Advanced Social Worker - Discharge Team

  • Employer: Halton Borough Council
  • Salary: £40,221 - £43.421 pay award pending
  • Location: Halton
  • Contract: Contract
  • Working Pattern: Full Time/Flexible Hours
  • Hours: 37 hours per week.
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Closing Date: 16/06/2024 at 23:59
  • Reference: CHI/24/282829

Fixed Term - 12 months

We are interested in hearing from experienced Social Workers who would like to join Halton within our new discharge team.

The team will be responsible for reviewing, assessing and tracking those children who’s permanency plans are to be discharged from care either back to their birth families or carers. This includes progressing plans of discharge of care orders of placement with parents or Special Guardianship Orders.

The Social Workers will work alongside other social care professionals, court progression officer and multi agency partners to gather information and complete high quality assessments and court work to progress children’s plans.

This role falls within the advanced Practitioner bracket and therefore the candidate will need to evidence experience in court work, children in care legislation, statutory responsibilities as well as a wide range of skills demonstrating extensive knowledge within this area.

Do you have a passion to make a difference to the lives of children?

Are you looking for somewhere where you can make as much of a difference to the life chances of children and young people as possible?

A place where you are always looking forward? Where there’s a big focus on continuous learning and career progression?

We have a strong vision for social work practice in Halton and we are currently embedding a relationship-based practice model that has systemic practice at its core. We’re on a journey for excellence and we’ve made it our mission to ensure that children and young people get the best service from us, so they are able to thrive and achieve.

We offer an extensive benefits package as well as an attractive financial package with a range of other benefits, including a generous leave allowance (up to 34 days), a flexible working week, free parking, car allowance, health and wellbeing initiatives and discount scheme.  We are within easy commutable distance of Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside regions. We also cover the cost of your Social Work England registration fee for a two-year period (2023 - 2025 registration year).

Halton is a thriving and vibrant Borough where people can learn and develop their skills; enjoy a good quality of life with good health; a high quality, modern urban environment; the opportunity for all to fulfil their potential; greater wealth and quality, sustained by a thriving business community; and safer, stronger and more attractive neighbourhoods. 

Full Social Work Qualification is required. In addition, this post is subject to Enhanced DBS Disclosure and Social Work England Registration.

Please note that Halton Borough Council is unable to offer or support any form of UK VISA sponsorship

For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Lyndsey Ratcliffe (Principal Manager Children in Care and Care Leavers) on 0151 511 8594. Alternatively you can email 


At Halton Borough Council we want to ensure that our communities are represented across our workforce and a vital part of this is to encourage diversity in all respects. We are committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and tailored to best suit the needs and strength of the individual. This includes making adjustments for people with a disability, neurodiversity or with long-term health conditions. If you require accommodations, please reach out during the recruitment process so that we can make this the best possible experience for you –

How to apply

Please apply online via the link provided.

Please note, we do not accept CVs. Please fully complete the on-line application form.


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