Social Work Senior Practitioner - Fostering Team

Location Strood
Job type Permanent
Salary £22,330 per year
Contact Charlie Reeve
Call Charlie
Reference 168607

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company within the private and public sector has a locum role for a Social Work Senior Practitioner to work part time based in Strood, within the Fostering Team.

The salary for this permanent Senior Practitioner role is £22,330.50 per annum.


  • Function as a highly skilled and experienced practitioner within the Fostering Team, providing day-to-day support and advice to social care staff within the team to ensure that high quality services are delivered
  • Enable and support the delivery of these services in an efficient and effective manner, and to work in accordance with departmental policies and procedures
  • Assist the Team Manager in service development, Safeguarding procedures, professional supervision and in certain aspects of management
  • Be responsible and accountable for the practice of student social workers on placement, providing expert guidance, assessing practice in accordance with University guidance, and actively participating in the Student’s Unit
  • Lead on training and development for Foster Carers and to facilitate and attend support groups
  • Model good practice that reflects a value based approach to working with children and their families that is child-centred
  • Take responsibility for a caseload of complex cases
  • Supervise the work of other members of the team and actively coach, mentor and develop them
  • Ensure that resources are utilised effectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and their families
  • Keep up to date with research findings, theoretical models and innovative practice within the social work field
  • Maintain accurate and up to date records in line with Data Protection legislation and use the Children’s Recording System to promote effective case management
  • 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 etc Act 1974, the Council's Health and Safety Policy and all locally agreed safe methods of work
  • Champion Children and Young People’s views and rights in everything you do
  • Ensure Children and Young People’s voices are listened to and acted upon
  • ‘Do what you say and say what you do’
  • Be responsible for the supervision of a group of staff and will take it in turns to manage the team's operational daily tasks and duty system
  • Be required to deputise for the Team Manager in their absence
  • Have contact with carers, children and young people as well as regular contact with staff, including senior staff throughout the Council and other agencies

Requirements of the Senior Practitioner:

  • Qualified Social Worker with post qualifying training
  • Current Social Work England registration
  • Significant senior level frontline experience within children’s services
  • Be available for supervision, as required and to prepare for supervisory sessions, as required by the Team Manager
  • Be competent in all areas of the Professional Capabilities framework for Social Workers
  • Fully understand and be aware of the commitment to Section 17 of the duty of Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to prevent crime and disorder
  • Be a good listener
  • Be non-judgemental
  • Be consistent and Stable
  • Be contactable
  • Be honest
  • Be Focused
  • Be realistic


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.