Local authority: Oldham Council

Contract type: Secondment

Salary:   £44,428.00 – £48,474.00 (Grade 9)

Application deadline:  5 April 2024

Interview: Interviews w/c 15 April  TBC date

What is a Consultant Social Worker?  

The Consultant Social Worker (CSW) role is pivotal to the participants’ first year on the programme.

Each CSW is responsible for five participants who are undertaking their Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work. CSWs work with participants using a practice hub model approach – a systemic practice model for working with families, with cases managed through weekly hub meetings.

These meetings provide a dynamic learning environment and a reflective space to think systemically about the cases in the hub.

The role offers those who wish to remain in practice the opportunity to do so alongside the chance to take on supervisory and management responsibility for a small team.

For more information about the exact responsibilities of a Consultant Social Worker, please download the CSW job pack

What will I get from the role?

The Consultant Social Worker position offers the opportunity to:

  • Step up to a management-level role without leaving practice.
  • Access to a high-quality systemic training programme.
  • Demonstrate through a portfolio of work that you meet the Practice Educator Professional Standards (Stage 2).
  • Receive support and mentoring from one of Frontline’s practice tutors.
  • Influence and shape practice, and practice education, across your local authority.

How to apply:  

  1. Complete an application form by following this link
  2. Anonymous scoring: the panel, which includes a representative from Frontline and the local authority, will anonymously score the applications. These scores will be carried forward and considered in the overall hiring decision, should you be progressed to the next stage.
  3. Attend an interview: if shortlisted, you will be asked to complete a role-play and interview.

We are delivering a series of standalone CSW briefings, for anyone who may be interested in the CSW or DCSW roles within the local authority and who want to find out more about the roles, and how to apply.

The briefings last for approx. 45 minutes, and there will be an opportunity to ask any questions.

Anyone interested in the roles can choose a slot to sign up for, by following briefings at this link

Date Time
Tuesday, February 6, 2024 12noon
Thursday, February 22, 2024 10am
Wednesday, March 6, 2024 2pm
Friday, March 22, 2024 11am
Tuesday, April 2, 2024 1:30pm
Monday, April 15, 2024 10am
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 12noon

If you have any questions about the application process or the role, please contact Stephanie Dixon, Principal Social Worker, Oldham Social Work Academy.

Also, if you are interested in maintaining your current role within a service area and would like to assist as a Deputy Consultant Social Worker (DCSW), please do also speak with Lindsay about this opportunity.

We look forward to receiving your interest.

Email: Children’s Social Work Academy (CSWA) CSWA@Oldham.gov.uk

What is Frontline?

Frontline is England’s largest social work charity. Everything we do aims to make life better for children who need a social worker, to help keep them safe from harm and to give them every possible chance to fulfil their potential. We do this through developing excellent social work practice, leadership and innovation.

One of the ways we make this happen is by recruiting and teaching a new, diverse generation of social workers specialising in child protection to join our Frontline programme. The programme is a three-year social work training programme for graduates and career changers.