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Senior Practitioner
  • Employer: Hertfordshire County Council
  • Reference: HCC19285
  • Published: Tue 24/05/2022, 16:12 PM
  • Closing on: Sun 03/07/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week, 1 part-time post at 18.5 hours per week and 3 Full time posts at 37 hours per week
  • Salary: £36,371 per annum plus £2,000 Market Force payment
  • DBS Check: Enhanced
  • Location: Countywide, Hertfordshire

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Senior Practitioner


Adoption East: 1 full time post (37 hours per week) and 1 part-time post (18.5 hours per week)

Adoption West: 2 Full time posts (37 hours per week)

Diversity: We are an inclusive employer and value a diverse workforce 

Job Duties:

Due to career development, 2.5 senior practitioner posts that have become available within the Adoption Assessment Teams. The teams sit within Hertfordshire’s Specialist Services, which places the outcomes for children at the heart of all we do. We are proud members of the Adopt East regional adoption alliance.

Our primary role is to assess and prepare prospective adopters county wide for adoptive parenting. You will require a good awareness of developmental trauma and the impact on children and adoptive families.  This is an opportunity to develop skills and expertise in assessing adoptive parents, matching adopters with children and supporting adopters through to adoption orders.  You may also be involved with other case work across the Adoption Service, such as family finding and supporting families post Adoption Order.

We work closely with our childcare teams and the alliance, to support permanency planning and identifying appropriate matches for children with adopters. Early linking and fostering for adoption is firmly on our agenda.

This is a varied and challenging role where candidate is expected to have the following

  1. You will need to be a qualified social worker including Social Work England registration and have a good understanding and experience of relevant Adoption regulations, legislation and research
  2. Experience in facilitating group work and training will be an advantage.
  3. Good evidenced based assessment, analysis, and report writing skills
  4. A commitment to diversity and inclusion
  5. Safeguarding is part of the role.
  6. You will be required to travel to other HCC Sites. A clean driving licence, the ability to drive and/or travel around the County and on occasions out of county, is required for this role.
  7. Due to the nature of the role, flexibility around evening and weekend working is required alongside hybrid working.