These roles will challenge you 

In social work, career-defining moments don’t come around very often. This is one of them. We’re looking for your expertise, passion and energy to help us turn our situation around and ensure we properly protect vulnerable children.

This is a challenge you’re unlikely to face anywhere else in the UK. Joining the passionate and expert social workers who are already here, you’ll work with different legislation and different challenges. We’re a small island and you’ll be part of the communities you work with. But because of the close community, you’ll sometimes have to transfer children off the island to safeguard them.

All this amounts to creative, bespoke, case-by-case social work, where the solutions will be every bit as unique as the problems. And while these cases will be just as complex as anywhere else, there’ll be far fewer of them, so you’ll have the time to give each child the thought and action they deserve.

Make no mistake, this is a long-term endeavour needing long-term commitment. When we say this is the biggest thing any of us have ever done, we mean it. Join a proud, determined team that is already making headway and be part of the change.

Advanced Social Worker

One of the most exciting new developments in our social work career pathway in Jersey has been the creation of new Advanced Social Worker roles.

Working in a team of social workers with an experienced Practice Manager and Team Manager, the post will carry a caseload of complex and challenging cases, using their social work expertise and a clear child focus to secure the best possible outcomes for our most vulnerable children.

With this new opportunity of Advanced Social Workers working across Jersey Children’s Social Care, we aim to develop the quality of the service we provide. This role will deliver coaching, mentoring and support to Newly Qualified (NQSWs) and experienced Social Workers, providing guidance, support, and best practice. Each post will focus on a particular area of expertise (for example: Domestic Abuse, Neglect, CSE). Bespoke training will be available for each area of expertise, so that our Advance Social Workers have the level of skills and knowledge required to champion in each area and be available to all staff for consultation. This is an excellent opportunity to progress your children and families social work career with Jersey Children’s Social Care.

Practice Manager

A further exciting new development in our social work career pathway in Jersey has been the creation of new Practice Manager Posts.

The role will provide assistance to the Team Manager as required, in all aspects of the team's work including the allocation of work; maintaining, developing, and encouraging high professional practice standards; and supporting the supervision and development of individual staff.

Practice Managers will help lead a team of Social Work qualified staff, and under the direction of the Team Manager, to ensure the operational delivery of Children's Social Care is in accordance with Jersey Children’s Law 2002, Children’s Social Care Procedures and delivers best outcomes for children. Enabling and challenging others to develop their knowledge base and skills, and make evidence-based judgements, including improved independent decision-making regarding risk.

They will be responsible, alongside the Team Manager for managing the team including the individual performance management and professional development of staff. This will include establishing regular individual and group supervision arrangements and setting and monitoring developmental targets and objectives whilst balancing this with the development of staff skills and ongoing training and development needs.

Practice Managers will model and use critical reflective skills in management, practice, or organisational supervision settings to enhance best practice. Support others to maintain professional and personal boundaries and enhance the skilled use of self in more complex situations. Leading and developing a working environment that promotes a learning culture and active practice development within the workplace.

  • Social Workers
    £49,801 - £54,878

    Let’s Be Ambitious

    IT’S ONLY FOR YOU IF .....

    You’re ambitious and can work under your own initiative and with others. You can take advantage of the different ways of working in Jersey. You’re resilient enough to live and work in an Island community, you could be one of our new Social Workers.

    We’re looking for high-quality Social Workers who love working in strengths-based ways that promote the rights of each child.

    You’ll need great wells of compassion, endless versatility and deep understanding of safeguarding, meeting need, legislation and beyond.

    If you’re looking for the opportunity of a lifetime and want to be part of the journey in Jersey to put children and young people first, apply here:

    We are investing. We are ambitious. We are growing.

    Roles available in;

    Assessment & Support Team

    Family Safeguarding Service

    Complex Needs Team

    Children In Care Team

    Fostering Team


    We’re daring to think differently.
     

    The island of Jersey is undeniably beautiful. It’s a great place in which to define your career potential, find the perfect work/life balance, raise a family, and make a good life for yourself. It’s also a place where not enough was done to protect vulnerable children, with the result that hundreds of children were neglected, abused and overlooked over a 75-year period. It’s a dreadful statistic, and one that we’re committed to correcting – right now, with no excuses. Quite simply, our social work team are taking on the biggest challenge of their lives – and we’d like you to be at the heart of this bold initiative.

    We have put the resources and measures in place to ensure Jersey’s failings are addressed and we have a highly-skilled social work team in place to make the most of this important moment in time. Now we need to swell our numbers, so we are seeking proactive, compassionate Social Workers to lead the charge. People like you, who will take on a manageable caseload, and use their initiative to make a tangible difference to people’s lives.

    Living alongside the communities that you are supporting, you will conduct comprehensive assessments and devise care and protection plans to support children and their families. You might need to make some difficult decisions regarding safeguarding issues, but with the full backing of the team and access to multi-agency partners who share your ambitions, those decisions will save and enhance lives. With exceptional communication skills and post-qualification experience or as a newly-qualified Social Worker, you will find the right level of support and responsibility to match your level of knowledge.

    We’re committed to seeing this change through. It won’t happen overnight, but we have an achievable long-term goal in which our Social Workers will have the time and facilities they need to transform the wellbeing of every child who comes to our attention. Against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful islands – and the sense of community that comes with island living – this is your chance to take your career to the next level.

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  • Advanced Social Worker
    £54,878 - £61,132

    IT’S ONLY FOR YOU IF .....

    You’re highly experienced. You love working in a strengths-based way that promotes the rights of the child. 

    You want to be part of a journey to put children and young people first on the stunning Island of Jersey and you’re resilient enough to live and work in an Island community, you could be one of our new Advanced Social Workers.

    We’re looking for Advanced Social Workers, who can use their expertise, judgement and confidence to innovate and lead on improving and strengthening practice, procedure and policy. If that’s you, and you can use your extensive knowledge and high standards of practice to be influential in improving outcomes for our children, young people and their families, we’d love to hear from you.

    If you’re looking for the opportunity of a lifetime and want to be part of the journey in Jersey to Put Children First, apply here:

    We are investing. We are ambitious. We are growing.

    Roles available in;

    Family Safeguarding Service

    Fostering Team

    Children In Care Team

  • Practice Managers
    £54,878 - £61,132

    Let’s be honest
    ‘Average’ is not enough – exceptional is where we’re heading.

    We need to be clear from the outset. On the island of Jersey, we haven’t done enough to protect vulnerable children in the past. - That’s not an easy thing to face up to. Every child deserves a bright future, and we are making sure that ambition becomes a reality. With a bold plan to shake up how things have previously been done, we’re looking for a number of innovative professionals to join our visionary social work team.

    This is the type of challenge that you simply won’t find elsewhere. As a Senior Practitioner, you will line-manage and support your social work colleagues to ensure they’re delivering exceptional assessment and protection services. You’ll take responsibility for a small caseload of complex cases too, making difficult risk and safeguarding assessments and working with multi-agency contacts to keep children safe. In the process, you will transform lives on an unimaginable scale.

    While the challenges that we face may well be similar to what you’ve previously experienced in your career, you’ll have the bonus of a manageable workload and plenty of resources – meaning you can give families and children the support they truly need. Against the backdrop of a stunning island existence where the quality of living is exceptional and your work/life balance is guaranteed, this is an opportunity to shape a brilliant future for yourself and for Jersey’s most vulnerable residents.

    We know that change won’t happen overnight, but we are committed to ensuring that our plans ultimately bring about a better existence for Jersey’s children. If you’re a registered professional with post-qualification experience in social work and experience in a specialist area, then you may well be the perfect addition to our team. All you need is plenty of resilience, exceptional communication skills and a determination to be part of this important change.

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  • Team Manager - Children In Care Team
    £61,132 – £67,189

    Let’s be honest
    We’re not afraid of change.

    We need to be straight with you. On the island of Jersey, we haven’t done enough to protect vulnerable children. Over 75 years, hundreds of vulnerable children have been exposed to abuse and neglect. It’s a shocking statistic, but it’s now the past, and we’ve learnt from our very real mistakes. Today we’re looking for dynamic and motivational Team Managers to help us bring about lasting change – and you could be at the forefront of this much-needed social care movement.

    As a qualified social worker, this is your opportunity to do something unique with your career. We’ve got an exceptional social work team already in place, but we need to swell their numbers and bring in visionary leaders who will make the most of the resources that have been put in place to transform children’s life outcomes.

    Overseeing the day-to-day activities of a team of Social Workers, Senior Practitioners and administrators, you will be the guiding hand ensuring they are achieving their goals and that vulnerable children are receiving the best care and support both now and in the future. As such, you will identify changing needs and predict future demands on the service, putting measures in place to plan services accordingly. Forming and implementing policies, you will monitor staff performance and ensure budgets are available to achieve your long-term plans.

    Jersey offers a challenge like no other. You will be working with a different legislation and different challenges, but you’ll find that the team have more manageable caseloads that on the mainland – allowing them to give the time and resources they need to make a tangible difference to the island’s children. You will therefore need exceptional communication and stakeholder management skills and considerable post-qualification social work experience. You’ll also need specialist area expertise and you will either have or be willing to complete a management qualification. 

    Whether you are considering the role for the camaraderie that comes with island life, or because our schools outperform the UK’s mainland schools at every key stage, Jersey offers a unique proposition. Against the backdrop of a truly beautiful location and with an exceptional work/life balance, this is a career-defining, life-enhancing opportunity. 

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