Social Work in Thurrock

Children's Social Work

Our services are dedicated to ensuring wherever possible that children and young people in Thurrock are given every opportunity to get the best start in life and go on to live happy and fulfilling lives.

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About children's social work

Our services are dedicated to ensuring wherever possible that children and young people in Thurrock are given every opportunity to get the best start in life and go on to live happy and fulfilling lives. We firmly believe that this is best achieved by being open and flexible to innovation in service delivery as long as this genuinely benefits the service user.

We are a forward-thinking service and place a great deal of trust in the expertise and judgement of our social workers. All of our staff benefit from the strong partnerships that we have formed with external and internal parties, providing easy access to services that directly meet the needs of the individual in question.

We take a great deal of pride in the role we play in the communities we serve and the personal service that we provide. Each child and young person is treated as an individual with a name rather than a number. This is an extremely important factor for us and one that we believe sets us apart from similar authorities.

We feel that there are huge advantages in being a smaller authority, it provides everyone with the opportunity to truly see the impact of their work, have a voice and the opportunity to shape their service. This also adds to the significant feeling of community, both within the service and throughout the council as a whole. Most would describe their teams as a family as they rally together to support each other and collaborate to develop ideas.

Having achieved so much for a smaller authority, we remain ambitious and have our sights set on even bigger things to come. Join us, grow with and help us achieve the next stage of this exciting journey.

Rightful Rewards

As a service, we strongly believe in rightfully rewarding our staff for their achievements and continued excellence and are able to offer competitive salaries to ensure this. We offer:

  • a market factor competency salary supplement of £7,000 to £10,000 per year, subject to more than 6 months service and performance
  • a market factor retention payment of £2,000 to £3,000 per year to children's social workers and team managers depending on team allocation, paid on an annual basis and subject to more than 12 months service

An Innovative Service

We are leading on a number of innovations within children's social care including:

  • being an early adopter for the NSPCC Graded Care Profile 2, as part of Thurrock's Neglect Strategy
  • having the Barnardo's National Female Genital Mutilation, Centre for Excellence as a new partner within the Thurrock MASH
  • developing a Children's Social Care Prediction model with a leading IT specialist, in partnership with 3 other local authorities

Our staff say

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About Us, About You

Everything you need to know about our team

About You

Nobody ever said that this job was easy and anyone who has worked within children's social care will be aware of the challenges.

At Thurrock, we are looking for people who relish the prospect of a challenge, are driven by genuine desire to safeguard and help vulnerable children and take real pride in their work.

Common characteristics amongst all of our employees include enthusiasm, resilience and an insatiable desire to learn, develop and improve.

Team work is integral to our achievements here at Thurrock and we place great value on the culture of support and collaboration we have worked hard to create. It is therefore essential that, above all else, any new team members are able to positively contribute towards their team and the work of their colleagues.

If you have the ambition, drive and attitude to truly contribute to our thriving service then we want to hear from you.

Support

Throughout Thurrock Council we firmly believe that all of our employees should enjoy a consistently stable working environment in which they feel fully supported, both in the decisions they make and the work they do. This is especially true within a service such as Children's Social Care which can potentially attract attention and scrutiny from both the public and the media.

We have put a comprehensive support structure in place to ensure that no individual ever feels alone in their work. This includes an open and involved management team who are always available when needed and encouraged to hold regular team meetings as well as individual supervisions.

This support structure extends to your colleagues as collaboration is strongly encouraged. This allows you to utilise the wide range of experience and expertise on hand throughout the service.

Staff are provided with dedicated mentoring to ensure that you continue to learn and develop new skills. This will not only allow you to carry out your best work in your current position but also provide a platform for future progression.

Thrive in the present and future as part of a supportive team here at Thurrock Council.

Benefits

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Annual Leave and Pension

We offer a generous annual leave allowance of 25 days which rises to 30 days after 5 years' service for full-time employees. Shared parental, maternity, paternity and adoption leave above the statutory minimum. Local Government Pension Scheme for all employees

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Annual Leave and Pension

Competitive Salary Packages

Highly competitive salary packages are available through a pay and reward scheme for social workers. We offer a market factor competency salary supplement of £7,000 - £10,000 p.a. and a market factor retention payment of £2,000 - £3,000 p.a. to children's social workers and team managers (depending on team allocation, subject to length of service and performance).

All staff also benefit from interest-free loans for green travel such as bikes or public transport season tickets and salary sacrifice schemes such as childcare vouchers. We also offer relocation packages to help make your move to Thurrock as easy as possible.

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Competitive Salary Packages

Support and Development

All of our social workers receive extensive support to help them with their workload and make sure they are meeting their targets. Social workers can expect to receive reflective supervision and management support throughout their employment.

All non-teaching staff also benefit from our ‘Employee Assistance Programme’, which provides them and their immediate family members with practical help and solutions. As a valued employee of Thurrock Council, you will be supported in exploring a difficult problem and, more importantly, supported in dealing with it.

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Support and Development

Flexible Working

Where possible we offer flexible working that allows you to take time off in line with our policy and the needs of the service you work in. To help balance work and personal life, we can also offer job sharing, part-time working, home working, and buying additional annual leave.

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Flexible Working

Health

Our Employee Assistance Programme includes a 24-hour confidential care service that provides effective support and advice to staff members both during and outside of work. We provide a wide range of wellbeing activities throughout the year.

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Health

Exclusive Discounts

Get discounted rates for a range of national restaurants, retailers, attractions and experience days. We also provide discounts for local suppliers including cycle shops, beauty and fashion stores, restaurants, estate agents and driving schools.

As a Thurrock Council employee you can receive exclusive discounts at a variety of high street brands at Intu Lakeside Shopping Centre.

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Exclusive Discounts

Our Training Roadmap

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training road map ASYE CPD Practice Education Aspiring Manager

Training and Development

Here at Thurrock Council, your future is in safe hands.

We want you to grow with us, to develop new skills and gain valuable experience. This will not only help you in your current position but provide you with a platform to progress in your career. This begins with our excellent ASYE programme – ensuring your social work career gets the best possible start – and goes all the way to our Aspiring Managers programme, which helps experienced individuals take their next steps in management.

Our learning and development team provides a core offer of training across both children's and adults' services. The team works with adults and children’s social care teams to make sure that all their training and development needs are met through our comprehensive programmes. These are reviewed annually to provide the most up-to-date opportunities.

We offer a wide range of training courses, including child protection training, working with resistant and evasive families, safeguarding adults, safeguarding children with disabilities, and confident child protection practice, amongst many others. We are also supportive of those looking to move between different disciplines within our services and will give you the necessary training to make sure your transition is as smooth as possible. We are recognised not only for leading the way in learning and development in our region but also as having a national voice in social work development.

At Thurrock Council, you can do your best work safe in the knowledge that your career is being looked after.

Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE)

Having seen the success of the NQSW programme in practice Thurrock welcomed the Social Work Reform Board (SWRB) recommendation to introduced the ASYE. We became part of the pilot in September 2012 and have continued to see the benefits of NQSW’s receiving consistent support in their first year through enhanced levels of supervision and a protected case load so that they have the opportunity to grow into confident, competent professionals.

The programme aims to provide a bridge from qualifying training to practice. It is based on building a firm foundation of skills and knowledge which is then used as the basis of continual professional development (CPD).

Thurrock has a dedicated ASYE manager who supports NQSW's from student placement, through the recruitment process then onto the ASYE.  In addition each NQSW will also have:

  • A protected case load
  • Enhanced levels of supervision
  • An identified ASYE assessor
  • Access to training opportunities
  • Time to shadow other social workers
  • Support to develop a personal development plan

Continual Professional Development (CPD)

Throughout your career there is a need to maintain your professional development and learning to ensure you keep up to date with progress and evidence in your field. All social workers must undertake CPD in order to stay registered with the HCPC. Their CPD standards say that social workers must:

  1. Maintain a continuous, up to date and accurate record of their CPD activities.
  2. Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice.
  3. Seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery.
  4. Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user.
  5. Upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they met the standards for CPD.

Thurrock are committed to your development, and as such we offer a comprehensive programme of one day courses, short courses and more formal accredited training programmes.

We work with many local universities including the University of Essex, Anglia Ruskin as well as the University of East Anglia (UEA). We work with you as professional Social Workers to explore your career pathway and help you in identifying needs and ways of meeting them.

Click here to see suggested career / CPD routes

Practice Education

In Thurrock when you are experienced we support you in your career to enable you to become a Practice Educator.

We work with the University of East Anglia to place you on a specific training programme that will not only support you in supervising student social workers, but also in assessing our Newly Qualified Social Workers.

The programme will support you in supervising, mentoring, and assessing. It provides a means of achieving the ‘advanced social worker’ level of the PCF (Professional Social Work Educator pathway). Candidates will be able to evidence the requirements of the Practice Educator Professional Standards (PEPS). If successful, you will be eligible to join our Local Authority’s register of approved practice educators.

Aspiring Manager Framework

Thurrock Council offers Aspiring Managers considerable support and development through the framework in order to help develop the individual’s practice and drive continued improvement across service areas.

For Thurrock, this framework is designed to support those who aspire to team management and wish to take their career in that particular direction.

  • 6 months’ duration (excluding pre start period)
  • Placement opportunity – where the Aspiring Manager is able to shadow and deputise for a team manager not their own, with feedback provided by that team manager of their suitability for a team manager post
  • An evaluation by the Aspiring Manager of someone's practice or learning
  • Feedback from at least 2 observations of managerial situations, agreed between the Aspiring Manager and their Mentor
  • The effective use of development time, in which evidence of progress against the PCF at Advanced Level is provided
  • A reflective log, summarising the participant’s learning
  • Successful completion of the research project
  • Opportunity to progress to a managers’ role

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