We are looking for an Administrator to join our Children's Social Care team on a 37 hours per week, 12 month fixed term basis.
You don’t have to be a Social Worker to make a difference. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes to support our mainstream staff in Children’s Social Care. That’s why we are looking for an administrator to join us.
You’ll work as part of a small and dedicated business support team within Children’s Social Care, supporting Social Work colleagues who work with vulnerable children and young people in care, their parents, and carers in Somerset.
So why come and work with us? This is what some of our current business support colleagues had to say about their role;
“I thoroughly enjoy working with the amazing colleagues our team is always supportive of each other, and nothing is ever too much trouble when you need help.”
“If you want a rewarding administrative job look no further! You can really feel and see the difference you make each day assisting out social workers and facilitating the support they offer to our clients. No two working days are the same, there is so much variety.”
In line with Somerset County Council’s policies on home working, our team have implemented a successful hybrid working pattern and enjoy a mixture of home and office working.
Here's what you can expect to be doing
You will really be helping to improve the outcomes for vulnerable children and their families in Somerset by providing the admin support that allows the social workers in our Assessment and Safeguarding Teams to work directly with families.
The nature of the work is sensitive and highly confidential.
The work is varied and always busy, and we undertake a variety of tasks including;
• Database monitoring and updating
• Taking telephone calls
• Monitoring and responding to email requests
• Arranging transport
• Sending out letters and reports
• Arranging and minuting meetings
• Liaising with professionals from other agencies
Your dedicated line manager and team colleagues will support you with a comprehensive training and induction programme.
There are lots of opportunities for development and career progression within our Children’s Services Business Support teams. All of our current Business Support Officers and Business Support Managers joined us as Business Support Assistants. We also have many former Business Support colleagues who have been inspired to take an operational career path into Social Care and have been supported by us to do this.
It’s really important that you are passionate about helping to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people living in Somerset.
You’ll need to be a real team player with a ‘can do’ attitude, willing to learn new skills in a reactive and rewarding admin role.
As long as you have the aptitude to learn and develop your admin skills, and are familiar with Microsoft Office software, we’ll give you the tools and knowledge to do the job! We can also offer further training and development opportunities as part of the SCC Apprenticeship Programme. This training can be undertaken alongside your admin role,
The salary for this role is Grade 14, ranging from £19,264 to £20,043 per annum
Our working hours are Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 5.00pm and Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.
For an informal discussion or further information regarding this vacancy, please contact Rob James, Business Support Officer, on RJames@somerset.gov.uk (01823 358228).
We recommend applying as soon as possible. Depending on the level of response, we anticipate conducting interviews ahead of the closing date.
We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:
• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a car or bicycle for work
• Staff benefit scheme offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits, holidays, gym membership and more.
This job requires a criminal background check (DBS) via the disclosure procedure.