East Riding of Yorkshire, Children’s Services have recently been rated GOOD by Ofsted in their recent ILACS inspection. Ofsted in their recent report stated ‘since the last inspection in 2019, when the overall effectiveness of services was judged inadequate with children in care and care leavers judged to be good, the leadership team has made significant and sustained changes in all the practice and leadership areas identified for improvement.
Through extensive engagement with external partners and scrutineers, the improvements in the service mean that children and young people in East Riding receive a timely and effective response and intervention when they need it. They have ambitious plans and have secured significant investment to develop their services further as part of their continuous improvement journey. Senior leaders lead by example, and this has supported practitioners to embed the relational model of practice with the families they work with.
We have several great and exciting opportunities available within our social work teams. We are looking for the best newly qualified social workers to join our Academy and gain the skills and experience to really make a difference for children and families.
As an academy member you will be employed full time within a team, receive a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of support, training and skill development which will help you become an outstanding social worker.
The Academy is the Council's blueprint for developing quality and standards in social work practice and championing social work in East Riding. Social work is a valued profession and for us, social workers are the experts in protecting children. We need people who share that vision.
At East Riding of Yorkshire Council we are committed to creating a healthy culture where Newly Qualified Social Workers feel supported. You will experience excellent developmental support, including a dedicated mentor and a refreshed ASYE programme. When in post you will hold a reduced caseload and be supported with one to one professional supervision, after successful completion of your ASYE you will progress to the next level in your social work career in the Council.
Why complete your ASYE with East Riding of Yorkshire Council?
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is an innovative Local Authority which constantly strives to improve the standard of services provided to children, families and young people in our area.
Our vision is to ensure that vulnerable children and young people receive excellent social work services to keep them safe and to make sure they reach their full potential. We are responding to the challenges we face with energy and innovation.
There are various office bases available for these roles, including Beverley, Goole, Anlaby and Bridlington. You will be asked your preference at interview; we want to be able to match you to a role that works best for our children and families but also for you.
East Riding has excellent transport links and our various locations make it easy to access working spaces from various locations.
East Riding office spaces are only 3 - 6 miles from Hull, 13 miles from North Lincolnshire, 20 miles from North East Lincolnshire, 22 miles from Doncaster, 17 miles from Scarborough and 14 miles from York, with strong access routes via the M62 and A1079.
‘The Right Candidate’
We are looking for energetic and creative newly qualified social workers who can demonstrate tenacity and enthusiasm in making a positive difference to the lives of children and young people. You will be passionate about ensuring our most vulnerable children are supported to achieve their full potential.
In East Riding we really value positive relationships. Therefore, it is essential that the post holder is able to work relationally with others with a flexible and adaptable approach – always demonstrating their commitment to working to the highest possible standards whilst remaining at all times child centred.
You will be able to build positive working relationships with children and young people, professionals and carers as well as respectfully challenge when appropriate. You will be able to work on your own initiative but also perform as part of a wider team. You will be able and committed to writing child’s records, plans and reports to a high standard each evidencing the voice of children, young people and families throughout.
Why work for East Riding?
We really value our social workers and it is our fundamental belief that our staff are the most important asset in fulfilling our responsibility to provide a quality service to children, young people and their families. We therefore want to invest in you and your development, for newly qualified social workers this means a high level of support through our new ASYE programme, which offers both mentoring, pastoral support and practice development. We care about your career and will help you to identify your own goals and work with you to support you to achieve that within East Riding.
Our social workers and practitioners describe East Riding as ‘a family’; we really value our relationships with each other, with the families we support, and our partner agencies. We offer flexible working approaches because we want you to be able to enjoy your own family time and we know that this is important to our staff. We listen to what our social workers and practitioners are telling us and work hard to respond and make a difference – in East Riding we are so committed to this that we have a Principal Social Worker for those who are social work qualified and a Principal Practice Lead for our practitioners who are not, who champion the frontline voice across the service.
We are fully committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and anti-racist practice.
Other benefits of being a social worker in East Riding include.
This is in addition to the overall benefits of a role with East Riding, which you can check out below.
Take a look at our recruitment web pages and our Children’s Social Care information page for a full range of benefits and support.
Our Model of Practice Stronger Together: ‘You can, I can, We can’
We have created a bespoke practice model that reflects and connects our vision, our value base and our behaviour as one East Riding of Yorkshire approach to working with children, young people and their families, which is nurtured and grown from within East Riding of Yorkshire CYPSSS and owned by our workforce.
We remain committed to Signs of Safety as a practice framework, but this is set within a much wider, values based, model of practice that clearly connects Signs of Safety with the East Riding value base, and our overall approach to making and sustaining relationships with children, families and communities. Our Stronger Together approach is strengths based, solution-focussed, and relational recognising that the very best work with families takes place within the context of excellent, collaborative relationships.
A well embedded model ensures we all have something to centre our practice on so that, while the work may be different, all of our teams are grounded in the same values, beliefs, theories and approaches. Having a well-developed practice model helps to create a common language for the service and enables everyone to understand how we go about doing the right things, in the right way and for the right reasons for children and their families.
Other important information
East Riding of Yorkshire Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and is pursuing equality of opportunity in employment.
Get in touch for more information.
The Council offers many remote working opportunities as part of our commitment to providing flexibility wherever possible for our employees.
If you already work for the council and have an Employee Self Service (ESS) account, please login to apply online using your ESS username and password.
Some travel across East Riding of Yorkshire may be required, applicants must be able to transport themselves.
This post is subject to an enhanced DBS clearance check.
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