Senior Practitioner - Children In Need
Directorate: Supporting People
Location: Crowndale Centre, 218 - 220 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BD
Job level/Grade: Level 4 Zone 2
Salary: GBP39,243 - GBP45,520 pro-rata inclusive of Inner London Weighting
Contract Type: Permanent, Full time, 36 hours a week
25 days holiday (27 days after 5 years' service)
Camden is changing the way it delivers children's social work with the introduction of the Camden Model of Social Work. We believe that the needs of our children and families can be best met through social workers undertaking direct work in partnership with them to achieve change.
We are training all our social workers in a systemic framework and introducing small practice groups with therapeutic input. The Camden Model of Social Work has an emphasis on strong multi-agency working and is part of the Council's programme to create more resilient families in the Borough.
Social Workers in the Camden Model of Social Work can expect:
Regular monitoring of caseloads ensuring workers have enough time for direct work for families A bespoke systemic training programme delivered by the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust Group supervision with therapeutic input in addition to regular individual supervision a wide range of internal professional development opportunities and excellent training provision to ensure continuous practice development.
Due to internal promotions we are currently seeking experienced and highly dedicated Senior Practitioners who possess a strong determination to progress and share our values of working as one team and finding better and more innovative ways of doing things.
Playing a key part in the service you will provide the appropriate help; which ranges from offering advice/consultation and information to parents, carers and partner agencies, signposting families to appropriate services, or referring for statutory assessments.
In addition you will be vital in the process of in screening contacts by assessing risk and safeguarding concerns. Taking into account past interventions and services and deciding upon the most appropriate intervention.
The role involves working closely with partner agencies and having a good working knowledge of the boroughs services, whilst providing help others demonstrate professionalism, ensuring professional social work standards are maintained throughout area of responsibilities.
You will be required to undertake duties on behalf of the team manager as required by the needs of the service providing strong support, advice and guidance to the team.
To succeed you will possess a diploma in social work or equivalent qualification and hold a valid HCPC registration. Command a sound knowledge of the legislative framework relating to children, particularly the Children Act 1989 and all legislation related to Children in Need combined with experience post qualification of working in a Children and Families Division including experience in a family placements service.
You need to be able to demonstrate a real understanding of the pressures faced by families with children living in socially deprived neighbourhoods, the issues faced by/needs of disadvantaged families with children, undertaking complex assessments of a child's needs and/or risk.
You will need to be a strong team player and have a proven track record of supervision and managing professional staff, an ability to evidence the assessment and motivation of staff, identifying support and training needs.
If you have the drive, commitment and the ability to deliver high quality client care and would like to build a career in one of London's most vibrant and diverse boroughs, we would love to hear from you.
How to Apply
To apply for this job please follow the "Apply" link. In the 'Why you?' section of the application form you will be expected to explain how you meet the key requirements for this role listed in this advert. When explaining how you meet each of the requirements, please give examples that clearly demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience. When writing your examples give a brief description of the situation or task but focus on the actions you took and the result of your actions.
Camden is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as inclusive as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for people who have a disability or long-term health condition. If you would like us to do anything differently during the recruitment process, or provide any information in an alternative format, please contact us on , at , or post to 5 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG.
Closing date for applications: 31st October 2017
Interview date: Week commencing 6th November 2017
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