Social Work Senior Practitioner - Assessment Team

Location Rochester
Job type Permanent
Salary £50,661 per year
Contact Charlie Reeve
Call Charlie
Reference 166142

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company to the private and public sector has a locum vacancy for a Social Work Senior Practitioner to work based in Rochester, within the Assessment Team.

The salary for this permanent Senior Practitioner role is £50,661 per annum.


  • Safeguard and promote the wellbeing of vulnerable children and young people through the provision of high quality social work practice, supporting them to achieve their full potential, living within their family if safe to do so

  • Participate in effective partnership working and engagement and to work collaboratively with a range of organisations, statutory and voluntary in delivering services to children and young people

  • Comply with legislation, statutory guidance and local policies and procedures

  • Manage a complex caseload within a framework of appropriate reflective supervision, undertaking focused, analytical assessments, SMART plans and reviews that have clear objectives and outcome measures in order to ensure that all vulnerable children receive a service that reflects the Council’s commitment to achieving positive outcomes for our looked after children

  • Work with children and families in a variety of diverse and complex contexts, such as mental ill health, disability, substance misuse, domestic abuse, sexual and criminal exploitation, radicalisation, poverty, discrimination, and immigration

  • Provide expert advice and support to less experienced staff on aspects of casework ensuring a high level of practice is demonstrated

  • Contribute to the learning and development of others either through supporting a newly qualified social worker, supervising a family support worker, acting as a Practice Assessor for students on placement, or contributing to training activities in a specialist areas

  • Lead on an area of practice (i.e. contextual safeguarding, completion of DV risk assessments, etc) for the team or service and support others to enhance their knowledge and skills in relation to that subject

  • Be a Signs of Safety Champion and consistently use the Signs of Safety practice model in assessments and interventions with looked after children, their families and their carers

  • Prepare clear, structured and concise reports for meetings, i.e. Child Protection Conferences, strategy meetings, Looked After Children Reviews, Children in Need meetings, and court proceedings as necessary, to the required standard and within the prescribed timescales

  • Participate in regular supervision to review case work and critically reflect on the work being undertaken

  • Keep up to date with research findings, theoretical models and innovative practice within the social work field in order to promote evidence informed practice and maintain the highest professional standards

  • Maintain accurate and up to date records in line with Data Protection legislation (GDPR) and use Medway Council specific recording system’s to promote effective case management

  • Contribute to service development in line with local plans, initiatives and strategies

  • Deputise for the Team Manager when necessary and as appropriate

  • Work with colleagues to achieve service plan objectives/targets

  • Participate in one to one Performance Development Reviews and contribute to the identification of own and team development needs

  • Actively promote the Council's Fair Access, Diversity and Inclusion Policy and observe the standard of conduct which prevents discrimination taking place

  • Ensure full compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Council's Health and Safety Policy and all locally agreed safe methods of work

Requirements of the Senior Practitioner:

  • Qualified Social Worker with post qualifying training

  • Working towards Practice Educator (Stage 1 and 2), and/or management qualification, i.e ILM Level 3

  • Current Social Work England registration

  • Be competent in all areas of the PCF at Experienced Social Worker level and The Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) for approved child and family practitioners

  • Demonstrate expert and effective practice in complex situations that reflects a commitment to relationship and strengths based practice, assessing and managing higher levels of risk and working collaboratively with children, young people and their families

  • Fully understand and be aware of the commitment to the duty under Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to prevent crime and disorder

  • Be a good listener

  • Be non-judgemental

  • Be consistent and Stable

  • Be contactable

  • Ability to understand children

  • Be honest

  • Be Focused

  • Be realistic

  • Be a good timekeeper

  • Be resourceful in your approach

  • Be ambitious for young people and promote others to share the same drive

  • Demonstrable post qualification experience of working with children and their families

  • Proven experience in the application of ‘Signs of Safety’ Application

  • Demonstrable experience in relationship and strengths-based practice, working collaboratively with children, young people and their families

  • Demonstrable experience of undertaking direct work with children and young people and being able to evidence understanding of the child’s lived experience

  • Proven experience in child protection and court work

  • Proven experience in one or more areas of practice i.e. contextual safeguarding, domestic violence, and have a broader knowledge of local and national resource networks

  • Proven experience in providing expert advice and support to less experienced staff on aspects of casework and where appropriate act as a Practice Assessor for students on placement

  • Ability to use advanced theoretical/practical/procedural/ organisational /policy knowledge across a specialist area

  • Knowledge and experience of working with vulnerable children in a statutory setting

  • Knowledge and experience in the application of relevant legislation, statutory guidance, standards and local policies and procedures relevant to working with children and young people

  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in the application of relevant theoretical frameworks, practice models and research findings

  • Demonstrable knowledge required to recognise and evaluate risk to children and young people

  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in the application of relevant theoretical frameworks, practice models and research findings

  • Ability to demonstrate awareness of legislation relating to General Data Protection Regulations and Freedom of Information


This Senior Practitioner job is advertised by Charlie Reeve; 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.