Senior Practitioner - DBIT Over 10's Team

England, Essex, Chelmsford
£39168.0 - £47405.0 per annum + Plus Excellent Benefits Package
03 Aug 2020
17 Aug 2020
Job role
Social Worker
Contract Type
Full time
The Team
This position will focus primarily upon working with children and young people who have been looked after by the local authority for a significant period, and where following careful assessment by the allocated social worker, the primary care plan indicates connecting and uniting the young person with family . We acknowledge that some children and young people may benefit from support to establish / re-establish these relationships which form the foundation of wellbeing and life chances. Recognising that each family is unique, we take a bespoke approach to strengthening and enhancing family time. We embark on a journey, connecting and uniting families and, in some cases and with appropriate support this may lead to reunification.

Our aim is to enhance decision making and increase support to ensure children and young people who are reunited with their birth families are safe and appropriately cared for by their parents/caregivers and family network.

* You will work in partnership with the child's allocated social worker to ensure that children's' needs and the risks that they may face are properly understood.
* You will work with the parents, children, family and professional network to develop a bespoke package of support for both the child and their parents.
* You will help give parents and children high-quality and timely support in their homes, at times when support is required. We will work with families during evenings and at weekends as required to strengthen family relationships and promote better outcomes.
* You will be part of a team providing parents with support to build their parenting skills and address the problems they face.
* You will be part of a team providing children and young people with the support that they need to promote helpful assimilation back into their families of origin.
* D-BIT is a secondary team working in partnership with front line children's services, devising a robust and structured connecting /reunification plans. The team is based in Chelmsford and provides a countywide response to requests for bespoke reunification activity. Assigned caseloads are limited, reflecting our commitment to bespoke, relevant, intensive family support activity Staff work cohesively together, providing support to families as a team with the capacity to flex and adapt as required to support our activity with families referred to the service.
* Working arrangements are flexible, with acknowledgement that a percentage of family based activity is likely to need to take place outside of usual working hours. As such, candidates should be aware that there is likely to be some evening and weekend work responsibilities

The Role
The Senior Practitioner role provides leadership in the team, providing both support and mentoring to newly qualified or less experienced staff and deputising for the Team Manager when needed. They will oversee the review of some D-BIT intervention plans particularly prior to closure and will have responsibility to lead in a practice area. There will be good opportunities for their own professional development and for being part of developing our team and service. There is an ethos of openness to the development of new ideas, particularly to reinforce our relationship-based focus, both with our service users and within the staff group.

The successful candidate will be expected to bring skill and high standards of social work to their own caseload as well as providing modelling, advice and support to colleagues. They will be committed to systemic, relationship based social work, providing effective, innovative interventions and with the ability to build good partnerships, both with our external partners and within the organisation

Job Purpose
To hold and sustain a caseload consisting of the most sensitive, "complex and difficult" cases to which the post holder can bring to bear the highest standards of professional ability and a considerable depth of knowledge in relevant legislation in policy and practice methods. Responsible for providing a source of expert advice and professional supervision for social workers and contributing to the development of practice standards.

Knowledge, Skills and Experince

* Diploma in Social Work, CQSW, CSS or equivalent.
* Social Work England registration as a registered Social Worker
* PQ1.
* Advanced Award in Social Work (AASW).
* Evidence of recent practice at a senior practitioner/team manager or equivalent level, supported by comprehensive working knowledge and experience of front line exposure to a wide ranging field of practice in Children Services.
* Substantial, in-depth experience of Child Protection work including section 47 investigations and assessments since the implementation of the Children's Act 1989.Considerable, recent experience of communicating with children of all ages and working in partnership with parents and/or carers.
* Experience in planning activities and programmes for children, young people and parents.
* Experience of Court work in relation to Child Care matters and have an understanding of the legal process.
* Detailed knowledge of current legislation pertinent to Child Protection (e.g. CA1989, CJA1991), Guidance and Regulations.
* Knowledge and understanding of child development, relating theory and practice.

This role with the D-BIT Service will require staff to work a basic week (Mon - Fri) but also to be able to work flexibly, which will include some evenings and occasional weekend activity.

The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider 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 the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.