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Exeter, Devon, England
Children’s Social Workers - Assessed & Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)
Salary: Starting salary £25,951 - With potential to increase to £27,668 at six months (if meeting standard required in the post), rising to £30,785 following satisfactory completion of the ASYE programme
Location: Various locations in Devon
Devon is a great place to live and work. We are an ambitious authority and are improving our children’s services to get to good.
We offer newly qualified social workers the opportunity to join our outstanding Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme offering dedicated, consistent and effective support in your first year of practice, enabling you to approach your career in social work with confidence. The 12 month programme offers a positive introduction to both children’s social work in Devon and the profession in general. It’s a really great time to join us.
In Devon we have been creating the context in which practitioners can work effectively with children and families across the county to protect children and young people and improve their life chances and outcomes. We’re taking a strengths based, whole system approach. Our MASH and early help offer is focusing on helping families to find solutions to difficulties when they first emerge and increasing their resilience through our local, community based services. Our social work service steps in to keep children safer when it’s needed. We are putting in place strengths and outcome based approaches to assessment and planning, together with confident risk assessment and skilled direct work with children and families. When it’s needed, we are committed to securing timely approaches to permanence outside of the family, and to supporting all of our young people to make a successful transition to adulthood.
We are listening hard to both staff and the children and young people we are working with as we improve our services. We have already come a long way. Caseloads which enable practitioners to do meaningful work with families, a sharp focus on the quality of practice and improved learning, supervision and support are key pillars of our improvements to date which has led to an increasingly permanent and stable workforce. Our social workers have access to better tools and technology – from mobile phones and laptops, to risk assessment training and care planning resources.
About the role
As an ASYE Social Worker you’ll be given your own varied and evolving caseload to manage which will be monitored, reviewed and supported by a supervisor or mentor. This is an opportunity to apply what you’ve learnt to real situations while developing your skills and knowledge. It’ll be down to you to assess and respond to the needs of children and their families, to plan and deliver focused intervention and ultimately, to safeguard and protect children and promote positive outcomes in all that you do. Providing a high quality and effective social work service, your varied role will include everything from arranging reviews and undertaking interviews to working with integrated professionals to manage, negotiate and resolve conflicts. Most of your time will be carrying out practical social work but this is also a perfect opportunity to train, learn and ask questions. You’ll keep a learning log, have regular reviews, shadow others and complete ongoing assessments to help you obtain skills that you can apply throughout your career.
Like us, you’ll be passionate about improving children’s life chances. As a fully qualified social worker, to degree level, with an up-to-the-minute understanding of policies and processes and some experience of working within a social care environment. Passionate, person-centered and eager to learn, you’ll be ready to make that all-important step from education into your chosen profession. Wholeheartedly committed to, and passionate about proactively improving children's life chances and outcomes, you’ll feel confident managing conflicts, solving problems and dealing with challenging situations. Proactive and assertive in your approach, you’re confident in making best judgements but you won’t be afraid to ask questions, building effective working relationships with your professional network. It almost goes without saying that your communication and organisation skills are second to none – you’ll feel comfortable interacting clearly and effectively with people of all ages and from all backgrounds.
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