Job Title: Senior Practitioner- Family Safeguarding, Assessment, Children Looked After
Location: Hertfordshire- Hertford, Stevenage, Hemel Hempstead
Salary Range: From £39,745 up-to £44,880 per annum (including Market Forces Payments depending on team)
Hours: 37 per week
Hertfordshire County Council has a fantastic opportunities for experienced senior social workers to join our Family Safeguarding, Assessment and Children Looked After teams.
We are currently looking for committed and passionate workers who would like to take the next steps in their professional career within a well-established and innovative local authority.
As an innovation authority, we are committed to developing motivational social work practice and you will be trained to work in this way. You will be working at the forefront of best practice to deliver first class support to vulnerable children and families which will expose you to managing complex and diverse caseloads.
By changing our approach to families, they are changing their approach to us and we are managing to keep far more children at home safely with their families.
With dedicated Diversity & Inclusion strategy and focus groups, we promote diversity and inclusion across the delivery of services and within our workforce.
We will offer a stimulating working environment, regular supervision meetings and training opportunities to help you to reach your full potential with the assistance and guidance of our specialist L&D teams.
The pandemic has brought about changes in the way we work and having learnt from this and from feedback from our staff and communities, we are embedding important principles around ‘Our Way Forward’. The overarching vision for Children’s Services is that we work in a ‘flexible and balanced’ way with a focus on ‘continuous improvement’; this is underpinned by a ‘mix and blend’ approach by adopting hybrid ways of working, balancing the need for collaborative workspaces with the right technology for staff to work from home and touchdown areas where this is right for you and for our families.
About you :
As a Senior Practitioner, you will already have highly developed specialist knowledge of Social Work practice. Your advanced expertise and knowledge will help you to take the lead on the most complex cases within the department.
This is a varied and challenging role where you will have shared responsibility for leading less experience staff. You will have a key role in researching and sharing up to date social work practice alongside creating a clear vision for the future and ensuring the best outcomes for children and their families are realised.
Excellent written and verbal skills is essential as you will need to prepare and deliver welfare reports to conferences and court hearings.
As a qualified and registered social worker, you will have significant senior level frontline experience in a safeguarding team.
Recent experience of case work in Assessments, Child Protection, Children Looked After and Care Proceedings and an in-depth knowledge of relevant childcare legislation is necessary to undertake work in this role effectively.