Family Support and Protection Social Worker

Essex County Council is looking for a focused and energetic Locum Social Worker to join their Family Support & Protection Team in Harlow.

Essex County Council acknowledge that Social Work is a demanding, complex but fulfilling role and they recognise the importance of equipping you with the tools to build meaningful relationships and make lasting changes to our vulnerable families.


They are very proud of their achievements and the recognition their social workers have received which have included winning the national Social Worker of the Year Award in 2014 and 2016.

Essex is a great place to work and it's the perfect time for you to join them and play your part.


What's on offer as a locum Family Support & Protection Social Worker?



  • A very competitive £207 daily rate, with weekly pay

  • A dedicated CHA consultant to aid you through the interview and onboarding process

  • You will be part of a very supportive and friendly team and council

  • There is potential to move into a permanent role


What are the responsibilities as a locum Family Support & Protection Social Worker?


FS&P Teams work with families that have long-term complex issues, require more than three months' intervention, and where children are subject to child protection or child in need plans or where children can no longer live at home and care proceedings need to be initiated.



  • You will be responsible for building on the relationships with families using systemic and strengths based social work approaches.

  • You will work alongside families to achieve positive change within the context of managing risk.

  • The work is varied and involves working with Public Law Outline (PLO), taking families into proceedings and first hearing only, Special Guardianship Order (SGO) assessments and Section 7 court reports, reviewing as well as updating assessments and plans for children subject to Children in Need (CIN), Child Protection (CP) or Looked-After Children (LAC).


What are the requirements of a locum Family Support & Protection Social Worker?



  • A recognized Social Work qualification (Degree/DipSW/CQSW) with a minimum of 2 years' experience.

  • You will need 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 or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

  • 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 e.g., Word, SW case recording systems

  • A valid HCPC registration

  • A Clear, Enhanced DBS


If you are interested in this application and wish to apply please follow the application instructions stated on the website, or alternatively you can contact Charles Hunter Associates directly and speak to Siobhan Veysey on 0118 948 5555.




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