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Senior Social Work Practitioner

Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 

Salary:£35,727-£39,405 + £2,250 market premium 

Appointment Type:Permanent 

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


Closing date:31 May 2020 at midnight 

We have vacancies in the following teams/service areas:
First Response Children’s Duty (County Hall Glenfield)– 1 x Full Time post in Assessment Team
Out of Hours Service (Wigston Police Station) – 1 x Full Time post
Locality Team North (Coalville/Loughborough) – 1 X Full Time post (Loughborough)
Locality South (Wigston/Hinckley) – 3 X Full Time posts & 1 X Part Time in Wigston and 2 x Full Time in Hinckley

If you are interested in the post read on………
About Us:
At Leicestershire County Council we are committed to doing our very best for vulnerable children and families; working to make a positive impact on their lives so they can achieve their potential and flourish. 

We are now looking for new staff as we are in the process of expanding our service areas following a successful ’growth bid’. This additional funding will help us to deliver on our commitment to reduce workloads across Leicestershire improving the work/life balance of our staff. This is an exciting time in Leicestershire! If you are interested in joining a strong and ambitious team and see yourself as a high calibre Senior Social Work Practitioner read on!
We want all our staff to be inspired to go the extra mile. We are doing our best to create the sort of culture where practice excellence can flourish. We want to learn from what works, as much, if not more, than from when things go badly – we are ambitious to create a true ‘learning organisation. So…
  • Every year we run three annual conferences for staff to motivate and encourage them to be the best they can be.
  • Our ‘bottom line’ is that every month each team sets aside time for team learning.
  • Each month team managers attend a ‘learning set’ that is then feedback into the team and as a Senior Practitioner you will be part of that learning feedback.
  • We are introducing reflective supervision and growing group supervision skills and as Senior Practitioner you are key in this role in running weekly POD meetings in your ‘POD’ which is made up of SWs and in localities non-qualified SW staff.  
  • Twice a year our senior leaders take a week out spending time with social workers observing practice and talking to young people and parents and carers about their experience of services.
  • We have given all SWE (Social Work England) registered workers three extra CPD days.
  • Our training offer to social workers is refreshed each year (and is highly valued by our staff).
  • We have a team dedicated to supporting practice excellence who work alongside practitioners offering training and coaching and mentoring to build practitioner confidence
  • We have an explicit practice framework providing a strong foundation for our work with families – setting out the way we ‘do business in Leicestershire’ and making our values and principles absolutely clear.
  • We have embedded the Signs of Safety approach across Social Care and our early help teams and all our teams are trained in this methodology. The approach is now used sub-regionally and there is a strong support network in place in the area.  
  • Our Practice Development Group was established to develop the idea of ‘distributed leadership’ helping staff to collaborate on aspects of practice development.
If Leicestershire sounds like an interesting place to work - take a look at our current vacancies.
We take a whole service approach and have exciting opportunities to join our group of team managers in various locations. In all service areas you are expected to work closely with colleagues across team and agency boundaries to ensure that families get the most appropriate level of support.  At all stages of intervention, you are expected to remain focused on what difference you are making. Signs of Safety is the expected practice methodology.

Staff workloads are manageable, and these continue to improve. Managers and staff all have regular monthly supervision. You will be responsible for supporting the Team Manager to provide leadership and management oversight to your team of social workers.  You will work with complex families and ensure that interventions are timely and consistently good quality. Senior practitioners have a reduced caseload in order to fulfil their leadership role and support non-SW qualified staff, ASYEs and SWs in leading POD meetings and the general running of that team. 
Specific Roles:
First Response service (based centrally at County Hall).

You will be joining a strong service which has benefited from investment and a comprehensive review pf process. Senior Social Work Practitioners work across our screening and assessment groups with small staff teams of up to six. We have recently been granted funding for an extra team enabling us to achieve timely assessments and manageable workloads.   You will assist the Team Manager who work to ensure that incoming work is carefully considered and decision making robust and child focused. The Service Manager focuses on quality, standards and performance.
Out of Hours Service (based at Wigston Police Station)
Working within the Leicestershire Safeguarding Hub alongside the police, you will be part of a team responding to safeguarding needs outside of normal business hours.  The service operates from 5pm – 8.30am Monday to Friday and covers the weekends/bank holidays.  Between 11pm and 7am you will be paid to work an ‘on call’ service, which means you are based at home and will only respond to emergency situations (this is not a waking night shift). 

The team works on a four-week rolling rota that can be flexible to your needs, the current pattern is a 5 on/4 off.  Each member of the team will cover around 6 on call shifts per four-week rota.  You will work 2 weekends per rota and the 3rd weekend will be covering the on-call shift only (a copy of the rota is available on request).
There is flexibility to the rota and it can work well around family needs; there is no case load and the service is fully supported by multi-agency colleagues. An on-call Service Manager will be available at all times for support and decision making.
Locality Child in Need and Child Protection services (based North and South of the County over 4 locality offices). 
You will be joining a service which provides a locality-based offer to children who are subject to CIN and CP plans including where Court proceedings are instigated.  A POD model is in place and you will have the support of Team Managers and offer support to social workers and Support and Assessment Workers. You will practice using the Signs of Safety approach and will be provided with training. Additional support services are in place to enhance the quality of intervention provided by the social workers in this service area.  A locally based Service Manager provides oversight and guidance on high risk cases and provide focus on quality, standards and performance across the locality.
Children in Care and Care Leavers Service (based centrally at County Hall).
The children in care service works across Children in Care, Care Leavers, 16+homeless teenagers, and Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children. This service provides support and advice to children and young people throughout their time in care to enable them to make positive life choices. The teams are made up of senior practitioners and social workers as well as personal advisers and support workers.

Disabled Children’s Service
This is a county-wide service working with disabled children who are supported as Children in Need; children subject to Child Protection Plans; Looked After; as well as children and young people making the transition into Adult Services. There are two teams made up of social workers and childcare support workers, and a team of occupational therapists; each has a Team Manager and Senior Practitioner.  Staff across all SEND services work closely together to support disabled children and their families.

Who we are looking for
  • You will be an energetic and enthusiastic experienced social worker who demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for practice.
  • You will have significant experience of working in statutory children’s services and an in depth understanding of the interventions required to build safety and protect children from harm.
  • You will have dedication and knowledge to providing quality support and supervision to Social Workers and in some cases will co-work to enhance their skills and learning.
  • You will be able to evidence your skills and knowledge of creative, innovative and relationship-based social work and demonstrates your ability to lead a skilled workforce.
  • We definitely want people with energy and people who have a ‘can- do’ attitude; we want people who will help us to build a real culture of reflection and learning. We want team players!
  • You will have a strong, trustworthy and credible professional reputation.
  • You have retained a strong interest in research and the evidence base for practice and are confident about how this can be used in practice
  • Ideally you will already be confident in the application of the Signs of Safety methodology but certainly in the value of relationship-based social work.
We hope this sounds like you!
Our salaries are competitive £35,727 - £39,405 plus £2,250 market premium but we know from our own staff that there are other reasons to come to Leicestershire. We hope you agree. We look forward to hearing from you
For more about working in Leicestershire go to: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/sites/default/files/field/pdf/2017/11/9/working-at-leicestershire-county-council.pdf

For further information about our services areas: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/education-and-children/social-care-and-supporting-families

For more information about our current vacancies please contact Wendy Collins, Service Manager on Tel: 0116 3054949.
By the Way:
A Few More Benefits of working In Leicestershire….
  • Well regarded employee counselling services
  • Free car parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Paid HCPC
  • Lease car scheme
  • Option to purchase of additional leave
  • Discounts at high-street stores and supermarket shopping
  • Special offers on leisure activities and gym memberships
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.
For further information about working for Leicestershire County Council, please click here.

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