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ASYE Children’s Social Workers (Dorset)

Salary details: £32095 - £33820

Dorset Council
Occupational group
Children's Social Work
Salary details
Level 1 Social Worker Grade 9 - £32,095 - £33,820
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
Liz Wood
Contact email
Contact telephone
01305 225638
Closing Date
26 February 2023 11:00 PM
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ASYE Children’s Social Workers (Dorset) 

Level 1 Social Worker Grade 9 - £32,095 - £33,820

Are you a Newly Qualified Social Worker or do you qualify in the upcoming months?……Are you looking to find the best opportunities to develop and progress with high levels of support in the first steps of your career? It is an exciting time here in Children’s Services with Ofsted rating us Good with outstanding leadership in November 2021. We are continuing our journey to improve our services and outcomes to enhance the lives of Dorset’s children and families.

Make Dorset the First Step in Your Social Work Career 

We understand that your first year as a social worker is so important for your career and the transition of moving from student to social worker can be challenging.

We have ASYE Social Worker opportunities across our teams and localities, where you will be supported throughout your assessed year by a team with a wealth of experience and knowledge, including Advanced Practitioners, our Principal Social Worker and ASYE co-ordinator.

When you join our ASYE programme you will have:

  • A reduced caseload
  • Protected development time
  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Mentoring support from an experienced social worker
  • Access to Peer Support groups
  • Specific ASYE training and learning development opportunities

‘Dorset Council has given me a brilliant opportunity and has started off my career in Social Work, from the support at the beginning of the ASYE programme right down to the last day, my experience has been amazing. Support from the professionals has been great, no question was too silly, and the training has been relevant and up to date – which has helped me grow in confidence, experience, and expertise. I was treated like a professional and asked for my contribution right from the beginning which made me feel valued as an ASYE Social Worker, I am very grateful to Dorset Council and would recommend them to any ASYEs that want to start of their career right’ Natasha, ASYE 2020/21.

‘Dorset Children Thrive’ is our model for delivering Children’s services in Dorset and brings together services and support for children and families into six integrated locality teams, supported by a central team of specialist services. We are looking for people who have a genuine interest in restorative practice and a strengths-based approach to building effective relationships with children, families, and communities. So, if you are committed to making a difference to the lives of children and young people, we want to hear from you. 

We offer a range of benefits including: 

  • A Competitive Salary
  • Generous Relocation Package*
  • Flexible Working
  • Excellent Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Exciting Continuous Professional Development Opportunities
  • Career Progression through three levels of Qualified Social Worker roles, and further development into management and advanced practice.

*A generous relocation package is payable, of which up to £8,000 (of HMRC eligible elements) are free of tax. Depending on your personal circumstance our package provides options to help you relocate whether you are looking to buy or rent and includes: an initial advance of up to £2,500 payable when you start, help towards fees associated with buying/selling (up to £6,500) and an option to receive help towards your rent or mortgage in the first two years. 

Additional Information:

Please click here for further information. For an informal discussion please call Liz Wood on 01305 225638 or email SWrecruitment@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk

Your application will be reviewed as soon as you apply. There are Social Worker opportunities in a range of Locality teams (Assessment, CIN (Children in Need) and CP)  – including Weymouth & Portland , East Dorset  and North Dorset, and this will be discussed at interview stage. 

You must have a social work degree or your social work qualifications must be in progress . You will be able to state on your application when you may expect to receive them. In your application, we want to hear about your social work placements and the learning that you have gained from those and any previous experiences.

You must be able to fulfil the travel requirements of the post.

This post involves working with children and having access to significant information about them and will therefore be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check.  

The friends and family referral scheme applies to this post. If this vacancy has been recommended to you by a Dorset Council employee, make sure you mention them by completing the required details when asked on the application form. They will give you all the information you need. 

Once this post has closed, the job description and person specification will no longer be available to view.

Please note Dorset Council does not accept CVs in place of an application form due to Safer Recruitment procedures, and because we require the same range of information from all our candidates. 

We currently cannot provide certificates of sponsorship for these roles.

Further Information:

Closing date for applications: 26 February 2023

Interviews will be held on 16th March 2023

Dorset Council: A great place to work

We’re passionate about making Dorset a great place to live, work and visit. Working for us should be no exception.

At Dorset Council we:

  • provide more than 450 services to over 300,000 residents
  • have ambitious aspirations
  • are excited about our future
  • care about Dorset and all the people who live here
  • know that all roles make a difference and that our employees are key to our success

You will:

  • have access to a range of employee benefits
  • be part of an organisation that supports each other to grow and succeed
  • have access to range of training opportunities which will help with your personal development and career progression

We are challenging ourselves to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation. We recognise that recruitment and inclusion of individuals with diverse skills, perspectives and backgrounds will bring real strength to the council and our communities. We have a commitment to equality and welcome applications from everyone.

We are proud to be a Disability Confident Employer. We offer an interview to everyone who declares a disability and meets the essential criteria for the role.

We are keen to make our interviews accessible. Let us know on your job application if you have a disability and need any reasonable adjustments.

We also look for applicants who share our commitment to our behaviours. We will ask you to evidence when you have demonstrated them as part of the selection process.

If appointed, the personal information we collect from you will be shared with Cifas who will use it to prevent fraud, other unlawful or dishonest conduct, malpractice, and other seriously improper conduct. If any of these are detected, you could be refused certain services or employment. Your personal information will also be used to verify your identity. Further details of how your information will be used by us and Cifas, and your data protection rights, can be found at https://www.cifas.org.uk/fpn.

This role is UK based and we will need to establish your Right to Work as part of the appointment process.

We use generic job descriptions and person specifications. This means the job title on any attachments may differ from the job title in the advert. We may provide specific information in a context statement if relevant.

We cannot accept CVs in the place of an application form as we need the same range of information from all our candidates.

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