Contract: Fixed Term until 10th October 2022
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to join the Local Authority’s 14+ Team as a Senior Practitioner on a fixed term or secondment basis; initially until 10th October 2022. This post is to backfill the current post holder who has been successful in acting up as Team Manager whilst the current Team Manager is on maternity leave.
Come and join a well-established and passionate team who are dedicated to improving outcomes and opportunities for the young people of Blaenau Gwent.
The successful candidate will be required to provide a high quality service in relation to all aspects of the referral, decision making, assessment and care management process. This will include chairing complex meetings, supervision of staff, and ensuring performance and data information is properly collated and recorded on the WCCIS system and monitored in accordance with quarterly reporting requirements.
We are seeking a creative and motivated senior social work practitioner to join our 14+ team.
The 14+ Team will offer you the opportunity to work with young people aged 14 years and over who are in need of care and support, in need of protection, are looked after and/or are care leavers (until aged 25). The post offers the opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and practice in relation to young people across all manner of statutory intervention including assessment, care planning, long term planning, pathway planning and transition to adulthood.
The post offers an exciting opportunity to work with young people as part of a varied team consisting of social workers, support workers, mediation officers and leaving care personal advisors. With longstanding team members, there is opportunity to learn from the experiences of the team who are committed to delivering the highest quality service to the young people and families of Blaenau Gwent.
We welcome applications from experienced senior practitioners and qualified social workers who feel ready to take the next steps in their careers.
Principal responsibilities include providing guidance, support and leadership to qualified social workers, support workers and personal advisors tasked with assessment and care and support planning for vulnerable children and young people aged 14 and over. You will be required to provide formal and informal supervision to members of the team in partnership with the Team Manager and other 14+ team Senior Practitioner.
Alongside supporting staff members, you will be responsible for case managing a reduced caseload, often complex cases where you will be responsible for assessment, care planning and providing targeted support to young people and their carers/families.
We recognise the need for staff support when working with young people who may have specific support needs and, as such, the successful appointees will benefit from training and development opportunities, monthly formal supervision sessions (more frequently if required), group supervision sessions and access to psychological consultations for psychologically informed advice and practice guidance. We recognise the importance of peer support and the stability of the team has enabled the development of a strong team ethic which is to work together to effectively problem solve, motivate and encourage each other.
The 14+ team office has recently been repurposed to create indoor and outdoor space which promotes group work and independent living skills development. We want to offer a safe space to young people to learn new skills and for all 14+ staff to be involved in providing unique and creative ways of engaging young people to promote their wellbeing and safety.
There are exciting opportunities available to the team which enables and encourages creativity in how we can meet the needs of our older children who are looked after and our care leavers through use of the St David’s Day grant. This has, in recent years, included the opportunity for staff to plan and facilitate activities for our young people inclusive of a residential trip.
If you are passionate about young people, promoting their voice and delivering a service which is focused on outcomes and strengths, then this will be a rewarding and exciting opportunity for you.
If you would like to informally discuss these opportunities, please contact the Team Manager, Beth Thomas, on 01495 355520. We look forward to receiving your application.
To be eligible for this role all applicants must have a degree (or similar) within Social Work and be registered with Social Care Wales. Substantial post qualifying childcare experience within a statutory children’s services team is also essential and experience of supervising staff and/or students is desirable.
Thorough pre-employment screening is undertaken during the recruitment process. The post holder will be required to complete an application for a Disclosure of Criminal Records.
Closing Date: 09/12/2021, midnight
Interview Date: To be confirmed
How to Apply
Please apply online via the link provided.
Please note, we do not accept CVs submitted without a fully completed online application form.