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Senior Practitioner – Family Assessment Centre

Haringey London Borough Council
Haringey, London (Greater)
£43,860 – £48,819 per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2022

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Health and Social Care, Health, Children's Services, Social Care
Contract Type
Full time
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Job description Contract Terms

Salary: PO5 + 2 (£43,860 – £48,819 per annum)

Contract Type: Full time, permanent

Closing Date: Sunday 6th February 2022

About Children’s Services

We are investing in creating a better borough for all our residents and bettering the lives of children and young people in Haringey is our first corporate priority. We are located in the north of the capital with a population of approximately 250,000 people and a growing population of 0-19-year olds. We are a diverse and fast-changing borough and tomorrow’s leaders; artists and innovators are busy growing up here. 

Haringey is transforming its services for children and young people, and have already made exciting, innovative changes as we strive for excellence in all we do. 

In short, we’re a council with high ambitions; a place to work that is full of energy and focus. Our teams have passion, integrity and commitment, and people join us, do so as they see Haringey is a learning organisation, and the people that work here strive for continuous improvement in their practice, aiming high to ensure we provide outstanding outcomes for our children. 

We offer a great place to develop a career that is yours to own.  

About the Role

This post is part of a specialist team working as part of the internal resource for the conducting of all court directed parenting capacity assessments and delivering on specialist parenting programmes. Some of the key responsibilities include:

  • Responsibility for a managed caseload of the more complex cases in the service and ensure the delivery of a high-quality social work input, consistent with accepted notions of best practice and national and local guidance, in the context of partnership working.
  • Model high quality professional behaviour and to develop and promote notions of authoritative practice within the service.
  • Progress children’s plans in accordance with current local protocols, this may include writing statements within timescales, giving evidence on behalf of the Local Authority in Family Proceedings Court and any other court within the Family Division as required.
  • Taking the lead on bespoke pieces of work in conjunction with partner agencies.

These activities may be varied from time to time to meet the changing needs of the service. 

About You

Supporting the Team Manager in the smooth running of the team, you will carry a managed caseload of complex cases requiring experienced and expert practitioner input in relation to court direct parenting capacity assessments. This includes specific skills in undertaking PAMs parenting assessments, sibling assessments and leading on specific parenting programmes. The ideal candidate will have:

  • A recognised social work qualification
  • Previous experience of working with vulnerable children, young people and their families
  • Knowledge and experience of using psychodynamic framework as a tool in understanding family dynamics to support families to reach their potential.
  • Previous experience of undertaking specialist PAM’s assessments and parenting programmes.


For the successful appointed candidate, they will have access to a wide range of financial and non-financial benefits such as employee discounts, recruitment and retention payment; access to local government pension.  

For a full list of benefits on offer, please visit our website:


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