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.
About our Teams:
Our Assessment Teams undertake single child and family assessments for those circumstances where our Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub has identified the need for a social work assessment. With a strong partnership approach, a dedicated Out of Hours service, strength-based assessments, robust pathways for Early Help and strong performance, the service embeds strong working relationships with families from the start of their journey.
Family Safeguarding –
Our Family Safeguarding Teams are a pioneering model of social work which consist of multi-agency teams that work with Child Protection and Child in Need cases and conduct the majority of our care proceedings. These multi-disciplinary teams consist of professionals in children’s and adult social work, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, substance misuse and mental health who work together to tackle the root causes of risk in families. Our clinical psychology service will support PLO and proceedings work with specialist assessments. With a strong focus on our model of practice – motivational interviewing, the service continues to see high levels of success in helping families tackling the toxic issues and keeping more children safely with their families.
Children Looked After
These teams are responsible for providing high quality support and planning for children and young people who are in long term foster care, residential care and semi-independent care up until the age of 18. You will be supported by a dedicated Health team and Virtual School as well as a Brokerage Team that will find the most suitable placement. Voice of children is a strong focus and supported by our dedicated Children in Care Council and young people’s focus groups.
As part of this role you will be required to travel to visit service users out in the community, either in their homes or at other venues in order to undertake assessments. You will also be required to attend meetings at other sites other than your own work base. In light of this, the ability to drive and/or travel around the county is required for this role a DVLA check will be required on appointment.
Hertfordshire County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all of our employees. This includes:
- Competitive salary up to £44,880 pa depending on experience (includes Market Forces payment of up to £5000)
- Welcome payment of £1000 for external appointments who have completed their ASYE.
- Relocation Expenses of up to £6000 for those candidates that need to relocate for the role
- Car lease scheme
- Free parking at all of our sites
- Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS)
- Flexible working arrangements including working from home and flexi time with accessibility to equipment to work from home, for this role
- Up to 33 days annual leave entitlement
- Staff discounts in gyms, travel agents, car sales, restaurants and days out