Summary Social Worker Assessment Day County Hall, Chelmsford, CM1 1QH 9.30am - 5pm, Friday 26th April 2019 Morning or Afternoon session available. Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a very successful track record of delivering transformational change. ECC anticipated change was needed in the public sector and has worked to deliver better quality at lower cost. We have an ambitious transformation agenda - one with the scope to reach every part of the council. We are changing the way we think, the way we work, and the ways in which we deliver our services. We are committed to becoming a place where individuals, partners and communities feel proud to play their role and genuinely want to belong. We're immensely proud of our flexible working options. In ECC we are "Serious about Social Work". Having recently won the Best Social Work Employer of the Year Award 2018 and been awarded 'Outstanding' by Ofsted this is an exciting time to join us. As if that wasn't enough, Essex has also been announced as a Partner in Practice by the Department of Education, and the Essex Social Care Academy (ESCA) is the only Local Authority team in the country to be accredited by BASW as a CPD provider. We have invested in our workforce and created a positive environment for our social workers to make a difference and achieve change for our most vulnerable children and families through direct relationship-based social work practice. We have supported our staff to have an understanding of systemic theoretical framework and models underpinning our interventions; to have access to the right tools, equipment and resources and the right supervision, training and learning opportunities they need to be strong practitioners. Why work in Mid Essex? Mid is in the centre of Essex, and the location means that social work in Mid has both rural and urban locations. Excellent and regular supervision (case/ development/ reflective/systemic) We have regular structured peer supervisions as well as informal supervisions Team managers are committed to ensuring that their staff have a good work life balance and their workers' well being is a priority. We have a mix of abilities in the team from ASYE to senior practitioners and we are able to share knowledge and development. The community in Mid is very diverse and the services users reflect this, the work we do is varied and diverse. The cases in Mid are reflective of the other 3 quadrants, we work hard to ensure that caseloads are manageable which allows time for direct work with families, using strength and relationship-based models of working. Mid have unique senior practitioner and Duty senior roles that supports development and progression of social workers through the service. Essex have a flexible working policy programme that, when possible fits with family life and work life balance. The Assessment Day The day will start with a talk from the Director of Local Delivery to give you more information on the fantastic work and opportunities in the Mid of Essex. After the talk you will then be invited to interview with the hiring manager for the team of your preference. You will be able to discuss various vacancies and what would suit you. Morning and afternoon slots are available. Social Worker and Senior Practitioner opportunities are available in Assessment & Intervention, Family Support & Protection, Children in Care, Fostering & Adoption and Children With Disabilities teams. To be considered for an interview you will need a Diploma or Degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent and be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a registered Social Worker. Experience working as a Social Worker within in Children and Families would be beneficial however newly qualified social workers will be considered. This is a great opportunity to meet hiring manager in the Mid of Essex and will provide you with a real understanding of what a move to Essex County Council can mean for you. If you are interested in attending please email your CV to [email protected] with the subject line, Mid Social Worker Assessment Day. Social Worker roles require you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential. As part of employment with Essex County Council (ECC) should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits. Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success. If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please go to the Working for Essex website. Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation. Working for Essex is a trading name of Capita Resourcing Ltd. Services offered are those of an Employment Agency and Employment Business. Applicants will be required to register with us.