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Senior Social Work Practitioner

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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:Various, Various, Leicestershire, LE3 8RF 


Closing date:31 January 2022 at midnight 

We are committed to a strong and skilled workforce providing high quality services to the children and families of Leicestershire following our practice approach which is focused on building relationships using Signs of Safety model.
We have vacancies in the following teams/service areas for senior practitioners:

Hinckley Fieldwork team
Wigston Fieldwork team
Loughborough Fieldwork team
Coalville Fieldwork team (maternity cover)
Children in Care
Disabled Children’s Service

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 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 with services.
  • We have given all 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
  • 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 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 as a senior practitioner 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 working directly with children, young people and their families to ensure a positive impact on their lives.
Specific Roles:  

Locality Fieldwork Teams (based North and South of the County over 4 locality offices at Hinckley, Coalville, South Wigston and Loughborough)
You will be joining a service which provides a locality-based offer to children who are subject to Child in Need and Child Protection plans including where Court proceedings are instigated.  A POD model is in place and you be responsible for running these meetings and supporting the wider team including newly qualified social 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; children who are Looked After; young people making the transition into Adult Services.  Staff in the service are social workers, childcare support workers, occupational therapists.  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 senior practitioner 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 other social workers, especially newly qualified workers and in some cases will co-work to enhance their skills and learning.
  • You will have experience of offering social work student placements, be a qualified practice educator or be willing to undertake that training
  • You will be able to evidence your skills and knowledge of creative, innovative and relationship-based social work and demonstrate 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 £36,711 - £40,491 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, please click here       
For further information about our services areas, please click here 
For more information about our current vacancies please contact Chelbie Shepherd, on Tel: 0116 305 5973 or Email: 
By the Way:
A Few More Benefits of working In Leicestershire….
  • Well regarded employee counselling services
  • Free car parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Paid SWE
  • 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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