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Senior Practitioner -Children in Care

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/various localities , Glenfield, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 8RA 


Closing date:22 December 2021 at midnight 

The Senior Practitioner is an experienced social worker playing a key role within teams to support high quality service delivery.  They will use their expertise and advanced skills to support the development and delivery of consistently high quality services to children and families in line with the policies and procedures of the Department and within regulatory and statutory guidelines.  They will hold a caseload of mainly complex work and assist the team manager in providing guidance and support to less experienced colleagues having opportunities to directly influence and promote the training and development of social workers and social work students in the department.
  • Appropriate social work professional qualification  such as MA, DipSW CQSW or equivalent
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Practice educator award or commitment to complete training within 12 months of appointment.
  • Extensive and recent post-qualification experience of working with children and families in a statutory setting including Safeguarding, Court and Pre-proceeding work.
  • Proven experience of coordinating multi-agency work to support children using formal outcome focused plans 
  • Experience of applying evidence based approach to practice such as Signs of Safety approach.
  • Experience of leading child protection enquires and managing risk 
  • In depth knowledge and ability to apply relevant policies appropriate legislation government guidance and best practice in all aspects of social work including LSCB procedures
  • Extensive knowledge of a range of relevant theories, research, serious case review findings and models of social work interventions and how these can be integrated into service delivery to enhance outcomes for children.
  • Advanced knowledge of the statutory duties of the Local Authority including child protection and looked after children processes including care proceedings
  • Significant knowledge of the factors and influences which can impact on children achieving positive outcomes including child development,  attachment and neglect, and parental factors such as substance misuse domestic abuse and mental health
  • Awareness of the cultural, racial, linguistic and religious background of children, young people and families and how to build effective responses into service delivery.
  • Proven ability to engage and sustain effective working relationships with service users and where applicable  ability to promote their engagement in decision making and planning 
  • Advanced skills in communication both written and verbal with children, young people, parents/carers, colleagues and other professionals and the ability to present information in formal settings such as child protection conference, PLO meetings and court.
  • Ability to undertake complex and evidenced based assessment in line with practice standards which are timely and child focused
  • Ability to identify and manage risk , develop safety plans and make recommendations  which achieve positive outcomes for children
  • The ability to prioritise and work flexibly using initiative to manage competing demands and, meet deadlines and work effectively as part of a team.
  • The ability to use information technology applications e.g. Microsoft Outlook, Word and database applications as relevant to the department.
  • To ability to work within a team setting – providing advice, consultation, coaching and support which contributes to a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of how the role contributes to effective use of council resources and the achievement of successful outcomes for the children young people and families of Leicestershire. 
  • An understanding of, and commitment to Equal Opportunities, and the ability to apply this to all situations.
  • Ability to travel to service points within Leicestershire County Council in a cost efficient way 
  • Have up to date evidence of registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Able to work flexibly within service requirements including outside normal office hours e.g. evenings on occasion if required.
  • Must be able to perform all duties and tasks with reasonable adjustment, where appropriate, in accordance with the provisions of the Equality Act 2010

This post is the subject of a DBS enhanced check for a regulated activity

Please see the Job Description / Person Specification which are attached further down on this page

For informal enquires please contact Angie Lymer-Cox Tel: 0116 305 4732 
Email: Angie.Lymer-Cox@leics.gov.uk or Debs Smith Tel: 0116 305 8069 Email: Debra.Smith@leics.gov.uk 

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. We are on a journey to be an inclusive department where a culture to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion is embedded and discrimination challenged at every level together as a department.  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 services we offer our children and families.

For further information about working for Leicestershire County Council, please click here.

If you have any technical issues completing your application form please contact escservicedesk@emss.org.uk

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