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Advanced Practitioner - Practice Development

Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 


Appointment Type:Permanent 

Location:County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire, LE3 8RF 


Closing date:22 April 2021 at midnight 

  • The Advanced Practitioner will be responsible (with others) to develop and deliver a coherent model of support and challenge in relation to practice development. Working as part of a small team, the post holder will work alongside practitioners to support the delivery of consistently high-quality practice.
  • Through training, coaching and modelling, the post holder will help to further embed the departmental practice framework underpinned by the Signs of Safety methodology to support the delivery of excellent practice.
  • The post holder will work closely with practitioners within CFWS, and elsewhere in CFS, and will spend time working alongside those practitioners on case work, such as developing words and pictures, managing network meetings, and developing robust safety plans.
  • The post holder will use a range of approaches and evidence to inform managers how they can best support the learning and development of their staff teams.
  • Working with others, the post holder will disseminate national and local learning (including from national reviews, serious case reviews, appreciative inquiries) across the workforce.

  • Level 4 qualification or above in a relevant subject, e.g. /NVQ4 childcare, youth justice, social work qualification, teaching qualification, child nursing qualification.
  • Significant and demonstrable and relevant knowledge and experience as described below, including significant experience of managing and developing staff within children and family services in a multi-agency environment.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development including management/supervisory skills/leadership of practice development.
  • Proven experience in children’s services, with substantial breadth of practice and depth of experience across a range of areas in children’s services, including case management.
  • Demonstrable skilled application of knowledge and understanding of the Signs of Safety methodology. Able to describe how practical application of the tools and disciplines were used to affect change.
  • Evidence of coaching / mentoring workers to develop their practice competence and confidence.
  • Experience of successfully challenging inadequate practice or poor behaviour to achieve positive change.
  • A working knowledge of Signs of Safety and its applications across the continuum of need
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Safeguarding Competency Framework
  • Knowledge of a range of theoretical models and frameworks which underpin Early Help practice.
  • Knowledge and understanding of how different bodies of professional knowledge can be integrated in practice to drive up quality
  • Knowledge and understanding of the demands associated with complex/’stuck’ casework.
  • Ability to build strong and productive relationships with a wide range of colleagues to create trust and build a culture of support and challenge.
  • Strong practice skills in the Signs of Safety methodology with the ability to engage effectively with children and families.
  • Responsive and flexible approach – solution focused skills.
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to improve practice depth and quality.
  • High level of personal drive and integrity with strong professional credibility and comfortable in a visible leadership role.
  • Bold presentation skills with the ability to adapt materials for the audience.
Interview's will take place : Monday 10th May
This post is the subject of an Enhanced DBS check.
Please see the Job Description / Person Specification which are attached further down on this page
For informal enquires please contact Katie Herbert Tel: 07876 582307 Email:  
We particularly welcome applicants from black, minority, ethnic (BME) communities, disabled people and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities, as they are currently under represented within our workforce.
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