Social Worker - Divisional Based Intervention Team (D-BIT) - Chelmsfor

Essex County Council
30000.00 - 35000.00 GBP Annual
04 Oct 2017
18 Oct 2017
Public Sector
Contract Type
Full Time

Qualified Social Worker - The Divisional Based Intervention Team (D-BIT) Service Reunification


GBP30,000 to GBP35,000


Full time, 37 hours per week

This position will focus primarily upon working with children and young people who have been looked after by the local authority for a significant period, and where following careful assessment by the allocated social worker, the primary care plan indicates reunification is viable.

Our aim is to enhance decision making and increase support to ensure children and young people who are reunited with their birth families are safe and appropriately cared for by their parents/caregivers and family network.
  • You will work in partnership with the child's allocated social worker to ensure that children's' needs and the risks that they may face are properly understood.
  • You will work with the parents, children, family and professional network to develop a bespoke package of support for both the child and their parents.
  • You will help give parents and children high-quality and timely support in their homes, at times when support is required. We will work with families during evenings and at weekends as required to strengthen family relationships and promote better outcomes.
  • You will be part of a team providing parents with support to build their parenting skills and address the problems they face.
  • You will be part of a team providing children and young people with the support that they need to promote helpful assimilation back into their families of origin.

About our team

D-BIT is a secondary team working in partnership with front line children's services, devising a robust and structured reunification plans. The team is based in Chelmsford and provides a countywide response to requests for bespoke reunification activity. Assigned caseloads are limited, reflecting our commitment to bespoke, relevant, intensive family support activity Staff work cohesively together, providing support to families as a team with the capacity to flex and adapt as required to support our activity with families referred to the service.

Working arrangements are flexible, with acknowledgement that a percentage of family based activity is likely to need to take place outside of usual working hours.

As such, candidates should be aware that there is likely to be some evening and weekend work responsibilities which will include a 4% flat rate allowance for flexible working.

Knowledge, skills and experience

What you'll need to join our Social Work teams

To play a key part in transforming the lives of children and families, you will have a Diploma or Degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent and Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Social Worker. Be able to demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards e.g. Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS)

Open to change and ready to innovate, you will be keen to join an environment where you can stretch yourself professionally, make an impact individually and deliver positive outcomes collaboratively.

Testimonial from a Social Worker within our DBIT team:

"As a social worker in the existing DBIT teams, the biggest aspect of my job is the privileged time to carry out meaningful intensive direct work with whole families and young people. With protected caseloads of a maximum of 8 and joint working every case with another member of the team we are able to quickly build positive relationships with families and work regularly alongside to the beat of their agenda and how they would like life to look like. The other excellent aspect to my work is the solution focused strength based approach we use, which in my opinion is what social work is all about. Empowering families and building their confidence in their own powers to enable them to manage and achieve their own goals for themselves. There is a creative flexibility to not only how we work and meet with families, but also how we receive training, consultation and develop as workers within DBIT in order for families to achieve the positive outcomes which led to our service becoming permanent within Essex County Council."

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  • Diploma or Degree in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as Registered Social Worker
  • Demonstrable capability of practice in accordance with current professional standards eg Professional Capability Framework (PCF), Knowledge & Skills Statement (KSS)
  • Case recording
  • Demonstrate ability in the application of SW knowledge, using emotional intelligence, analytical skills and act with confidence in challenging social and family situations.
  • A good working knowledge and ability to use information technology and related systems eg, Word, SW case recording systems
  • Required to work flexibly as required, including evenings and weekends if necessary.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car is essential.

As part of employment with Essex County Council should your role require a DBS check you will be required to register with the DBS update service. The DBS update service ensures all registered DBS certificates are kept up to date and allows authorised parties to view the status of your certificate. This is an annual subscription and you will be responsible for ensuring this is maintained. For further information on the DBS update service please visit:

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on *.

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Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all of its employees, including:
  • A Local Government pension scheme
  • Interest free bus and rail season ticket loans, from GBP100-GBP5,000 as well as pool bikes and a car sharing scheme
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • Excellent opportunities for personal and professional development through our specialist learning and development teams
  • Extensive induction programmes
  • Annual leave entitlement of up to 29 days per year (depending upon grade and length of service)
  • Continued service benefits
  • Staff discounts in gyms/travel agencies/car sales/restaurants and days out

Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

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