Level 3 - Children's Social Work (Initial Response Team) - Bury - #00038A391

We are recruiting for a Level 3 Social Worker working within the Children's Initial Response Team. During Covid Bury offer a flexible working policy. Apply now and express your interest before this vacancy goes quick.

Post Grade: 10-12 depending on experience and qualifications

Post Hours: 37

Special Conditions of Service: (To be completed by Supervisor/Manager)

Car Allowance

The nature and demands of the post holder’s time are not always predictable and there will be expectations that work will be required outside normal hours from time to time.

Level 3 Social Workers will be allocated work commensurate with their knowledge and experience and take the lead when co-working the most complex cases with less experienced workers. Their level of experience will be reflected within the Caseload Management System. They will work towards the specialist social work award.

Purpose and Objectives of Post:

Provide a social work service to children in need and their families

Accountable to: Assistant Director Children’s Social Care

Immediately Responsible to: Fieldwork Team Manager

Immediately Responsible for:

Relationships (Internal and External)

Other social work teams


Health personnel including hospital staff

Legal department and other solicitor’s barristers

Other Local Authority personnel


Control of Resources

To comply with health and safety as defined in the Health and Safety Policy

Office equipment


1. Provide a professional social work service to children in need and their families in accordance with the principles of the Children Act

2. Undertake enquiries and assessments of children who are considered to have possible suffered or who may be likely to suffer significant harm. Make applications with the appropriate management and legal advice for Orders to safeguard children under the Children Act.

3. Work in partnership with service users in a variety of settings including the office, the service user’s own premises and any other suitable setting for social work practice.

4. Prepare written reports of a professional standard for use in a variety of settings, including Court proceedings.

5. Act as a representative of the Local Authority at court, give verbal evidence at Public and Private proceedings and give account of Local Authority actions; provide written evidence for the courts when required.

6. Maintain client records in accordance with statutory and departmental requirements.

7. Attend child protection conferences, statutory reviews, core groups, department meetings and verbally contribute in a professional manner to the course of the proceedings.

8. Represent the Local Authority when cases are being transferred between authorities.

9. Contribute to the preparation and implementations of plans for children in need (child protection, looked after children and family support)

10. Contribute to the maintenance and development of an efficient and effective social work team, attend and contribute to team meetings in a structured professional manner.

11. Provide cover for the Children and Families Social Work Teams and when required.

12. Work directly with service users employing a wide range of social work knowledge, skills, methods and techniques.

13. Work co-operatively or conjointly with other social workers or other professionals where this is seen to be appropriate by the Fieldwork Team Manager or their managers

14. Participate as required in the administration and organisation of all work related to social work duties associated with the post.

15. Provide information to assist in the planning, implementation or monitoring of services as required for departmental, Department of Health or other official purposes.

16. Work effectively and co-operatively within a professional and family network established in respect of individual children in need and their families.

17. Act within departmental, council and government requirements, policies and procedures.

18. Participate in supervision within the departmental scheme; act in accordance with plans or undertakings given within supervision.

19. Act as chair in meetings within the child protection procedures where this has been agreed by the Team Manager or other Fieldwork Managers.

20. Advocate on behalf of clients with other local Authority departments and with private and voluntary agencies where this does not conflict with the role of a local authority employee.

21. Work out of normal office hours and occasional duties at weekends.

22. Provide information to assist in the planning, implementation or monitoring of services as required for departmental, Department of Health or other official purposes.

23. Participate in a Social Work duty rota within the Social Work Team.

24. To be responsible for and committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and for ensuring that they are protected from harm.

For Level 1 workers, the above plus

25. Undertake training appropriate to the duties of the post, it is agreed 10% of their working

time will be spent on training and practice development.

For Level 2 workers, the above plus

26. Undertake training appropriate to the duties of the post and work towards the consolidation module social work award.

27. Provide support, advice and supervision where appropriate to unqualified social workers, students, ancillary and other staff.

For Level 3 worker, the above plus

28. Process referrals and complete both initial and core assessments of children in need in accordance with statutory requirements and departmental policies.

29. Interview children and young people where there are allegations of sexual abuse in accordance with official guidance and where necessary undertake those interviews jointly with the police.

29. Undertake training appropriate to the duties of the post including the advanced award.

Where an employee is asked to undertake duties other than those specified directly in his/her job description, such duties shall be discussed with the employee concerned who may have his/her Trade Union Representative present if so desired. (See paragraph 203 of Supplemental Conditions of Service).

What's on offer for the Social Worker?

  • Excellent competitive pay rate per hour.
  • 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, in particular previous experience of Assessment work
  • Social Work England registration.
  • Post qualified experience.

Benefits of working with Semester.co.uk:

  • 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 *

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