Social Workers (Newly Qualified) – NCT

Job Category: Social Care
Service Northamptonshire Children's Trust
Contract Type Permanent
Location Northamptonshire
Job Type Full-time
Start Date January 2022
Hours per week 37
Salary Annual salary: £31,826

About the job:

We are looking for Newly Qualified Social Workers to join a brilliant team at Northamptonshire Children’s Trust on a permanent basis in January 2022. You will receive 26 days annual leave and be working 37 hours a week.

Northamptonshire Children’s Trust is proud to have established its very own Northamptonshire Social Work Academy and they are offering a highly competitive pay and benefits package with generous annual leave and bespoke learning and training opportunities. Locations vary across Northampton, Kettering, Corby, Daventry or Wellingborough.

What to expect from Northamptonshire Social Work Academy:

Let’s face it, being a Social Worker is not an easy environment to work in, therefore the Social Work Academy will provide guidance and support as you embark on a challenging and hugely rewarding career helping to support children and families. You will be equipped and highly trained to become the best possible social worker with a phased approach to the volume and complexity of your workload. You’ll have the support of a strong leadership and management team who will work with you to identify training and development opportunities.

What else should you expect?

– Smaller caseloads – to help you settle into your role

– Hands-on learning with high levels of support and mentoring

– Extensive training opportunities

– Strong mentors overseeing your development

What are we looking for?

Northamptonshire Social Work Academy want to create a workforce to be proud of, so to make this happen, we need brilliant NQSWs who inspire and deliver change all around them. That’s why we’re looking for talented, ambitious and passionate people like you to come and join them. You will need to be a Social Work graduate with the following attributes:

– A passion to improve the lives of children

– Ambition and motivation

– Commitment to continuously developing your social work practice

– Ideally have pre-qualified children’s social care work experience

– Be degree qualified in Social Work

– Be up to date with current legislation/policy/procedures around child protection

– Able to work under pressure, excellent organisational ability

– Have knowledge/understanding of using appropriate assessment tools and research.

Why Northamptonshire?

Northamptonshire Children’s Trust are in an exciting period of significant transformation; and they have become a standalone Trust which will deliver services for two new unitary authorities across the county. They are currently recruiting energetic and passionate social workers to lead and develop high quality services.

For more information on Northamptonshire’s teams and what it is like to work for them, please visit their website here:


*If you are interested in applying for these roles, please send your latest CV to [email protected]

  • Work independently to hold and effectively manage a caseload, acknowledging and ensuring appropriate levels of responsibility commensurate with the individual’s knowledge and skills.
  • Attend and complete ASYE programme in the first 12 months after qualifying, undertaking all necessary and related portfolio and academic work. This includes a post qualifying module.
  • Work directly with children, young people and families, involving all key family members and prioritising children and young people’s safety. Work using Signs of Safety methodology, which works collaboratively with families to empower them to find solutions whilst ensuring working within the policies, procedures of Children’s Services and regulatory standards.
  • Carry out in depth and ongoing family assessment of social need and risk to children, with particular focus on parental capacity and capacity to change.
  • Recognise harm and risk indictors of different forms of harm to children relating to sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect. Consider the possibility of Child Sexual
    Exploitation, grooming (on and offline), female genital mutilation, enforced marriage and the range of adult behaviours which pose a risk to children, recognising too the potential for children to be perpetrators of abuse.
  • Use reflective supervision, research and other guidance to recognising one’s own professional limitations and how and when to seek advice from a range of sources, including Advanced Practitioners, senior practice leaders and other clinical practitioners from a range of disciplines. The post holder will work in conjunction with senior staff and managers through available support systems (supervision, appraisal, mentoring, co-working and work shadowing).
  • Navigate the family and youth justice systems in England using legal powers and duties to support families, to protect children and to look after children in the public care system, including the regulated frameworks that support the full range of permanence options. Participate in decisions about whether to make an application to the family court, the order to be applied for and the preparation and presentation of evidence.
  • Seek advice and professional second opinion as required in relation to the legal issues, 2 interventions and plans which frequently impact children, young people and families involved with statutory services.
  • Use the law and regulatory and statutory guidance to inform practice decisions. Take into account the complex relationship between professional ethics, the application of the law and the impact of social policy on both.
  • Make realistic child centred plans within a review timeline which will manage and reduce identified risks and meets the needs of the child. Any plans devised for the child need to be evidence informed, demonstrate clear analysis and professional judgement and evaluative decision making skills. This also includes working with multi-agency partners.
  • Continuously develop knowledge of child development and how this impacts on all aspects of a child’s life. This includes physical, cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural development and the impact of different parenting styles. Have a good and continually developing understanding of adult behaviours; for example, adult mental health, domestic abuse, mental health, physical health, disability and substance misuse and the impact on, and interrelationship between, parenting and child development.
  • Good understanding of working in a complex organisation such as a Local Authority, Trust or other delivery model for Children’s Services. Act in ways that protect the reputation of Northamptonshire County Council and the wider Social Work profession whilst always privileging the best interests of children. Contribute to the organisation’s role as corporate parent to children in public care.
  • Arrange or provide transport/escort for Service Users e.g. to health appointments, education; provide practical support including access to living aids, to families and to young people, including those formally looked after by the Authority seeking to live independently in the community.
  • Maintain and update case notes and other records pertaining to the child/children you have responsibility for. Write reports as required and if needed give evidence in court on factual matters.
  • Contribute to planning/reviewing the cases of children in care; supervise fostering/adoption arrangements.

Safeguarding commitment:
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults. We require you to understand and demonstrate this commitment.

Qualifications required:

  • DipSW, CQSW, Degree in social work or equivalent:  Social Work Qualification is essential
  • Social Work England: Registered as a Social Worker is essential

Knowledge required:

  • Knowledge and understanding of child development, parenting capacity, environmental factors and risk and protective factors
  • Knowledge of relevant statutory guidance and legislation governing children’s social work and social care
  • To have prior knowledge or ability/willingness to train and apply strengths-based practice framework such as Signs of Safety methodology
  • To meet the KSS or be able to meet them with appropriate training andsupport.

Skills required:

  • Ability to work as a team with children and families including working cooperatively with other professionals and agencies to meet the needs of the child.
  • Skills and Knowledge in listening to children and adults, in observation and in carrying out assessments of strengths and weakness within families.
  • Able to communicate sensitively with children and families, with other colleagues, and effectively in writing.
  • Conscientious and emotionally resilient.
  • In accordance with the immigration Act 2016 to demonstrate and ability to converse in spoken English with customers to provide advice.

Full driving license is required to be able to drive to customers and meetings across a large geographical area.


  • Experience of working with Children and Families in addition to placement experience.

Equal opportunities:

  • Ability to demonstrate awareness/understanding of equal opportunities and other people’s behaviour, physical, social and welfare needs.


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the safe working practices that apply to this role.
  • Ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and well-being of children and young people/vulnerable adults.

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