Senior Practitioner, Children and Families Hub - Working for Essex
Salary: £41,552 to £50,290 per annum
Closing date: 10 Aug 2022
Location: Colchester
Hours: Part-time
Req ID: 8592
Role: Social Care
About the role

Senior Practitioner, Children and Families Hub

Permanent, Full Time

£41,552 to £50,290 per annum

Location: Colchester

Working Style: Fixed-base worker

Closing Date: 10th August 2022

Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It’s an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been named Outstanding by Ofsted, we are delighted and at the same time humbled to have been crowned Social Work Employer of the Year for the second time in the last three years!

Please look at our ‘No Magic’ Children & Families video here

The Role

The Children and Families Hub is the single point of access for Children’s Social Care. Its primary purpose is to ensure that children and young people and their families receive early help, advice and support to assist in protecting them from significant harm, whilst promoting their development and wellbeing. The Children and Families Hub does this by identifying the lowest appropriate level of support needed to bring about change, support good parenting and boundaries and promote children’s emotional wellbeing. The Children and Families Hub plays a critical role in engaging parents and professionals in interventions that can bring about change in families and we aspire to deliver an outstanding service to children and families in Essex.

The Senior Practitioner role provides leadership in the team, providing supervision, support and mentoring to qualified social workers and alternatively qualified staff. They will oversee the triage process and have responsibility for threshold recommendations in line with the Essex Effective Support Document. The role offers a unique opportunity for development as a Senior Practitioner in helping to develop the team and service delivery, including quality assurance activities, practice lead and group supervision. There is an ethos of openness to the development of new ideas, particularly to reinforce our relationship-based focus, both with our service users and within the staff group. The successful candidate will be expected to bring skill and high standards of social work to their own caseload as well as providing modelling, advice and support to colleagues. They will be committed to systemic, relationship based social work, providing effective, innovative interventions and with the ability to build good partnerships, both with our external partners and within the organisation.

Skills and Knowledge

  • A diploma in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent and registration with Social Work England as a registered Social Worker.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development and good IT skills.
  • Evidence of recent practice at an experienced social worker level, supported by comprehensive working knowledge and experience within the field of practice in Children Services.
  • Preferably with experience of Child Protection work including section 47 investigations and assessments since the implementation of the Children’s Act 1989.Considerable, recent experience of communicating with children of all ages and working in partnership with parents and/or carers.
  • Experience in planning activities and programmes for children, young people and parents.
  • Experience of Court work in relation to Child Care matters and have an understanding of the legal process.
  • Detailed knowledge of current legislation pertinent to Child Protection (e.g. CA1989, CJA1991), Guidance and Regulations.
  • Knowledge and understanding of child development, relating theory and practice.

To read more about us please visit: https://www.workingforessex.com/role/children-families

County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here pay and reward

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