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Senior Practitioner - Out of Hours Service

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Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 

Salary:£36,711 - £40,491 + £2,250 market premium 

Appointment Type:Permanent 

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


Closing date:15 August 2021 at midnight 

Please Note: This post is subject to satisfactory police vetting.
We are currently recruiting a senior social work practitioner for our Out of Hours Service.
If you are interested in joining a strong and ambitious service with a permanent and experienced team manager and an experienced and passionate service manager then please read on.
The Role
We are looking for an experienced Senior Social Work Practitioner for the Out of Hours Service.  Candidates need to have a strong background in child protection and need to be willing to work flexibly to support children and families who are in crisis or require support and advice outside of normal working hours.  The candidate needs to be confident in making decisions independently and seek service management oversight on appropriate cases. The Out of Hours team is a small, supportive team with permanent staff.  Police vetting is a requirement of the post.
The post is full time. There is a rota which is planned and shared in advance. Most shifts are evenings with some on-calls to cover overnight. The rota also includes weekend shifts of 12 hours on a Saturday and Sunday, twice per month, and one weekend on call.
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 on a journey to be an inclusive Service where a culture to celebrate Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is imbedded and discrimination challenged at every level together as a service and a Council.  We warmly welcome those from all cultures, ethnicities and beliefs - this diversity is vital to our journey and is fundamental to our values and enriches the service we offer our Children and Families.
We are committed to supporting and empowering our staff to be the best workers that they can be. We will give you the support ad resources that you need to work in collaboration with children and families.
We are proud of our Road to Excellence Plan which sets out our key values, behaviours and ambitions. We have embedded the Signs of Safety approach throughout our services and this approach mirrors our values of Aspiration, Being Curious and Collaboration. We are focused on working with families and the networks of family, friends and professionals around children, to work in collaboration to achieve shared goals.
We are working hard to create a culture and environment where practice excellence can flourish. We want to learn from what works, as much, if not more, than from when things do not – 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.
  • We are focused on providing reflective supervision and growing group supervision skills
  • 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 SW 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.

Who we are looking for

  • You will be an energetic and enthusiastic social worker who demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for practice.
  • You will have 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 be able to evidence your skills and knowledge of creative, innovative and relationship-based social work, working in collaboration with families and professionals.
  • 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 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 with Senior Social Work Practitioner salary at £36,711 - £40,491 (£2,250 market premium). There is an additional on-call payment.

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: 
For further information about our services areas: 
For more information about our current vacancies please contact Chelbie Shepherd Tel. 0116 3055973, Email:

If you are a newly qualified social worker and are interested in a post in Leicestershire – please contact Chelbie Shepherd Tel. 0116 3055973.

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


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