Senior Practitioner - Referral and Assessment Team

Job type Permanent
Salary £32057 - £38354 per annum
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Sanctuary Social Care currently has a permanent vacancy for an experienced and dedicated Senior Practitioner to work in Bromley. The ideal candidate will possess highly developed specialist knowledge of Social Work Practice in Children's Services and be registered with the HCPC.

As the post holder of this role, you will receive a competitive salary of £39,070 - £42,000 per annum.

Main Purpose:

  • To discharge the authority's responsibilities under the Children Act 1989 and other relevant legislation with respect to children in need, particularly those in need of protection and those looked after by the authority.

Summary of Responsibilities/Duties:

  • With appropriate supervision, assess for and provide services to children and families in need within the framework of the appropriate legislation, regulations, departmental procedures and child care policy. This will include responsibility for children and families where needs are particularly complex and problematic.
  • To ensure that services are efficiently and effectively provided, liaising as necessary with other divisions, Council Departments, N.H.S. trusts, schools, carers, voluntary and independent sector providers.
  • To maintain high standards of professional practice within their own workload and to promote and enhance such practice within the team and division.
  • Senior Practitioners may be responsible for supervision of some staff (up to level III Social Workers) in the service and share the operational management of the service.
  • All postholders are expected to maintain professional standards of practice and to work in accordance with the Departmental vision, values, procedures and managerial guidance.
  • To manage a caseload of children and families, including:
  • Making a comprehensive assessment of need, in partnership with the child, parents, other family members and professionals as appropriate in accordance with the National Assessment Framework.
  • Planning, implementing and terminating interventions.
  • Facilitating the provision and co-ordination of appropriate services.
  • Making referrals to the Community Mental Health Team where adults have particularly complex or problematic needs and maintaining liaison with psychiatric services in order to promote timely and effective management of mental health problems.
  • Working within the Borough's Child Protection guidelines to undertake key worker responsibilities towards children on the child protection register as outlined in para. 6, but additionally:
  • Formulating and updating child protection plans, with appropriate guidance from the Group Manager.
  • Providing reports to Child Protection Conferences.
  • Making use of the legal framework including both criminal law and the Children Act in order to protect children. This may include giving evidence in court.
  • Undertaking responsibilities towards children looked after by the authority, including:
  • Formulating and progressing care plans for looked after children in line with the Children and Families Division's guidelines.
  • Maintaining personal contact with looked after children at a rate no less than that laid down in Placement Regulations.

Requirements of the Senior Practitioner:

  • Degree or equivalent in social work
  • Current HCPC registration
  • Significant senior level frontline experience within children's services

Apply today:

This Senior Practitioner job is advertised by Neil Clements; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, regretfully we are only able to respond to candidates who meet our clients' requirements.

Reasonable Adjustments:

If you consider yourself to have a disability or require any reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process or within the workplace, please highlight this at the earliest opportunity. With this information, we will provide appropriate support to you throughout the process and into your work placement.