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Children's Social Work Academy

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Are you a Newly Qualified Social Worker with a passion for Children and Families Social Work?

It is an exciting time to join Northumberland County Council as we commence recruitment for ‘Cohort 12’ of NORTHUMBERLAND CHILDREN’S ASYE ACADEMY. We would like to offer you an opportunity to complete your Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) within our innovative supportive, bespoke learning Academy which has been recognised by Skills for Care. The Programme commences September 2024. Interviews will be held week commencing  8th April 2024. Please note , for those successful during interview, we offer non social worker roles until commencement of the Academy in September 2024. This supports networking opportunities whilst receiving an income.

Northumberland County Council are proud of our employees, who are passionate and committed to improving outcomes for our children and families.
Here’s what previous participants of the cohorts think of the Programme so far…

"Being part of the Northumberland Social Work Academy has ensured that I have been surrounded by tailored support, learning and challenges aimed at preparing me to make the difficult transition from student to professional practice. The high level of support and reduced caseload offered within the Academy has helped me to feel valued and more confident in my role as a newly qualified social worker."

"Joining the ASYE Academy has been a great experience and one that I would recommend to any Social Work student looking to apply for a job! The Academy gives you the protection you need to explore and develop your skills as a Social Worker at a pace that is tailored to your needs. Both Catharina and Sarah have lots of experience and are great people to provide you the support and guidance you need to become great Social Workers!"

Come and join us and we’ll provide a framework of support to ensure your individual needs are met. Working full time, you will partake in an extensive training programme specifically selected to develop your skills, competencies and confidence. Throughout your journey, you will be supported by experienced managers  to manage a carefully selected caseload; to enable you to apply your learning and manage your progress in the areas of practice and development identified for you. In addition;

You will develop the knowledge and skills within a learning, nurturing environment, resulting in the development of you as a confident, caring social worker with a robust value base.
You will always want to hear the child’s voice and ensure that this is taken into account.
We will support you to develop your knowledge base of the Knowledge and Skills Statement for Child and Family Social work and the application of Professional Capabilities Framework (PCF) which will be embedded within all elements of practice.
You will develop your knowledge base around the Signs of Safety approach.
You will be given reflective supervision on a fortnightly basis in order to support your application of theory to practice;
You will partake in training, group supervision and mentoring.
You will be passionate about maximising a child’s life chances to improve their overall outcomes.
You will care enough to want to make a difference to a child’s life - every day.

The benefits of choosing Northumberland
A competitive starting salary of £37336 incrementally expanding to £41418
Access to Car Lease scheme after the probation period
A wide variety of training and development opportunities
Commitment to Career Progression
Access to ASYE support group
Employee assistance programme offering free confidential advice on a wide range of issues
Pension - We provide a Local Government Pension Scheme; 
Sick pay - We will pay up to six months’ sick pay on full salary subject to service; 
Annual leave - 26 days paid annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing to 31 days after 5 years’ service. Employees can request to purchase additional annual leave via a salary sacrifice scheme.
Flexi Scheme: 2 days flexible leave per accounting period (pro rata for part time employees). Maternity/adoption leave – Up to 52 weeks’ leave of absence, with pay for a specified period dependent upon length of service and personal choice.
Free parking at council sites

Your role
You will take on challenging and rewarding work, assisted by high quality supervision from experienced managers who also understand the particular needs of ASYE.
We have adopted a Signs of Safety Approach and this focus on learning and strength will form the basis of your social work practice.
Through a carefully selected caseload, you will gain experience in all areas of statutory children and families work and benefit from an exceptional training programme that offers coaching and reflection to bring your learning alive. You'll also have group and individual supervision and access to ASYE Support Group.
We want you to start your career in Northumberland in the most positive way and stay with us to make a real difference to practice.
You will also receive a nationally recognised certificate on successful completion of your ASYE.

Click the link to hear about an ASYE's experience here in Northumberland.

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