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Senior Practitioner

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
£44,370 - £50,964 per annum
Closing date
16 Jan 2022

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Health and Social Care, Health, Children's Services, Social Care
Contract Type
Full time
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About Us:

Collaborating with families to discover and meet their diverse needs.

In Kensington and Chelsea, we put local people and local businesses at the heart of decision-making, working in partnership with them to provide quality services that are responsive, effective and efficient. Rated as outstanding by Ofsted, we are committed to improving the life chances of our children, and that includes ensuring families can access the support they need, when they need it. Our unique multidisciplinary family assessment service focuses on support for children with complex needs where there are questions about whether they can remain with their birth family.

The Role:

Working as part of a team that includes a substance use specialist, parenting practitioners, a clinical psychologist and an adult psychiatrist, you’ll carry out robust, integrated assessments of need, risk, parenting capacity and potential for change. It’s a rare opportunity to join an established and well-regarded service, taking the lead in relation to a small number of families and focusing on time-limited assessments. Your brief includes providing comprehensive reports for the courts and occasionally attending court for cross-examination. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively and transparently with families throughout.

Please refer to the Job Description for more information.  

About You:

An established social worker with experience of frontline child protection work, you’ll be ready to work with families from all backgrounds and with a range of complex needs.  Issues might include domestic violence, drug and alcohol use, mental health difficulties and learning needs. You’ll have a creative and flexible approach, and practical experience of systemic family therapy would be ideal. 

The ability to operate effectively as part of team and to adapt your communication style to different contexts will be matched by strong analytical skills, confident decision-making and a willingness to challenge where necessary. Strong verbal and written communication skills coupled with experience of court work is essential.  You’ll also be highly organised with the ability to juggle priorities and work under pressure.

In return, you can look forward to a package that includes a competitive salary, a high-quality pension scheme and generous annual leave plus bank holidays.

Please apply online explaining how you meet the requirements set out in the person specification and job description. CV’s will not be considered for this role.
We reserve the right to close this vacancy early if we receive a high volume of suitable applicants

Additional information

We are committed to promoting equality and respecting diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

We are a Disability Confident Employer – committed to ensuring that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.

We engage our staff with a variety of learning types including face-to-face and virtual learning because we want to ensure our staff understand our values and behaviours, grow their skills and develop their careers.

This post is covered by the Fluency Duty, as outlined in the Code of Practice on the English language requirements for public sector workers.

We do not accept speculative CVs from any source.

Please note, we will primarily contact candidates by e-mail throughout the recruitment process, please monitor your email junk / spam folder as our system generated emails may be allocated to these folders by your email settings.

If you experience difficulties with the recruitment application process, please contact the recruitment team by email:

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