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Senior Social Worker -Violence, Vulnerability and Exploitation

Ref: 23731

Location: Harrow Council

Directorate: People Services

Contract Type: Permanent

Working Hours: 36 hours

Closing Date: 20/12/2020

Interview Dates: TBC

Salary Range: £32,100 - £42,429


This is an exciting opportunity to work with young people who are vulnerable to violence and exploitation in Harrow. You will be a member of a team dedicated to working with young people to understand their vulnerabilities, lived experience and factors that increase the risks to their safety and wellbeing.  This includes young people who go missing, are being or at risk of sexual and or criminal exploitation, are affiliated with gangs or anti-social behaviour

You will be required to carry out skilled direct work and interventions with our young people and their families to reduce risks and harm, develop trusted relationships and positive engagement that will support and encourage young people in achieving their full potential and improve their life chances.

Your role is key in safeguarding young people and their families as part of Harrow’s developing Contextual Safeguarding Approach.  You will therefore be required to demonstrate creativity, resilience and be adaptable in your approach to meeting the needs of our young people.  

Harrow have been rated good by Ofsted and have recently participated in an external Adolescent Safeguarding Peer Review. This review again confirmed that social workers know their children well, demonstrate effective work with parents, and that quality of management oversight and quality assurance is very good. Social workers are well supported by leaders through systemic 1 to 1 and group supervision.

About us

Harrow Council is the 12th largest London borough by and one of the most culturally diverse local authorities in the UK, making it a great place to live, work and visit. Located 10 miles from the city centre and just 13 minutes to Euston from Harrow & Wealdstone station there are great transport links via the Metropolitan Line, Watford DC Line and national rail service. It is easily accessible to the M1, M25 and A406.

About you

We will always want to do more and achieve better for our young people, such is our aspiration. We therefore seek applications from committed professional and dynamic practitioners who have experience in the following: 

  • Experience of managing a complex caseload and delivering intensive outreach intervention with young people at high risk of becoming involved in group related offending, serious youth violence including gangs and child criminal exploitation, child sexual exploitation; and/or who are missing, vulnerable and exploited
  • Experience of working with children and young people (and their families) who have complex needs and who may be “hard to reach”.
  • Experience of safeguarding vulnerable children and young people, working in partnership with other key agencies to share intelligence, carry out skilled interventions, make recommendations and care planning.
  • Be able to work with complexities in responding to the changing need of communities and have a good working knowledge of the contextual safeguarding approach
  • Experience of co-ordinating and delivering support through good quality child in need plans child protection and court work all effectively formulated to meet individual children’s needs
  • You will care about children and will consistently ensure that their voice is represented throughout your work
  • Working knowledge of all statutory duties and responsibilities relating to children and families, including:
  1. Legislative Framework
  2. Statutory Guidance and Standards
  3. Government Objectives and Initiatives

The following also applies for all applicants:

  • Have a Social Work qualification i.e. CQSW, DipSW or equivalent.
  • Be registered with the Social Work England as a Social Worker.

For additional information please refer to the Role Profile/ Selection Criteria.

Our values

We have a set of values, which our employees have chosen, that represent what we are:

  • Be courageous
    • We are ambitious about what's possible, challenging the status quo and ready to step up and accept a challenge.  
    • We make brave decisions to achieve success, delivering on our promises and inspiring others to 'Think Big'.
  • Do it together
    • We build strong, effective relationships across the organisation, sharing our knowledge and breaking down silos.
    • We listen to others opinions to inform decision making and seek opportunities to drive collaboration with those that share our outcome.
    • We value diversity and always treat others with empathy and respect.
  • Make it happen
    • We are outcomes focused, setting clear objectives within a framework and articulating what success looks like.  
    • We are decisive, agile and quick to act.  We know what to do and have the conviction to do it.  
    • We break down barriers and enable others to be more effective.

Other information

  • Support for candidates visit:
  • Our behavioural indicators roles below G11and above G11
  • Here at Harrow Council, the vision is one of 'Working together to make a difference for Harrow'.

Important Note

Diverse teams really are the best teams. We know that candidates (especially women, research tells us) may be put off applying for a job unless they can tick every box. We also know that ‘normal’ office hours aren’t always doable, and while we can’t accommodate every flexible working request, we are happy to be asked. So, if you are excited about working with us and think you can do much of what we are looking for but aren’t sure if you are 100% there yet… why not give it a whirl? Please note that sometimes we may close a job earlier for applications if we are inundated with amazing candidates... Good luck!


We particularly welcome female applicants, individuals under 25 years of age, those from the BAME community, LGBT applicants and disabled applicants, as they are under-represented within Harrow Council at this level. Appointment will always, however be made on merit.

Role Profile/Selection Criteria

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