Virtually all jobs in working with children require appropriate training and qualifications. The Academy can provide you with advice and training whether you want to start working with them or develop in your current role.

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Schools and Early Years Vacancies

Our Children’s Social Care Team is growing fast to meet demand and ensure we keep child-focused at all times, the links below list where to find out more and apply.

Central Bedfordshire Council advertises vacancies for this area of work here.

Children's Social Work Vacancies

Newly Qualified Social Workers - Information and Apply

Social Worker ASYE

In Central Bedfordshire Children’s Services, our ambition is to create a great place for children and families to live and work in. We are looking for the best Social Workers of the future to join our progressive teams and offer you the chance to develop and progress your career. We are very excited to offer opportunities for Newly Qualified Social Workers to join us so you can find your greatness.

You will have a dedication to child centred social work and a commitment to the future of effective social work practice. At Central Bedfordshire we want to help children and young people grow up safely, achieve more and be healthy and happy. But we know that the only way to protect our most vulnerable children is to appreciate and support our talented social workers.

Newly qualified staff have protected caseloads and an individual training programme in their assessed and supported year of employment (ASYE) as well as additional reflective supervision and the support of a mentor & independent assessor throughout your first year.

We will give you plenty of opportunity to stretch your skills and we’ll provide plenty of support to help you develop your knowledge. At the same time, you will ensure we maintain the highest safeguarding standards and quality.

We’re looking for people with a Social Work degree at 2:1 or above/expected or a Masters, who will practice to our CBC values: respect & empowerment, stewardship & efficiency, results focused and collaboration. We need people who are committed, enthusiastic & passionate with innovative ideas and base knowledge to improve outcomes for children and families of CBC.

At Central Bedfordshire Council we are passionate about nurturing and developing Newly Qualified Social Workers and what’s more, you’ll find your greatness too.

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Access & Assessment - Information and Apply

"Senior management have recruited more staff and restructured the Teams so we can work more effectively. Recent changes have resulted in lower caseloads. More stability in the teams."

- Simon, Intake & Assessment

Access & Referral Hub Social Worker (Dunstable)

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Enhanced Salaries:

Experienced Social Workers - package £31,125 to £39,661 depending upon experience, includes MRS

If a child is referred as being in need or to be at risk of significant harm, it's our Intake & Assessment team that gets involved. Our service delivers short-term interventions meeting statutory requirements for assessment, ensuring needs and risks are identified, and, subject to assessments, formulating plans to resolve them.

Assessment Senior Practitioner (Dunstable)

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Enhanced Salaries:

£41,020 to £43891 per annum (includes MRS of 5,150 per annum plus enhanced MRS of £4,350 per annum)

As Senior Practitioners we undertake social work duties involving complex cases and in addition we:

Model good practice to all other front line workers in the services. We lead practice development through a Senior Practitioner working group, facilitate group supervision and each have an area of expertise and develop practice in this area such as domestic abuse.

Family Support - Information and Apply

"The Service is very committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for children."

Sandeep, Family Support

Family Support Team (Dunstable and Biggleswade)

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Enhanced Salaries:

Experienced Social Workers - package £31,125 to £39,661 depending upon experience, includes MRS

Senior Practitioners - package £41,020 to £43,891 includes MRS

Our Family Support Team help families with the actions set out in child assessment plans. They make sure that resources are accessible and ensure children and young people are safe. Duties are determined by legislation and the success of the intervention depends on co-operation and support from parents, carers and partnership agencies. Target caseloads are 22.

The Intake & Assessment Team and Family Support Team are co-dependent. If we are to avoid delays in case management, smooth transitions between the two are crucial. Our Teams successfully manage this process, ensuring we are all clear and focussed about the intervention: who is managing it and what the expected outcomes are.

"CBC invest in their permanent staff members and appear to value the comments and opinions of frontline workers."

Andrea, Family Support

Courtwork / Looked After Children - Information and Apply

"My manager is very thorough, professional and very supportive."

Karen, Looked After Children

To maximise support for Looked After Children (LAC) and their carers, the LAC and Fostering & Adoption teams are being brought together in 2014. We'll be based in the same modern building in a business park.

We work closely with our Children in Care Council to make sure we understand what it is like to be cared for by Central Bedfordshire. We also have our own pledge setting out what we will do to ensure that these children and young people have the very best opportunities that can be provided.

We are currently fully staffed in the Looked after Children teams, for Fostering & Adoption vacancies please see the next section.

"It's a large and busy team but everyone is friendly and supportive, the atmosphere in the office is vibrant and there is usually laughter to be heard."

-Linda, Looked After Children

"The partnership with the Child & Adolescent Mental Health service is very good."

-Beverley, Looked After Children

Leaving Care Team Manager

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Enhanced Salaries:

£53,319 to £56,891 per annum (includes £12,600 MRS)

The Leaving Care Team is a standalone service, i.e. Front Door and Leaving Care, for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children.

Supervising a team of up to 8 social workers and personal advisors, you’ll work in a forward thinking environment with great opportunities for learning and development. As a flexible leader, you’ll develop, support and motivate your team, setting high performance standards and building their skills to consistently achieve them. You’ll also work closely with other team managers and our partners managing the provision of excellent services to children and young people.

Adoption & Fostering - Information and Apply

In Adoption & Fostering, our Social Workers get a manageable caseload and access to excellent personalised training, so they have every opportunity to make a difference.

To maximise support for Looked After Children (LAC) and their carers, the LAC and Fostering & Adoption teams are being brought together in 2014. We'll be based in the same modern building in a business park.

Fostering Social Worker (Bedford)

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Social Worker Level 1: £31,125 to £33,552, include MRS of £5,100

Social Worker Level 2: £34,407 to £35,811, includes MRS of £5,150

Being a Fostering Supervising Social Worker is an important and rewarding role. You’ll be part of a dedicated team with an excellent record of recruiting and supporting foster carers. You’ll make sure that each Foster Carer understands their role and responsibilities, meeting them monthly and making sure they feel valued. By monitoring each carer closely, you’ll make sure they’re coping and meeting children’s needs – particularly those who exhibit challenging behaviour.

Step Up to Social Work - Information and Apply

The Department for Education (DfE) is supporting local authorities to train and support those who wish to be a social worker on a 14 month taught and practice based programme. Step Up to Social Work is an intensive full-time training programme that covers everything trainee social workers need to know in 14 months.

Do you meet the following requirements for the programme?

Applicants must have 1 of the following in any discipline except social work from a UK higher education institution (or an approved overseas equivalent):

•a minimum 2:1 level 6 degree qualification

•a minimum 2:2 honours degree plus a higher degree (level 7 or above, which can include a master’s degree or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education)

Applicants must also have all of the following:

•GCSEs in English or English language and mathematics at grade C or above (or approved equivalent)

•experience of voluntary or paid work with children, young people and families

•the right to remain and work in the UK

Non-British, European Union (EU) nationals without the appropriate study visa at the point of applying to the Step Up programme must have been an EU national for 3 years or longer.

In addition to the necessary qualifications and permission to work in the UK, Step Up students must have the emotional resilience to become an effective social worker.

Applicants should:

•understand and be able to apply social work theory and research

•be aware of the risk indicators of different forms of harm to children

•demonstrate intuition and logic in decision-making

•show the ability to record accurate child and family assessments

If so, and you wish to know more please follow the apply link above to be redirected to the website where you can register your interest.

Central Bedfordshire Council await the confirmed plan from the DfE but expect that application process will take place in Spring 2017. Those applicants who show they are able to meet the initial assessment for entry into social work will be shortlisted to attend an interview at an assessment centre locally.

The assessment centre will offer applicants a range of activities to demonstrate their knowledge and experience whilst showcasing their skills. Those who meet the national criteria will be put forward for a place on the programme. The induction into local authorities and the university providing the Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work at Masters level will commence in 2018. A bursary towards fees and living costs will be given to each successful applicant.

Central Bedfordshire Council will be one of the local authorities who will be working in partnership with the contracted university to support the trainee to practise social work under supervision. Trainees will work with a team of social workers that assess vulnerable children, young people and families who are at risk of harm or in need of support.

Trainees will be required to attend a taught programme delivered locally by the contracted university five days per week for a period of three months. Following this they will be assessed against the ‘Readiness for Practice’ social work capabilities. If successful, trainees will have the opportunity to practise their skills while working with vulnerable adults in teams/agencies that provide services and assessment of need and risk. They will be educated and assessed by a social worker to help them apply theory to practice for 70 days and to meet the social work professional capabilities expected at the end of the first placement.

Further training with the university will take place before trainees complete a 100 day placement to practise skills within a team working with children, young people and their families. This is provided locally. The Step Up curriculum supports trainees to meet the professional capabilities of social workers and meet the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) standards of proficiencies.

Trainees who successfully complete the Step Up Programme are encouraged to apply for social worker positions within Central Bedfordshire Council. All newly qualified social workers will be supported for their first year to consolidate their practice and skills by being offered opportunities to work with children, young people and their families and carers.

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