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Social Workers at Birmingham

About the Role

As one of our Social Workers, we’ll look to you to safeguard and promote the welfare of the most vulnerable children and young people in the City through the delivery of high quality services. Responsible for a caseload of children and young people, you will ensure those services are delivered in accordance with best practice and that all legislative requirements are met.

You’ll assess and plan for children in need of protection and children in care, involving multi agency partners according to need. You’ll implement, monitor and review children’s plans to ensure their needs are being met. And you’ll ensure that meetings are proactive and timely, and accommodate the child or young person’s needs, wishes and feelings.

We’ll expect you to actively promote a ‘joined-up’ approach to partnership working, both with service users as well as other teams, agencies and organisations. And, in addition to preparing and presenting reports to conferences, courts and panels, you’ll support the Team Manager by undertaking any other duties commensurate with the job or needs of the service.

About the Service

We are working to support a hugely diverse city with a wide range of services, our mission is clear: to improve the quality of life for children and families across Birmingham – today, tomorrow and always; in line with the overarching vision of the Council itself.

By providing stronger support for our social workers, we can deliver better outcomes for the people we serve. Join us, and you’ll be in a great place for professional and personal development and – in our large, vibrant and evolving city – one of the best places to make the most of life outside work.

We believe Birmingham is the place to do social work. We’re continuing our improvement journey with a new Chief Social Worker, focused on driving up best practice and standards across the city. This is your chance to be part of that journey. We’ll support you all the way, giving you control over your caseload and development, and the time you need to build relationships with children, young people and their families – helping us to deliver our commitment to the people of Birmingham.

Our Offer to You

Generous Annual Leave Entitlement
Local Government Pension Scheme
Birmingham Rewards Discount Scheme
Personal Development Schemes
Relocation Packages
Employee Assistance Programme
Flexible Working Patterns
Productive & Supportive Working Environment

What We're Looking For

  • Full Health Care Profession Council (HCPC) registration.

  • Extensive experience of working with vulnerable children and their families.

  • Experience working as an effective partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies.

  • An effective team player and communicator, you’ll be confident in creating and delivering engaging and accurate information to a range of audiences.

  • A thorough working knowledge of professional social work practices and all relevant legislation.

  • The capacity to intervene effectively within situations of increasing complexity and challenge.

  • Committed to Birmingham City Council’s values, you show respect for diversity at all times.

  • Resilient under pressure

Our Children in Care Teams

Our Children in Care teams work with children who are subject to care proceedings and help move children into long term permanent arrangements, through rehabilitation home, adoption, SGO and long term foster care. They work across 14 hubs across the City, each one based within the community they support.

The teams have strong links with the Looked After Children and Education Services, Fostering and Adoption, the Internal Therapeutic Service and the Leaving Care Service. We work closely with a range of partners including the Health Service, Schools Service and our own Independent Reviewing Service to ensure the voices of children and young people are always central to our practice.

This is who we’re working for. To support them when they need us. And ensure that every child has someone to turn to. This is why we’re here.

Our Disabled Children Service

Every child deserves the best possible chances in life. To that end, our Disabled Children Service is focused on excellence in supporting families; where the disabled child is the intended recipient of social care support or the family’s needs arise due to the child’s disability. We assess needs and identify resources as well as promoting and safeguarding Children in Need, Children on Protection Plans and Children in Care. We undertake court work and reports when required, acting courageously to promote the children’s individual needs as citizens of Birmingham.

This is a dynamic, creative and rewarding area which facilitates a positive learning environment. The largest service of its kind in the country, we have 55 staff working across six teams on approximately 1,200 social work cases and 600 occupational therapy cases at any one time.

We are focused on working in partnership, achieving co-production of service with families, schools, health and the voluntary sector. Our goal is to provide innovative enablement and family support, making the best use of our resources to support disabled children and young people in Birmingham whenever they need us. This is why we’re here.

Our Safeguarding Team

Our Safeguarding teams work with children and families whose needs are so complex or significant that intervention is necessary to prevent risk of harm. Focussed on positive outcomes, they work in challenging yet supportive and collaborative ways, making use of Child Protection Plans and Child in Need Plans.

The teams have strong links with the Looked After Children and Education Services, Fostering and Adoption, the Internal Therapeutic Service and the Leaving Care Service. We work closely with a range of partners including the Health Service, Schools Service and our own Independent Reviewing Service to ensure the voices of children and young people are always central to our practice.

18+ Care Leavers Service

Our Care Leavers Service assists young people (aged 18 – 21) with their transition from care to full independence.

We work closely with our Transition Team and receive our referrals from our Area Children in Care Teams. We work alongside the young person’s social worker, to form bonds and advise on the facilities and services available to them, to support the young person’s transition into adulthood.

When the young person reaches eighteen, they will be assigned to one of our Aftercare Adviser.

We have three teams that cover the City. Each team is made up of a Team Manager plus 8 other members of staff.

We work closely with a range of partnership agencies, including Health and Housing; to ensure each young person develops their resilience and creates the right opportunities to maintain their independence.

Many of our young people make the choice to continue or resume education after they reach the age of 21; in these circumstances, we may look to extend our support up to the age of 25.

Disabled Children's Service

Disabled Children’s Social Care (DCSC) is a service focussed on supporting families who are caring for a child aged 0-18 with substantial, complex and critical needs.

As part of Children’s Services we are committed to:

  1. Working openly with families to bring about change so that parents and carers are able to provide good parenting, firm boundaries and emotional warmth allowing children to develop skills and resilience in a safe environment;
  2. Supporting children to remain within their family wherever possible. Where this is not possible we seek to provide high quality substitute care within family settings, as near to home as possible, and to maintain links with birth family whenever this is in the child’s best interests.
  3. Encouraging disabled children and young people to live in the community and take part in social inclusion activities in schools, colleges, local clubs and societies, including sport, play and leisure activities. Supporting an enablement approach which helps to prepare young people for life in the community as adults.

We also assist with:

  • Home Support
  • Direct Payments
  • Short Break Fostering Provision
  • Children’s Residential Homes
  • Norman Laud Centre– a voluntary organisation which offers overnight short breaks, day care and activity service;
  • Preparation for Adulthood,


Family and Friends Service

We are a new and developing citywide service providing Special Guardianship, Connected Persons, Private Fostering Assessments and Support  all under one umbrella.

Our teams manage a mixed caseload and no two days are the same.

We work hard to undertake strengths based, robust and timely assessments with a clear focus on the child.

Our work is fast paced, and deadline centred; and suits people who thrive on challenges and are able to manage conflicting priorities.

We provide excellent support networks for our team; monthly supervision as well as access to regular training.

Birmingham has redesigned its Family and Friends Service and it is an exciting time to join the team and be part of the changes.

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