Senior Practitioner - Safeguarding and Children in Care POD

Location Berkshire
Job type Permanent
Salary £39303 - £46773 per annum
Contact Conor Clarke
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Reference HQ00092831_1592214170

Sanctuary Social Care is currently looking for an experienced and dedicated Senior Practitioner to work full-time within a Safeguarding and Children in Care POD based in Berkshire. The ideal candidates will possess highly developed specialist knowledge of social work practice and be registered with Social Work England.

The salary for this permanent Senior Practitioner job is £39,303 - £46,773 per annum.


  • Safeguard and promote the welfare of children in line with the Children Acts 1989 and 2004, Children and Families Act 2014, and working Together to Safeguard Children guidance 2013, giving due consideration to their race, culture, religion and linguistic background.

  • To assess or investigate such cases as are referred, within the department's eligibility criteria, to establish level and type of need.

  • To carry a caseload and be responsible for assessment and planning for children and young people in compliance with casework objectives, statutory and departmental policy and procedural requirements, consistently maintaining the highest level of professional standards.

  • To undertake direct social work responsibilities as an allocated worker to the children and young people assigned, investigating concerns regarding a child or young person's safety or wellbeing, assess the risk and protective factors in the family and decide on the most appropriate course of action.

  • To work to range of legal options to support investigation and protection and accommodation; if required give evidence in court; using contingency planning to anticipate complexity and changing circumstances.

  • Complete longer-term work with families in order to meet identified need and improve outcomes.

  • To ensure the provision of clear written reports to child protection conferences, reviews, planning meetings and any other purpose as required, ensuring good quality casework analysis and risk assessment is evident throughout.

  • To ensure reports and case notes are prepared for Court are of high quality, and to support and prepare workers in the Court process, including giving evidence in Court, as required.

  • To work with children and young people, families, carers and communities to formulate care plans in partnership, based on their assessment of need, enabling them to clarify and express their needs and contribute to their planning.

  • To ensure the planning and review of statutory work with children and young people is in accordance with statutory regulation and to produce written reports and other documentation for this purpose.

  • To prepare and maintain case records and other casework information on the Integrated Children's System (ICS), in accordance with the department's policy and timescales.

  • To maintain an awareness of own professional limitations and knowledge gaps. To make effective use of supervision and appraisal as an opportunity to critically reflect on casework and to identify learning and development needs to continually improve upon practice; and to support continual professional development.

  • To raise and address (where appropriate) issues of poor practice, internally through the organisation, and then independently if required.

  • To work within the organisation's professional policy and procedures and code of conduct.

  • To be flexible and able to be deployed in commensurate post across Achieving for Children in line with business need.

  • To participate in the monitoring of service delivery against agreed targets, timescales and resources, taking action as appropriate to achieve desired outcomes.

  • To ensure effective communications are conveyed in a timely, transparent and coherent manner.

  • To ensure that the highest quality services are provided, within the resources available, and are responsive to the expressed needs and aspirations of residents/users regardless of backgrounds, lifestyles and abilities.

  • To demonstrate a commitment to own personal and professional development and to developing and coaching others.

  • To demonstrate the standards of proficiency as required by the HCPC in order to maintain registration.

  • To undertake project work and produce reports and deliver presentations as required.

  • In the performance of all your duties, and in particular in the support and management of staff, to implement all Achieving for Children policies and procedures necessary to meet customer care needs and to reflect the Achieving for Children's vision and values.

  • Champion the promotion of diversity and equalities in all aspects of service delivery and people management; demonstrate confident application of ethical reasoning to professional practice and decision making.

  • Ensure the wellbeing of employees and service-users by actively promoting and complying with health and safety regulations, policies and procedures.

Requirements of the Senior Practitioner:

  • Current Social Work England registration

  • A minimum of 2 years post qualifying UK experience

  • Recognised and relevant professional qualification e.g. DipSW, CQSW, CSS.


This Senior Practitioner job is advertised by Conor Clarke; 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.