Work Opportunities in the UK for qualified, experienced
Children's Social Workers in the London Borough of Ealing -
We currently have approximately 10 vacancies for qualified,
experienced children's social workers who would like to work
in the UK.
The main vacancies are in:
. Referral and Assessment (Investigation) Teams and Children
in Need (Risk assessment and family intervention/support)
. Hospital Social Work (Child Protection and Investigation work)
. Looked After (fostered) Children's Team
What we are looking for:
There have been a number of national issues that have resulted
in a significant shortage of qualified social workers at the
present time in the UK. Longer term strategies are in place
to address this issue but over the next 1 - 3 years this shortage
is likely to continue. As a result this authority has a number
of vacancies, particularly in the Referral and Assessment, Children
in Need and Looked After (Fostered) Children's Teams. Qualified
social workers from abroad often find London an exciting place
to work and build very useful career experience. This has included
workers from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, US, India and South
Africa over the past few years.
Following our successful visit to India last year when we recruited
9 social workers from Nirmala Niketan, TISS, and Karve Institute
of Social Science, we are visiting again for further recruitment.
Having done this before we have all learned a great deal and
should be able to make your transition as smooth as possible,
as well as put you in contact with some Indian colleagues who
have already joined us.
We have also successfully recruited 15 social workers from Boston
over the past two years. This has been a very positive experience
for the workers and for this Authority. We would like
to build on the links that now exist between Mumbai and Ealing
and offer this opportunity to a wider potential audience.
Ealing's Children's Social Services:
We undertake a range of legal duties primarily set out in the
Children Act 1989 and the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000.
Our priority work areas are:
. Investigation and assessment of child protection referrals
and children in need
. Family support and brief therapy interventions to support
families and re-integrate them, returning children home where
it is safe to do so or identifying permanent alternatives where
it is not
. Assuming parental responsibilities for children whom it is
either not safe or their parents are unable to care for them
(the Corporate Parent role)
. Providing a fostering and adoption service
. Providing social work to looked after (fostered) children
. Providing an assessment and support service for children with
disabilities and their carers
. Providing a range of supports eg education, health, leisure,
careers, drama, music to ensure children in the care system
receive the opportunities to succeed that a good parent would
. Providing an extensive multi-agency support service for young
people aged 16 - 21 (or 23 if in full time education) who are
termed care leavers, to enable them to become successful, independent
young adults eg accommodation, careers, health, mental health,
drug and alcohol advice etc.
Structure of Ealing Children's Services:
We have 2 main geographical offices that each cover half the
borough - one is in Acton and the other is in Greenford. The
public can contact the offices direct for assistance or other
agencies such as health visitors, doctors, schools, police,
probation also make referrals direct to the appropriate geographical
office. The Team structure at the offices is as
. Referral and Assessment Team (Investigation)
. Children in Need Team (Risk assessment and family intervention/support)
. Looked After Children Team (Children in foster and residential
. Hospital Social Work Team (Child protection work, ER work,
In addition there is a single borough wide Leaving Care Team
(age 16-21) and Children with Disability Specialist Team.
The authority also has a centrally based Fostering and Adoption
Team that recruits and supports short term and permanent substitute
families, 3 Children's Homes and a Drop In Support Centre for
children in care and Care Leavers.
A Job Description and the Person Specification - which
sets out the requirements for the job - are available on request
or when we arrive. For successful candidates we will try and
meet your preference for an individual team, but will need to
place recruits in areas with vacancies available at the time
you join us.
What we can offer you:
. An exciting opportunity to work and live in London and gain
invaluable career and life experience
. Competitive salary starting at a minimum of £26,403 (£ Sterling)
inclusive of London Weighting, rising to £31,563 (£ Sterling)
inclusive of London Weighting. Starting point on the payscale
is dependent on number of years post-MSW qualification and we
would expect new MSW graduates to start at the lower end and
progress on an annual basis through the scales. There are also
opportunities for career progression to senior practitioner
posts and management posts, linked to experience and competitive
. A free flight to the UK to take up the position
. For this grade of post annual leave starts at 24 days per
year, plus 7 additional statutory days and a further 2 additional
days at Christmas, making a starting total of 33 days per year.
. Short term (one year), medium term (two years) opportunities
with an opportunity of a permanent contract for those who wish
to make a long-term commitment
. Assistance with processing work permits and visa's
. Free NHS Healthcare
. Assistance with finding accommodation on arrival
. Friendly and supportive work colleagues
. Equal access for all staff to an extensive child care specialist
multi-agency training programme and induction training
. Key link workers to make your transition and adjustment as
smooth as possible
. A comprehensive induction programme
. For those who take up the two year opportunity - a free flight
back to India once a year is available.
What you need to be able to offer us:
. A minimum commitment of two years, or one year if circumstances
can't allow 2
. A recognised children's social work qualification eg MSW
. A minimum of 2 years experience of working in the field of
childcare investigation / assessment / child protection / family
intervention and support
. 2 good references - 1 must be from your current or last employer
. You need to be aged between 21 - 65
. An up to date Resume
. A completed Application Form (to be supplied by us)
. Clear Police and Criminal Record
. Medical clearance
. Registration with the UK General Social Care Council (GSCC
- which we will assist with)
. Commitment and flexibility
. A willingness to work hard with a challenging but very rewarding
. A strong customer focus in your work practice and commitment
to help children and families succeed and achieve their full
Ealing is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes
applications from people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds
and those with disabilities, who are currently under represented
in the work force.
If the answer is yes - then please make contact as soon as possible
to get further details and progress.
How to contact us in India:
We will be available for discussion, informal meetings and for
formal interviews for 10 days in Mumbai between Monday 21st
February Tuesday 1st March 2005.
Between Monday 21st February Tuesday 1st March 2005.
Ghazala Sheikh can be contacted at:
Hotel Holiday Inn
Balraj Sahani Marg
We will also be visiting TISS and Nirmala Niketan college during
our stay to do presentations, tests and interviews.
Contact in the UK:
Tel 0208825 8815
Whilst we are interested in recruiting straight away to fill
immediate opportunities, we are also interested in keeping CVs
and details of potential future applicants, so if you think
you may be interested in the future, please also make contact.
Who we are:
Ghazala Sheikh is a Senior Manager(Operations Manager, Children's
placements) in Ealing Social Services Department.
Sandya Dutta Team manager Referral and assessment team
Sonali Karve- Social worker adoption team. Graduate from Karve
London is divided into 32 London Boroughs. Each borough is responsible
for providing its own Social Services, Education and public
Ealing is a densely populated borough of approximately 300,000
people. It is the 4th largest and has the 3rd largest black
and minority ethnic population. Around 50% of children in Ealing
are from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. The largest
proportion are from the Indian/Asian communities, with a significant
African, Caribbean population. Based near Heathrow Airport,
Ealing is also recipient of significant asylum seeking and refugee
communities. There is a growing Somali population and Kosovan
and other east European populations. Over 100 different community
languages are spoken in Ealing.
All this contributes to a diverse, young population and a lively
multi-cultural community reflected in schools, businesses, shops
and restaurants across the authority.
Situated in west London, near to Heathrow Airport, Ealing has
excellent transport links, both into central London by Tube
and good motorway links to places like Oxford, Manchester, Liverpool
and the Lake District.
London is also an excellent base to explore Europe either by
rail with Eurostar or for budget long weekends from 1 of the
4 London based airports.