Job Description

We are looking for 2 Senior Practitioners/Senior Social Workers (based on experience) to join the Dudley Exploitation Hub at our Corbyn Road location. A mixture of onsite and home working arrangements in place at present. PAY RATE £36 PER HOUR (LTD) IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE:- In accordance with the West Midlands Regional MOU, applications from existing local authorities agency workers within the West Midlands will not be considered. The candidates however do not have to live outside of the West Midlands, just not be in placement in the West Midlands currently. Pay rate at £32.34 per hour for candidates already in placements in other West Midlands local authorities. DEx Hub post role and responsibilities detailed below:- The Dudley Exploitation Hub (DEx hub) is part of Dudley Children’s Services that specifically focuses on CSE, CCE, missing children and significantly vulnerable adolescents at risk. The DEx hub comprises of: • 3 social workers • 3 family support workers • 1 senior practitioner / missing manager • 2 intensive family support workers working on aspects of missing providing Return Home Interviews • 2 police officers • 1 team manager Children and young people are allocated to social workers within the DEx hub when their level of risk regarding exploitation is medium or high. These children and young people can be supported via a variety of plans including child protection, child in need, child in care and assessments, these plans are the responsibility of the allocated social worker within the DEx hub. Exploited children and young people are supported by specialist social workers who are familiar with the local contextual safeguarding agenda and the associated resources and partners. Social workers are often allocated to support between 10-15 children and young people within the DEx hub. These children and young people are supported by a specialist adolescent safety planning framework when extra familial harm is the primary safeguarding issue (My Safety plan). The DEx hub includes specific police-identified resources dedicated to investigating and disrupting exploitation, particularly CCE and CSE. The DEx hub make referrals to specialist therapeutic pathways of support for children and young people who are being exploited including Barnardo’s / PHASE trust and other recognised therapeutic providers. The DEx Hub links in with health partners and facilitates access to health services to ensure children are supported to address their health needs. A representative of the DEx hub attend a monthly Channel panel to ensure that prevent and radicalisation issues are considered through a lens of potential exploitation. The DEx hub co-ordinates with a range of partners, the delivery of a daily missing triage, a weekly exploitation panel, ongoing MACE meetings and a monthly Child Exploitation Operational Group (CEOG). CEOG will consist of a multi-agency panel that responds to specific threats of exploitation. The DEx hub works with management information analyst to co-ordinate and collate information from a range of agencies to identify children and young people at risk of exploitation and highlight vulnerable areas and hotspots. The DEx hub works indirectly with children and young people who are involved in anti-social behaviour and low-level criminal behaviour as part of group. Through this process, a meeting, called a Disruption Meeting, takes place. All professionals working with the different young people identified as part of the group come up with a different recommendation on how they can work with the young people to help in interrupting the unwanted behaviour and find alternative activities that are more appropriate for the young people.

What’s on offer for the Social Worker

· Excellent competitive pay rate – paid weekly!

· Excellent management structure with experienced leaders

· Desirable location with excellent transport links

· A stable and well-supported working environment

You must have:

  • A professional qualification in social work and experience of working with Children's
  • Social Work England registration.
  • Post qualified experience.
  • Enhanced DBS/Update service.
  • References required for the last 5 years of employment.

Benefits of working with

  • Free on-going training opportunities upon registering as part of our commitment to you.
  • Competitive Rates of pay
  • In house payroll, providing weekly payments and support
  • Enhanced DBS completed.
  • Support and expert advice from an approachable, dedicated and friendly team
  • An assigned dedicated & experienced consultant
  • Various employment opportunities in your preferred geographical area
  • Flexible hours to meet your needs, full or part time
  • Recommend a friend bonus scheme
  • “Find your own job” bonus – get £250 for bringing your own position to us *

If you would like to find out more information about this role, or the other opportunities have available feel free to click the 'Apply' button below or contact the team on 0161 4199285**