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About the role
The Transition Team, based in Woking or Redhill, is a dynamic and vibrant countywide service for young people aged between 14 and 25. Although we sit in Adult Social Care, our journey with the people we support starts much earlier at academic year 9. Within Surrey County Council, the Transition Team sits in a unique and favourable position of being able to undertake frontline work across both Children and Adult Services.
We work with young people who have a wide range of additional needs and complex conditions. We challenge inequality and traditional responses to service delivery and ensure that we employ a strength-based approach to our work. This facilitates a more innovative approach to our support planning processes thereby realising more outcome focused goals for the young people we support and their families.
We believe in coproduction and feel passionately that the young person should be firmly in control of their life outcomes. Supporting them through the Preparation for Adulthood agenda, we also ensure that our young people have aspirational goals and targets that will support them into employment pathways, independent living and all other meaningful occupation.
How is working within the Transition Team a rewarding experience?
Working in the Transition Team, you will benefit from a rich tapestry of experience. We are remodelling approaches from traditional institutional approaches as we challenge inequalities that prevent young people with disabilities and their carers from living a life free of discrimination and limitations. We work with a wide range of professionals and providers who enable us to look at an individual’s needs holistically and consider our service response from a whole family perspective.
We are looking for enthusiastic and dynamic qualified and registered Social Workers and Senior Social Workers. For this role you will need to have completed your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE). We recognise there will be exceptions to this so please speak to us if you are in any doubt.
We are looking for social workers who believe it is important to ensure people have choice and control over their own support needs. We want people who are committed, like us, to focus on the person, their strengths and networks rather than routinely assessing people for services and eligibility. We want colleagues who will look first at what people can do rather than what they can’t do and have conversations that identify what is important to the person, ‘what matters’ rather than ‘what’s the matter’. We believe that by exploring people’s goals and aspirations, and the strengths they have themselves or around them, we can help people to stay independent for longer and connected to their communities.
If you hold the same values and ethos as we do, please come and join up and help us continue to develop our strength-based practice model.
The Transition Team is a constantly evolving, fast paced service, where we like to keep challenging ourselves to achieve best practice and outcomes. We are a resilient team that is both welcoming and value driven. Working with us will provide you with opportunities for professional and personal growth as well as positive career advancement opportunities.
We also fully understand the challenges of day to day frontline social work, therefore we are putting tools in place to improve your work/life balance and to try and make day to day tasks more manageable. We are currently rolling out hybrid devices which have a touch screen, detachable keyboard and will enable staff to access systems such as LAS when working with clients. The new devices will allow colleagues to change the way they work and to help avoid unnecessary travel. The new hybrid devices will allow staff to change the way they work, to be more agile and reduce the need to return to the office between visits etc.
There are plenty of opportunities ahead and we are excited by this as we have a real chance to make a genuine difference.
In order for us to achieve the required outcomes, the team are expanding. We are currently looking to recruit to the following role:
Social Workers – £35,382 to £39,246 per annum
Senior Social Workers – £40,227 to £44,619 per annum
We have roles are based in Woking or Redhill (you have the option to choose).
Please ensure you outline in your application which role you are applying for.
For more information, please see the full job description attached at the bottom of this page.
For an informal discussion please contact Anne Baillie on 01276 800270 or by e-mail at Anne.Baillie@surreycc.gov.uk. We look forward to receiving your application.
The job advert closes at 23:59 on 15.11.2020.
Please do not apply if you have been unsuccessful at interview stage previously for this role for any team across Adult Social Care in Surrey County Council as your application will not be considered for 3 months from your interview date.
Please note due to the Coronavirus and current health situation, if you are shortlisted for interview you may be offered to interview virtually via one of the following options: Skype, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp Video Calls or standard video calls on mobiles as an alternative to a face to face interview. Phone calls are an option, however will offer limited ability for us to engage with candidates in the same way face to face allows. SCC will communicate with candidates in advance to confirm the most suitable interview method.
From flexible working to job sharing (where possible) we are committed to providing a healthy work life balance. A laptop and mobile will be supplied if applicable to your role. You will benefit from 26 days annual leave, rising to 28 days after 2 years’ service, a generous local government salary related pension, as well as the option to join our car lease scheme. For more information about the wide variety of benefits you can take advantage of please visit MyBenefits for Surrey County Council staff.
Surrey County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the community we serve and particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.
An enhanced DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ check for regulated activity (formerly known as CRB) and the Children’s and Adults’ Barred List checks will be required for this role.
To apply for this job please visit www.surreycc.gov.uk.