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Senior Social Worker - First Response Team - Merton - £40,086

Senior Social Worker - First Response Team - Merton - £40,086 £42,876pa

We are excited to announce that there is a vacancy for a Senior Social Worker in the First Response team in Merton! This is an exciting opportunity to work in an exciting, motivated and experienced team.

Salaries range from £40,086 £42,876pa


  • £1,500 “Golden Hello”

  • 26 days annual leave, rising to 31 days with five years continuous local government service

  • If you use a car for work, a £963 per annum

About the role:

  • Manage a Children & Families caseload involving the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of appropriate action, to ensure that appropriate resources are deployed to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and their families

  • Work in partnership with other agencies (health, education, police, voluntary sector etc.) to ensure individuals and families receive a coordinated response and appropriate services in proportion to their assessed need

  • Employ a variety of evidence-based social work skills and methods in order to achieve specific objectives as agreed with service users and the Team Manager/ Assistant Team Manager

Develop and maintain relationships with other operational Social Work Teams and colleagues in the council and external partners including:

  • Education Department

  • Housing Department

  • Education Welfare

  • Health

  • Police

A Senior Social Worker in Merton will be expected:

  • To model the Senior Social Work role and set standards and expectations for others

  • Take responsibility for supervising less experienced staff and social work students or managing non-Social Work staff (e.g.

    Family Support Workers)

  • Act as or be working towards being a Practice Educator (Stage 2) to social work students (in accordance with Practice Educators Professional Standards, PEPS)

  • To assess and manage the work of Social Work Students and NQSWs on their ASYE

  • Act as a mentor to lower level Social Workers.

  • Autonomous practice in key areas of their duties.

    Senior Social Worker's will be working under their own imitative and make case decisions, although communicating these decisions to their manager and recording them appropriately.

  • Model critical reflection, critically reflective practice and evidence informed decision making

  • Senior Social Workers will communicate skilfully and confidently in complex and/or high risk situations; and help others to develop their communication skills


  • Have post-qualified experience

  • Be eligible to work in the U.K.

  • HCPC registered and have a DBS

If you are interested, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Call Ed Christmas on 0207 046 6218 or email on