Compassionate and caring individuals are being sought out by Stoke-on-Trent City Council for important job roles.
Their children and family services are recruiting for social workers and care workers to help them provide their important service in the city.
The council are seeing ‘dedicated, passionate and empathetic’ people who want to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children.
A spokesperson for Shape Stoke’s Future, recruiting for the roles, said: “Following our inadequate Ofsted judgment in 2019 for Children’s Services, we are making improvements. We are working hard to listen to, engage with and learn from children, their families, our partners and our employees.
“We are fully committed to doing all we can to improve our response for vulnerable children and that’s where you come in. You’ll be a team member who can take forward these improvements as a hardworking, dedicated and passionate individual.
“There is a lot to be done but we’re committed, confident and capable and keen to use your views, ideas and expertise to help us to get better. This in itself presents hugely unique opportunities for personal and professional development if you choose to join us. If you think this job is the perfect fit for you, we’d love to hear from you.
“Of course, we do face challenges as a city – and we are very open about these. There are tough challenges and difficult decisions to make, but with that comes opportunity and the chance to make our mark, driving through real change and with it, a huge sense of accomplishment.”
Here are five jobs you could apply for:
Casual Residential Care Worker
Salary: £12.69 per hour
Compassionate and empathetic individuals could apply for this casual role, where they will be expected to manage ‘challenging behaviours’ and support young people in a range of activities, attend education and engage with the community.
The job description reads: “This post is casual, work in the casual pool is not guaranteed. We are under no obligation to provide work, likewise, you will be under no obligation to take up the offer of work. Hours offered will be as and when needed.
“We are seeking to recruit a pool of casual workers to provide cover for staff sickness and holidays within our Small Group Homes for young people who present social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
“You will need to be flexible to cover a rota and this will include unsociable hours, including evenings, weekends and bank holidays. If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, we welcome an application from you.”
Consultant Social Worker – Children’s Advice and Duty Service
Salary – £37,890 to £40,876 per annum
This is a new role which will require a degree in social work or similar, and is searching for someone ‘dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic’.
The description reads: “It’s an exciting time here in Stoke-on-Trent City Council as we continue our journey to improve our Children’s Services and outcomes to enhance the lives of our children and families.
“Here at S-o-T we want our Social Workers to have manageable caseloads and feel safe and supported to work with families so they can make a real impact. We are transitioning to a brand new ‘Front Door’ of our service – the Children’s Advice & Duty service (ChAD) which will include both an increase in staffing and our new method of responding to concerns through conversations.
“We’re looking for people who have a genuine interest in relationship-based practice and a strengths-based approach to building effective relationships with children, families, communities and partner agencies.”
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Team Manager – Children with Disabilities
Salary – £43,857 to £46,845
Closing date – January 17
The ideal team manager will be responsible for analysing and evaluating cases, as well as lead staff development.
The team supports children and young people up to the age of 18 and their families where the child has a severe physical, sensory, learning disability or a long term complex health condition which seriously affects their daily living.
The description said: “We are looking to recruit an experienced Team Manager for our Children with Disability (CWD) Team. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in a managerial position and key knowledge of CWD work.
“To be considered for a position you must have a degree in Social Work or equivalent and have the ability to register with Social Work England.
“We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and we expect all our employees and volunteers to share this commitment.”
Social Worker (Children)
Salary – £32,234 to £34,728
There are several candidates being recruited for this role within various teams of the service, including Children Assessment and Safeguarding Team, fostering team, children in care team, children with disabilities team and next steps team.
The description said: “There is a strong sense of togetherness here and Stoke has undoubtedly the friendliest people in the UK.
“We are investing in a high quality learning and development offer to ensure that you have access to high quality learning, development opportunities and support, whatever stage of your career you are at.
“If you’re looking for a challenging yet rewarding role, one where you’ll be supported every step of the way, Stoke-on-Trent City Council could be the place for you.”
To be considered for a position you must have a degree in Social Work or equivalent (or be near your completion date) and have the ability to register with Social Work England.
Senior Social Worker (Children)
Salary – £34,728 to £37,890
This role is also seeking a number of workers for the following teams:
– Children’s Assessment and Safeguarding Team
– Fostering Team
– Children in Care Team
– Children with Disabilities Team
– Next Steps Team
The description said: “Stoke-on-Trent is a city on the up – we’ve been confirmed as the best area in the country for economic growth, we’ve been named as one of the most cultural places to live by the Sunday Times and we’re one of the greenest cities in the country with acres of green open spaces and parks.
“Of course, we do face challenges as a city – and we are very open about these. We are on an improvement journey and we face tough challenges but with that comes the opportunity for you to make a real difference and with it, a huge sense of accomplishment.
“Children are our number one priority and we want every child to thrive and be the best they can be, reaching their full potential. We also want Stoke-on-Trent to be the best place to be a social worker, where you are able to focus on working with children and families to deliver positive outcomes.”
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