Senior Practitioner - Family Support and Protection - Harlow

Working For Essex
£30,000 - £39,999
12 Jun 2018
16 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Practitioner - Family Support & ProtectionHarlowSalary from £34,000- £42,000 per annum1 x Permanent Contract1 x Fixed Term Contract (until September 2019)Full Time - 37 hours a week

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a vibrant, motivated and supportive team within the family support and protection in the west quadrant, based in Harlow. We have one vacancy for a full time permanent position and one vacancy for a fixed term contract until September 2019.

The Role

The senior practitioner is responsible for the management of their own cases and support of social work staff in the management of complex child protection and child in need cases, or children looked after.

Whilst this will include investigation, assessment and purposeful intervention, the primary role within children and families is to achieve positive change within families wherever possible, with the aim of enabling children to remain within their home. Where this is not possible, the role includes initiating care proceedings.

This will be achieved through implementation of the child protection, child in need plan and achieving permanency through care planning for children in care.

There will also be an expectation within this role to support the progression and supervision of newly qualified social workers and students entering the profession.

In addition, the role contains undertaking operational duties and supporting the team manager through delegation of tasks, such as chairing meetings etc.

Family Support and Protection

Family support and protection works with families with long term complex issues that are most in need and require sustained intervention for more than 3 months. Children are subject to either child protection plans or child in need plans. This includes reviewing and updating assessments, supporting families to achieve change, special guardianship order assessments, section 7 court reports, working with children subject to court proceedings who are at home or children subject to supervision orders. Occasionally children become subject to child in care plans and these may be transferred to the children in care team.

Why not check out what our current team has to say about working in Family Support and Protection Charlotte Pope - Social Worker

Why work with Family Support and Protection in HarlowLocal parking for staff, car permits providedGreat team morale, friendly, helpful, supportive colleaguesPermanent managers in both areas who are supportive, encouraging and availableBoth teams encourage co working. Senior social workers link with more junior staff to offer great learning and development opportunitiesGreat training pathways for staff, encouragement to all staff for their continual professional development, to include progressionGood working relationships with other teams and professionals. Step down processes to partner agencies embeddedStaff are provided with monthly reflective supervisionWe are passionate about the use of systemic thinking/practice in interventions

What you'll need to join our Social Work teams

To play a key part in transforming the lives of children and families, you'll be a DIPSW, CQSW, CSS or equivalent graduate. This will be backed up by post-qualification experience as a children's social worker. Open to change and ready to innovate, you will be keen to join an environment where you can stretch yourself professionally, make an impact individually and deliver positive outcomes collaboratively.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wide operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond, transporting service users and their belongings and to be able to do so in an emergency. Driving licence and car or ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. For more information please use the following link:

Please note ECC regularly reviews its reward and benefits

Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.

We seek the best talent from the widest pool of people as diversity is key to our success.

If you have any queries regarding this role, or require anything further, please contact the Essex Recruitment Team on 033 005 83330*.

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Working for Essex welcome applications from all suitably qualified people regardless of gender, race, disability, age or sexual orientation.

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