Bedford Senior Social Worker SW2804

  • Type: Full Time
  • Location: Greater London
  • Role: Long contract
  • Salary: to £40 per hour
  • Reference: SW2804
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SW Locums are looking for a UK experienced, Social Work England registered Qualified Social Worker to work in Children’s Services in Bedford. This is a highly supportive and well reguarded team offering Hybrid working.

Within the chosen service area to carry a complex workload reflecting high levels of risk, uncertainty and challenge, in line with the capability of an experienced Social Worker with a minimum of two years’ post qualification experience in a social work role. To have responsibility for mentoring and supporting the practice development of less experienced Social Workers.

Regular supervision will be in accordance with the departmental supervision policy.

Must have a degree in Social Work or equivalent and:

·       A minimum of two years post qualifying experience as a Social Worker in Children’s Social Care.

·        Qualified Practice Educator or willingness to undertake training.

·       If qualified since 2010, successful completion of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment or the Children’s Workforce Development Council’s Newly Qualified Social Worker programme.

·       Registration with Social work England

·       Evidence of learning, through Continuing Professional Development and its application to practice and/or mentoring.

·       Full driving licence and use of a vehicle for business purposes


Knowledge and application of the values and principles underpinning children, young people, families/carers’ involvement, including the right to access independent advocacy and complaints processes.

Knowledge and application of the legal and policy frameworks and guidance that inform and mandate social work practice in Children’s Social Care, including where scope for professional judgement exists.

Knowledge and application of social work interventions in more than one area of practice, including critical awareness of current issues and evidence based practice research.

Knowledge of the principles and practice of mentoring with the ability to lead practice development and promote a learning culture. Ability to establish a professional network to support development of skills.

Knowledge and understanding of the Professional Capabilities Framework as it applies to the Experienced Social Worker level.

Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, to a range of audiences including children, young people, parents and carers and professional colleagues and have knowledge and understanding of effective customer care.

Ability to manage workload independently, maintaining professionalism in challenging circumstances with the ability to use electronic business support processes for maintaining case recording and diary management.

Ability to gather information so as to inform judgement for interventions in more complex situations and in response to challenge, clearly reporting and recording analysis.

Demonstrate skilled use of a range of frameworks for assessment and intervention.Candidates must demonstrate understanding of and acceptance and commitment to the principles of human rights and equality and how they underpin practice.


At SW Locums you will benefit from:

  • Constant support with your own, vastly experienced and knowledgeable consultant.
  • Great rates of pay.
  • No “waffle” straight talking, conscientious and informed advice.
  • Fastest and accurate payments available.
  • Contact available 24/7.
  • Access to exclusive vacancies nationwide.
  • Free DBS and compliance service.
  • Access to on-going training opportunities.
  • Industry leading “Refer a Friend” recommendation scheme offering up to £300 for successfully placed referrals.
  • Excellent “Find your own job” bonus – get £250 for bringing your own position to us *
* Terms and conditions apply to our bonus scheme.