Consultant Social Worker - Corporate Parenting Team

Location Barking, Greater London, England
Job type Permanent
Salary £51,839 per year
Contact Stefan Garrett
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Reference 165233

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading and award winning recruitment agency is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Consultant Social Worker to work full-time based in Barking, within the Corporate Parenting Team.

The salary for this permanent Consultant Social Worker job is £51,839 per annum.


  • Act as a senior specialist member of a social work team providing outstanding or excellent social work services to children and their families, with the purpose of safeguarding and promoting their welfare
  • Discharge the Authorities responsibilities under the Children’s Act 1989 & 2004 and other relevant legislation in respect of; children in need of protection and those in the care of the Local Authority
  • Maintain professional standards of practice and to work in accordance with Social Work England standards and the Division’s values, strategic objectives, procedures and managerial guidance
  • Actively seek out opportunities to improve service delivery and best practice through the development of their own and the wider teams’ professional capability
  • Provide mentoring, coaching, observation as the practice lead/practice educator for both newly qualified social workers and students across the Service
  • Mentor and develop a team of Family Support Workers, working closely with them and other specialists within the service to contribute to the assessments being completed
  • Share specialist social work knowledge and research
  • Support the Head of Service with the provision of a comprehensive induction for all new staff
  • Working within the London Child Protection procedures to undertake key work responsibilities for children subject to a child protection plan where needed for the service
  • Complete Parenting Assessments and SGO Assessments as requested within timescales where needed for the service
  • Work collaboratively with other Council Divisions, Statutory Agencies including Health, Education and Police, and other independent and voluntary service providers
  • Undertaking responsibilities towards children in the care of the authority
  • Formulating and progressing care plans in line with national and local procedures
  • Ensuring that the health and education needs of all children in care are met in accordance with National Standards
  • Ensuring that all procedural requirements with respect to reviewing, consultation and recording are adhered to
  • Maintain performance standards in line with expectation and national guidance, and to alert Team Managers of any concerns in relation to staff performance
  • Support the development of evidenced and relationship-based practice across the Children’s Care and Support
  • Ensure compliance with appropriate legislation, Council Policies, the Council Constitution (including Contract Rules, Financial Regulations and Rules, Employment Procedure Rules, Employees’ Code of Conduct), Information Security Policies, Social Media Policy and other requirements of the Council
  • Ensure high standards of records management and assume responsibility for all information assigned to the post
  • Promote the development of a high quality individual need led service, to comply at all times with the Council’s policies and procedures, particularly those regarding Data Protection, Equalities and Diversity and Health and Safety
  • Ensure compliance with and actively promote the Council’s Equalities and Diversity policies and strategies and comply with the Equality Act 2010
  • Ensure compliance with and actively promote Health and Safety at work legislation, Council and Service H&S policies and procedures
  • Comply with the competencies and standard requisites agreed by the Council as relevant
  • to your post
  • Comply with the General Data Protection Regulation and Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) (all employees of the Council will not disclose or make use of, for their private advantage, any information held on manual or computer records, which are not available to the public, however acquired)
  • Take responsibility for continuing self-development and participate in training and development activities
  • Takes decisions on complex and contentious matters seeking advice where deemed necessary
  • Facilitating training, workshops and forums to support less experienced staff

Requirements of the Consultant Social Worker:

  • Degree or equivalent in social work
  • Current Social Work England registration
  • Significant senior level frontline experience within Children’s Services
  • Willing to undertake an ‘Enhanced’ Disclosure and Baring Service (DBS) check
  • Practice Educator Stage 1 and 2
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development
  • Substantial knowledge, experience and understanding of current legislation, govt policy, local and regional good practice, and current issues relevant to service provision in relation to children
  • Detailed knowledge, understanding and application of relevant issues outside of social work e.g. community priorities of the Council, partnership working
  • Successful track record of developing a good working relationship with external agencies
  • Ability to incorporate and recognise in all areas of responsibility the differences across diverse communities and challenge the impact of disadvantage and discrimination on people and their families and communities
  • Experience of representing a service in a support/advisory capacity at internal and external meetings
  • Knowledge and awareness of current issues relating to social care and anti-oppressive practice
  • Experience of preparing detailed reports for Child Protection Conferences, Family Proceedings etc; and presenting with minimal management intervention
  • Ability to develop relationships and demonstrate restorative and strengths based practice with service users, colleagues and managers to safeguard children
  • Experience of being called upon to deal with complex or contentious communications, demanding sensitivity and a considerable degree of discretion
  • Experience of working with a range of stakeholders both internal and external
  • Ability to lead on projects best practice using initiative and show a willingness to think outside the box and reframe complex issues in practice
  • Experience of supervising students, AYSE and family support workers
  • Demonstrate a high standard of practice and sharing this with colleagues
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm, resilience to support service and practice development
  • An ability to understand the organisation context of the consultant social worker and to be a role model to junior staff


This Consultant Social Worker job is advertised by Stefan Garrett; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.

As a pioneer of diverse recruitment, Sanctuary Personnel is proud to encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds as our pool of candidates is very much reflective of the clients that candidates will support within their role. This very much played a significant in previously winning ‘Best Candidate Care’ at the Recruiter Awards as well being a two-time finalist for the same award.

Sanctuary takes great pride in building candidate and client relationships that promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

With recruitment consultants and all other employees undertaking annual online training on EDI and many other compliance training courses, Sanctuary is best-placed to undertake a fair and thorough selection process.

Reasonable Adjustments:

If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.