Local authority: Oldham Council
Contract type: Secondment
Salary: £40,221.00 – £44,428.00 (Grade 8)
Application deadline: 23 February 2024
Interview: Interviews w/c 4 March  TBC date

What is a Deputy Consultant Social Worker?

The Deputy Consultant Social Worker (CSW) role is pivotal to the participants’ first year on the programme. Each Deputy CSW supports a hub of five participants who are undertaking their Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work.

The Deputy CSW supports the participants’ line manager (the CSW) in developing the participants’ social work practice, offering co-working and shadowing opportunities and deputising for the CSW during any periods of absence.

The role is an excellent development opportunity for social workers who have aspirations of being managers or practice educators in the future.

What will I get from the role?

The Deputy Consultant Social Worker position offers the opportunity to:

• Gain experience in management and teaching; the role is a fantastic opportunity for those looking to progress into management roles.
• Access to a high-quality systemic training programme, including teaching on different practice models.
• Demonstrate through a portfolio of work that you meet the Practice Educator Professional Standards (Stage 1).
• Gain evidence for CPD.
• Influence and shape practice, and practice education, across your local authority (for example, by co-working cases with students).

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.

How to apply:

1. To apply follow this link and complete the online form
2. Anonymous scoring: the panel, which includes a representative from Frontline and the local authority, will anonymously score the applications.
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 DCSW role within the local authority and who wants to find out more about the role, and how to apply.

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

Anyone interested in the roles can sign up for any of the following briefings at this link, where they can choose a sign up slot: