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Senior Social Worker - Emergency Duty Team

Birmingham Children's Trust
£34,788 - £42,683 (Plus a relocation package of up to £8,000 & Incentive Payment of £3,000. Terms & conditions will apply).
1 Lancaster Circus, Birmingham
Working Pattern:
Full Time
36.5 hours per week.
DBS Check:
Closing Date:
16/08/2020 at 23:59 PM
Birmingham Children's Trust

As a Senior Social Worker  in our EDT service you will take a leading role in improving the quality of professional social work across the breadth of the casework cycle, complying with legislative requirements at all times and in accordance with best practice.

We will look to you to take telephone calls from professionals or families requesting a service or reporting a safeguarding concern, respond to referrals received via the in box and undertaking visits to children and young people when required which will be during the EDT hours.

We’ll also expect you to provide technical and professional expertise to less experienced social workers, mentoring them and sharing your knowledge of relevant legislation, national standards, guidance, research, policy and procedures.  Another important part of the role will involve actively promoting a ‘joined-up’ approach to effective partnership working, both with service users as well as other teams, agencies and organisations.


With an approved social work qualification, you’ll be registered with Social Work England together with extensive experience of working with vulnerable children and their families, as well as statutory and voluntary agencies.  You’ll require a thorough working knowledge of professional social work practices and all relevant legislation, and be able to demonstrate the ability to intervene effectively within situations of increasing complexity and challenge.

Andrew Christie, chair of Birmingham Children’s Trust, said: “The Trust was established to improve how children’s social care services are delivered in Birmingham.  For many families, this starts with our response at the front door of our services. 

“It is extremely encouraging to receive positive feedback from Ofsted following their latest focused visit, and this tells us that our progress is on track.

Ofsted recognised that leaders know the service and that they understand what further improvements are required."

We are looking for Senior social work practitioners, who have completed their ASYE, to join our teams and drive through and embed; our improvements for the Children, young people and their families across the City.

Why Do We do this

Our vision is to put children and young people at the heart of everything we do.  We have a clear singe focus: to deliver excellent social work and family support for the city’s most vulnerable children, young people and families.

We have a stable, dedicated and committed workforce; with below average levels of agency staff and low staff turnover.

During Ofsted’s visit early 2020 they were quoted as saying “All staff spoken to are positive about working for the Trust…”

“Staff report receiving consistently good support from all tiers of highly visible leaders and managers…”

We are driving innovation across the region leading on and implementing a local Family Drugs & Alcohol Court.  Expanding our family group conference service.  Forming partnerships with national research with the ‘What Works Centre’ as well as investing in partnership-based research.  We have also acquired the copywrite to deliver the ground-breaking therapeutic programme ‘Breaking the Cycle’.

There has never been a better time to join the Birmingham Children’s Trust and develop your career.

Our Practice Model

We are committed to child-centered practice.  We are focused on keeping children safe and meeting their needs whilst involving parents, or carers, and wider family members at every stage.  Our involvement should always be collaborative and reflect the expertise and resources of families and local community networks.

Learning & Development

As a learning organisation and our Academy offers a learning programme appropriate to your role.

We have introduced a Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) module-based programme to prepare our staff for the National Accreditation Assessment System (NAAS).  You’ll have access to Research in Practice and Community Care Inform; with a Practice Hub which is dedicated to supporting staff in their learning and development through clear and supported career progression. 


Our offer includes competitive rewards, a generous annual leave package; and our recently launched a Salary Sacrifice Car Leasing Scheme; to name a few.  

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