Senior Practitioner - Safeguarding Team

Location Kingston upon Thames
Job type Permanent
Salary £40,869 - 43,860 per year
Contact Lucy Pearson
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Reference 167247

Sanctuary Personnel, an award-winning and renowned Recruitment Agency is looking for a Social Work Senior Practitioner to work full-time based in Kingston Upon Thames or Twickenham, within the Safeguarding Team.  

The salary for this permanent Senior Practitioner role is £40,869 - £43,860 per annum.


  • Work in partnership with children, young people and those connected to them, to co-create plans that meet the identified need
  • Work alongside other professionals, to ensure that our children and young people receive appropriate care, education and health services, and any other support needed to ensure their needs are appropriately met
  • Provide direct support to children and young people and their families to improve outcomes for children
  • Work on the most complex cases including cases in legal proceedings and may contribute to team management, deputising for the Team Leaders and potentially supervising the work of a social worker, ASYE or student
  • A major contribution to make to the delivery of our vision and strategic priorities set out in the Children and Young People’s Plan, by delivering all aspects of high quality social work provision to children and their families
  • Supervision of Social Work students and Newly Qualified Social Workers as part of the AfC ASYE programme
  • Advocating the voices of those we are working with
  • Undertake other duties commensurate with the grade of the post, including deputising or working flexibly across the week to meet the business demand

Requirements of the Senior Practitioner:

  • Educated to a degree level with a relevant professional qualification in Social Work
  • Active Social Work England registration and proven evidence of continuing professional development
  • Postgraduate qualification in a relevant field i.e., social work, leadership, and management
  • Experience of building strong partnerships, maintaining relationships and co-producing solutions to challenges across a diverse set of stakeholders, including children, young people and their families
  • Proven ability to effectively use data, intelligence and evidence to create meaningful insight and to inform own decision making
  • Experience of keeping and maintaining records (in accordance with local policy) and producing accurate reports, presentations, written updates to a range of stakeholders (which may include families, children or young people)
  • Knowledge of statutory legislation (for example Children’s Act) and national policy drivers that will affect children’s services and your role
  • Strong analytical and planning skills for assessing and reviewing children and young people’s needs, planning packages of care across a range of cases, able to explain professional reasoning judgements and decision making
  • Experienced in undertaking child protection investigations and assessment of needs, assessment and appropriate management of risk and ensuring the delivery of agreed programmes of care
  • Experienced in managing an allocated caseload, planning and organising workload to meet statutory timescales and local policy response appropriately and independently (as appropriate) to unanticipated problems
  • Experienced in providing direct professional social work to children and their families, undertaking regular visits to client’s homes and care establishments
  • Experience of addressing specific equality or diversity issues within your practice with colleagues/service users and taking action to solve them
  • A passion for Achieving for Children’s vision, mission and values (trust, value. respect) to support children and young people to live safe, happy, healthy and successful lives
  • Able to use a range of digital hardware or software to support your work effectively i.e. Microsoft or Google software
  • Strong organisational abilities including: time management, creative-thinking, problem-solving and multitasking
  • Able to work flexibly and independently with limited management oversight
  • Personal determination, drive, energy and ambition to achieve challenging objectives, celebrate success and deliver excellent outcomes for children using a strength based approach
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills that are open, honest, persuasive and pragmatic


This Senior Practitioner job is advertised by Lucy Pearson; 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.

As a pioneer of diverse recruitment, Sanctuary Personnel is proud to encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds as our pool of candidates is very much reflective of the clients that candidates will support within their role. This very much played a significant in previously winning ‘Best Candidate Care’ at the Recruiter Awards as well being a two-time finalist for the same award.

Sanctuary takes great pride in building candidate and client relationships that promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

With recruitment consultants and all other employees undertaking annual online training on EDI and many other compliance training courses, Sanctuary is best-placed to undertake a fair and thorough selection process.

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.