Experienced Social Workers - Connected Person Team

Children & Families
Child Protection & Family Support
Social Care - Children
Huddersfield and surrounding areas
Full Time, Temporary
Until June 2021
Grade 10-12
£30,507 - £38,813 FTE
Plus an annually reviewed Market Rate Supplement of £1,500 for Level 3 Social Workers and Senior Practitioners

Job 1 - 37 hours

Job 2 - 18.5 hours

We’re Kirklees – Come and Join our team

We’re on an ambitious journey and looking for passionate and committed social workers to join our teams which are already transforming our children and young people services.

Our last Ofsted inspection highlighted our progress stating:

"progress has been achieved through increased corporate commitment and investment in services, clear and focused leadership, strengthening of partnerships for example the duty and advice team, and improved workforce stability and engagement.

Children who need help and protection are now recognised, and risk of significant harm is quickly responded to.”

We are not complacent and continue our hard work on our improvement plan to ensure that we offer the best service to children and families in Kirklees.

Our progress so far is clear:

  • The social work teams are now close to full complement and all leadership and management posts are filled with permanent staff.

  • Advanced Practitioners provide more support for social workers and more focus on developing practice.

  • Working in locality teams and building effective relationships with partners.

  • A remuneration package which reflects the challenges of the role.

A rare secondment opportunity has arisen to join a small but well established team within Kirklees that sits within the Fostering service.

The Connected Person Assessment Team is responsible for completing assessments of family members or friends or those who are considered ‘connected’ to a child.

The work is fast paced, and Court driven. You will be working closely with other Social Work teams within Kirklees such as Assessment and Intervention and the Children in Care service.

The team undertake initial viability assessments, Emergency Reg 24 assessments and Full Fostering Assessments which are presented to Fostering panel. Experience of completing these types of assessments would be valuable but not essential.

These positions are temporary but this is an opportunity to work within a niche area of Social Work which will enhance your skills and knowledge within the area of Connected Persons and Fostering.

Ideally you will be level 3 or above and looking to start with immediate effect.

Our Offer to You:

“Senior managers have successfully recruited and retained social workers……. Kirklees Council nurtures and develops its new social work staff.” (Ofsted 2019)

We are pioneering a Restorative Practice approach to social work which involves innovation and locality working with high quality relationships at the heart of our approach. You will work with manageable caseloads and we will ensure that you have high-quality professional development and receive high standards of induction, supervision and management.

We have a bespoke learning and development offer at all levels of social work allowing you access to professional development opportunities enabling you to develop and progress your career. Our well-established career structure also supports us to develop our own managers and leaders.

For more information or to have an informal discussion please call 01484 221000 and ask for Rahila Habib.

Travel is an essential part of this job and therefore it would be extremely difficult for you to do your job effectively if you did not use a car for all or most of the time. It is essential that you hold a full and valid driving licence and it is expected that you will either use a council vehicle or your own car.


For appointment to Level 3 Social Worker applicants need to demonstrate they have successfully been assessed against the requirements of progression to Level III.

For appointment to Senior Practitioner, applicants need to demonstrate that they have successfully assessed against the requirements for Senior Practitioner level.

Appointments will be made at a level appropriate to your skills and experience.

In order to be considered for these jobs please complete the on line application form which includes a shortlisting questionnaire. 


12 July 2020, 11:55 PM

This job is subject to an enhanced DBS check.  A conviction may not exclude candidates from appointment but will be considered as part of the recruitment process.
To apply for this job as a secondment you must be a substantive employee of the Council with over 6 months continuous service and have successfully completed your probation period.  

Applications for secondments will only be accepted if approved by your manager, you will be asked to confirm on your application form that you have the relevant permission.  

If you are refused permission to apply for a secondment please contact HR Recruitment to register the refusal.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable adults and children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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