THE ROYAL BOROUGH OF KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA DISABLED CHILDREN’S TEAM ADVANCED PRACTITIONER TRANSITIONS SOCIAL WORK
Salary £32,900 – £44,500 (HAY plus Performance Related Pay) 36 hours per week (Full Time) Working across Family and Children’s Services and Adult Social Care Permanent Contract Travel allowance towards zone 1 & 2 travel card Free swimming, subsidised gym membership
An exciting opportunity has arisen in The Disabled Children’s Team, a specialist social work service within Family and Children’s Services. This post involves working with the Disabled Children’s Team and Integrated Transitions Team (Adult Learning Disability Team). Working with young people aged 14 to 25 and their families who are significantly affected by physical and learning disability, autism, chronic physical ill health, or who have additional complex needs. The teams work closely alongside the multi disciplinary short breaks team, which includes short break practitioners, occupational therapists and a systemic family therapist. The Disabled Children’s Team are co-located with a specialist CAMHS Team. We are based in Kensington Town Hall working along side the Bi-Borough Special Educational Needs Department and SEN Transport Team.
As well as being part of the Disabled Children’s Team (3 days), the Advanced Practitioner for Transition Social Work will also spend time (2 days) each week based within the Integrated Transition Team (Adult Learning Disability Team); a multi-disciplinary team made up of health and social care practitioners based at 1-9 St Marks Road.
We offer a unique learning and development opportunity, developing systemic family based social work practice with the support and input of Systemic Family Therapists based within the social work teams. There is a rolling programme of training to support practice development across the service.
Main Purpose of the Job Within this role you will provide high quality social work to young people and their families; supporting young people with a disability to have a smooth and successful transition to adulthood. Your work will be focused on helping young people achieve outcomes that enable them to live as independent lives as possible and become active, valued members of their community. You will work closely alongside parents, carers and voluntary service providers. In both teams, you will be required to respond to safeguarding concerns in line with relevant legislation and policies. Your work will be varied and complex, with young people and families living across the borough. You will be a source of advice and guidance to less experienced staff across teams modelling expert practice. You will manage your own professional development by regular access to research findings and developing knowledge of policy and best practice. In conjunction with other Advanced Practitioners you will take a lead role in developing the department’s expertise in practice with a focus on preparation for adulthood. Coaching and developing newly qualified social workers and other staff as required offering shadowing, action learning and mentoring.
Qualifications and Experience You should have at least 3 years’ post qualifying social work experience; at least 2 of those years within a disabled children or adults’ social work team. You must have worked in a statutory children’s social work role for at least 1 year. It would be helpful if you had court, mentoring and transitions experience.
For more information or an informal chat please contact the Team Manager Dawn Saunders on 0207 598 4924 or the practice manager Danielle Bishop on 0207 598 4920.
Closing date: Wednesday 20th September 2018 (Midnight) Shortlisting date: Friday 21st September 2018 Interview date: Wednesday 26th September 2018. If possible, please keep the interview date free, in anticipation of an interview offer.