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Senior Practitioner - Looked After Children and Care Leavers

Camden London Borough Council
Camden, London (Greater)
Closing date
31 Oct 2021

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Health and Social Care, Health, Children's Services, Social Care
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About us

The borough of Camden is a thriving borough for everyone to visit, live, study and work.  This is a home to the UK fastest growing economy. We are the heart of some positive changes in London. We aim to make Camden Borough the best borough to work, visit and study in London.

We’re giving a platform to people inside and outside our community. Because, we’re not just home to the UK’s fast-growing economy. We’re home to the most important conversations happening today. And we’re making radical social change a reality, so that nobody gets left behind. Here’s where you can help decide a better future for us all

The role

Camden Council 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 when social workers and personal advisors work in partnership with the children and families whom they are supporting.

Children Safeguarding and Social Work (CSSW) are currently seeking three dedicated Senior Practitioner’s for our integrated Looked After Children and Care Leavers service.

Co-located with our LAC CAMHS clinicians, the Virtual School for Looked After Children and our specialist health and mediation services you be skilled and experienced in working together to design creative interventions which improve outcomes for the boroughs looked after children and care leavers.

As a Senior Practitioner you will manage a pod of 4 social workers and personal advisors and will report to the team manager. Your work will include facilitating group and individual supervision, assessment and care planning for children and young people between ages 0-25 and managing cases in family court proceedings.

We are an innovative service and you will be called upon to support the Service Manager and Team Managers to evaluate and develop the services we provide on an ongoing basis.

The role demands close collaboration and good working relationships across both the integrated LAC service but also across the wider Camden social work service and the multidisciplinary Camden network

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act and will require an Enhanced DBS.

The successful candidate will possess a diploma in social work or equivalent qualification.

You will hold a valid Social Work England registration. Command good working knowledge of the legislative framework relating to children, particularly the Children Act 1989 and all legislation related to Looked After Children and Care Leavers.

You will actively oppose discrimination and champion the needs of the most vulnerable in society. You will have a good 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 see value in people, be a strong team player and have a proven track record of professional development, providing support to other staff and achieving positive outcomes for children and young people.

To find out more about what it is like to work at Camden, meet some of our People by clicking HERE

Working for Camden

We’re ready to welcome your ideas, your views, and your rebellious spirit. Help us redefine how we’re supporting people, and we’ll redefine what a career can be.

At Camden, you’ll receive a host of benefits as well as joining a flexible working employer. Click HERE to see full details of our benefits.

Additional information

To view the Job Profile please click HERE

To apply for this job please follow the "Apply" link. In the ‘Why you?’ section of the application you will be required to demonstrate how you meet the role criteria noted in the Job Profile under the “About You” section.

To discover more about Camden and our commitment towards diversity, equality and safeguarding, please visit our recruitment website

Asking for Adjustments

Camden is committed to making our recruitment practices barrier-free and as accessible as possible for everyone. This includes making adjustments or changes for disabled people, neurodiverse people or people with long-term health conditions. If you would like us to do anything differently during the application, interview or assessment process, including providing information in an alternative format, please contact us on 020 7974 6655, at or post to 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG


Camden: A diverse and vibrant borough
What makes us different?

Camden London Borough Council offers the opportunity to create a place for everyone. The council is committed to excellence and aims to recruit vibrant and talented people to develop and cultivate highly competent work teams. 
Camden Council promotes culture, innovation and excellence by celebrating awards such as the Camden Business Awards, Community Support Awards and Camden Design Awards. 

Great values

Based in the heart of the capital, Camden has much to offer its dedicated staff. The council is committed to excellence, and dedicated to safeguard and support the welfare of vulnerable adults, young people and children. Camden aims to work hand to hand with the communities it serves to find new and better ways to increase quality of life.
Why work for Camden?

  • Camden is committed to providing high quality services
  • Competent and skilled work teams.
  • A trusting, supportive working environment
  • Strong focus on innovation
  • Competitive salary.
  • Free season ticket / travelcard loan scheme. 

Would you like to work in an innovative, multicultural, vibrant and transforming environment?

Camden may offer the opportunity you are looking for.

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020 7974 4444
Town Hall
Judd Street
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