Social Worker - Children with Disabilities Team

Location Bedford
Job type Permanent
Salary £37,890 per year
Contact Lucy Pearson
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Reference 167407

Sanctuary Personnel, an innovative and committed recruitment agency has a job based in Bedford for a Social Worker to work within the Children with Disabilities Team.

The salary for this permanent Social Worker job is £37,890 per annum.


  • Listen to and hear the voice of the child
  • Effective outcomes framework
  • Early Help for our most vulnerable
  • Purposeful, planned and focussed practice with high support and high challenge
  • Transform casework recording
  • Deliver SEND improvements
  • Recruit and retain an awesome workforce
  • Carry a workload reflecting increasing complexity, risk, uncertainty and challenge, in line with the capability of a Social Worker with a minimum of one year’s post qualification experience in a social work role
  • Work within relevant current legislation and the procedural framework of Bedford Borough Council (the Council)
  • Work collaboratively with children, young people and families/carers to assess their needs and plan and deliver services in accordance with the social work team’s service area
  • Work in partnership with children, young people and families/carers and, through building  relationships, to elicit their needs and views and promote participation in decision making
  • Undertake assessments in accordance with statutory/regulatory and operational standards, policy, and procedures for the service and in the context of assessing risk to children and young people
  • Plan, implement and review a range of interventions for children, young people and families/carers in accordance with statutory/regulatory and operational standards, policy and procedures for the service
  • Manage a workload independently, seeking support and suggesting solutions for workload difficulties
  • Make pro-active use of supervision to support effective practice, reflection and career development and to meet the objectives of Performance Development Reviews
  • Maintain accurate, up to date records safely and confidentially in accordance with the Council’s policies and procedures
  • Produce succinct, well-structured records and reports, clearly recording and reporting analysis and judgements

Requirements of the Social Worker:

  • Degree or equivalent in social work
  • Current Social Work England registration
  • Significant senior level frontline experience within Children’s Services
  • Excellence in quality assurance
  • Evidence of successful completion of Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) or Evidence of successful completion of the Children’s Workforce Development Council’s Newly Qualified Social Worker programme or Equivalent proven practice and successful probationary period
  • Have a valid driving licence and use of a vehicle for work purposes, or have the ability to otherwise travel efficiently between locations
  • Knowledge and understanding of the values and principles underpinning the involvement of children, young people and families/carers, including the right to access independent advocacy and complaints processes
  • Knowledge and application of the legal and policy frameworks and guidance that inform and mandate social work practice in Children’s Social Care
  • Knowledge and understanding of the practice area relevant to the post, including critical awareness of current issues and evidence based practice research
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Professional Capabilities Framework as it applies to the Social Worker level
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, to a range of audiences including children, young people, parents and carers and professional colleagues
  • Ability to manage workload independently, maintaining professionalism in more challenging circumstances and seeking support and suggesting solutions for workload difficulties
  • Ability to gather information so as to inform judgement for interventions in more complex situations and in response to challenge, clearly reporting and recording analysis
  • Ability to use a range of interventions effectively and evaluate them in practice
  • Ability to use electronic business support processes for maintaining case recording and diary management
  • Demonstrate understanding of and acceptance and commitment to the principles of human rights and equality and how they underpin practice, and have knowledge and understanding of effective customer care
  • Willing to undertake a criminal records check for unspent convictions
  • Ability to travel around the Borough and beyond


  • Competitive salary with incremental rises each year* until the top of the salary grade is reached
  • Nationally agreed cost of living awards. Salaries are paid on the 27th day of each month
  • Unless otherwise stated the standard working week is 37 hours
  • Appointments are subject to a six month probationary period
  • Minimum of 26 days' annual leave, rising to 31 days after five years' local government service. This is exclusive of bank holidays
  • Occupational sick pay scheme - up to six months’ full pay and six months’ half pay after five years' local government service
  • Contributory final average salary pension scheme (variable contribution rates)
  • Flexi-time Scheme – dependent on post.
  • Flexible working hours and patterns to help maintain work-life balance
  • Relocation Scheme (subject to meeting eligibility criteria)
  • Confidential counselling and welfare service.
  • Range of family friendly policies including generous maternity/paternity entitlements.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Rail season ticket loan scheme.
  • Loans for car purchases (designated car user posts only)
  • Discounted parking whilst at work


This Social Worker job is advertised by Lucy Pearson; 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.