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Social Worker – Children In Need Service

S02/P03 £31,953 - £39,855 p.a.

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S02/P03 £31,953 - £39,855 p.a.
Full Time - 35 hours per week
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222 Upper Street
S02/P03 £31,953 - £39,855 p.a.
03/06/2018 23:59

Islington is looking to recruit enthusiastic and talented social workers to our Children in Need Service who are interested in professional development opportunities offered under the 'Doing What Counts and Measuring What Matters' Project.

What is the Doing What Counts and Measuring What Matters project?

Islington’s 'Doing What Counts and Measuring What Matters' Project is working towards building a gold standard service for children and families in Islington. Islington have listened to children, families and social workers to develop our vision for change:

  • Protected caseloads and reduced bureaucracy will allow more intensive work with families, more frequent visits and the opportunity to build transformative relationships and undertaken more direct work,
  • A specially designed core training package to deliver goal based interventions, use evidenced based tools, develop reflective and thoughtful risk assessment, and to measure progress,
  • Availability of an intensive multi-disciplinary service to enhance social work intervention where the concerns for the child are high risk,
  • Social workers will receive regular reflective supervision and practice development opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of the intervention

In order to deliver the vision for change, Islington is expanding the social worker service. As a Qualified Children in Need Social Worker you will bring experience of assessing risk and making plans to safeguard children. Additionally, you will be responsible for progressing plans for sustainable change with families, and stepping up to care proceedings or stepping down to targeted services where necessary.

You will be accustomed to employing social work principles such as dignity, respect, empathy, and strength based collaborative approaches to service delivery.

Motivational interviewing skills are the cornerstone of social work practice in the Children in Need Service. In order to help us select the best candidates, Islington have developed a two stage interview process with the first stage being an opportunity to test out applicants MI compatibility. Candidates are not required to have advanced MI skills, rather we are seeking to identify those who have the capacity to develop these skills with the advanced training and coaching. Further details will be provided to all candidates who are shortlisted and offered an interview.

The benefits of this post include:

Retention bonus, Zone 1-2 Travel Card, protected case load, specially designed core training package, professional development opportunities, regular reflective supervision, practice evaluation, good pension scheme and generous holidays, flexible working arrangements, an experienced management team, and a great working location on Upper Street in Islington.

** Islington does at times welcome new or soon to be qualified social workers, who are offered a place on our ASYE programme as part of their employment. However, we will not have capacity on our ASYE programme until Sept 2018, and so we are currently unable to accept these applications.**

Closing date: Sunday 3 June 2018 at 23:59
Motivational Interview: Monday 18 June 2018 (MI interview)

Those candidates who are successful following the Motivation Interview will be invited back for a technical Interview on Monday 25 June 2018

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Matthew Ellis on 0207 527 8083 or at

For further information on Islington Children’s Services and Social Care please follow link below:


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You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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