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Senior Practitioner -Screening

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Organisation:Leicestershire County Council 

Working Hours: Full Time , Hours per week - 37 

Salary:Grades 10-11 £28,704 to £35,607 + market premium 

Appointment Type:Permanent 

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


Closing date:28 November 2021 at midnight 

We are committed to a strong and skilled workforce providing high quality services to the children and families of Leicestershire following our relationship-based Signs of Safety practice approach.  
We are recruiting for 2 social workers within our First Response Screening Service.
Job shares and part-time hours may be considered where possible  
We are looking for experienced social workers who have a minimum of 1 year post qualifying experience and those who have successfully completed the ASYE program.
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. 
If you are interested in joining a strong and ambitious service with a group of permanent and experienced team managers and 2 long serving passionate service managers then read on! We are committed to supporting and empowering our staff to be the best workers that they can be. We will give you the support and resources that you need to work in collaboration with children and families.
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 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.
If Leicestershire sounds like an interesting place to work - take a look at the detail about our vacancies.
First Response Screening Service (based centrally at County Hall)  
You will be joining a strong service which has benefited from investment and a current comprehensive review of our process. Social Workers work across our screening (Intake) teams with small staff teams of up to six.
You will undertake a mix of duties comprising of taking enquiries and referrals from members of the public, parents and professionals as part of a phone duty rota which will include dealing with initial child safeguarding concerns where a timely response is required. Whilst you will not hold a caseload, you will also complete contact enquiries on a number of cases at any one time in a swift and timely manner to inform the threshold about what next actions should be in respect of children and families.
Our Social Workers are supported by a Senior Practitioner and a Team Manager (all of whom are permanent) in each team 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.
You will receive monthly supervision for both personal and case reflection alongside weekly PODs where you will meet with your small team to unpick complex cases and focus on learning and development and your own well-being.  
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; Level 2 Social Worker £27,936 to £31,377 and Level 3 Social Worker £32,094 to £34,653 (plus £3,135 market premium for Level 3) 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 Chelbie Shepherd Tel. 0116 3055973, Email: Chelbie.Shepherd@leics.gov.uk
If you are a newly qualified social worker and are interested in a post in Leicestershire – please contact Chelbie Shepherd Tel. 0116 3055973. Chelbie.Shepherd@leics.gov.uk
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. 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.

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