council also offer a range of flexible working and family-friendly leave.

*We also offer paid time off to allow employees to undertake volunteering activities*

Here at Southend-on-Sea City Council we also offer our employees free access to a benefit portal that provides access to wellbeing support and a range of salary sacrifice schemes to help spread the cost of items, including:

  • Bicycles, cars, electronics and gym membership.
  • The portal also provides access to a range of discounts on products and services including retail, food shopping, travel, dining out and leisure activities.

Nowhere else will you gain as much experience on the job, making us a sought-after place to work. If you are passionate, dedicated to making a change and ready for a challenge – you could be the candidate we are looking for.

What you need to do now

If you are interested in this role, please click 'apply online' to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV.


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If you are wanting further information that isn't in the JD, please contact Nathalie


Please note: Applications for this vacancy may close prior to the date advertised above so you are advised to apply as soon as you are able to.


All applicants for this role will require an enhanced DBS check.


The Council is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications, regardless of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief.




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