Swindon Senior Practitioner - Childrens

Swindon, Wiltshire, England
£ 38 - 38 Per hour
Full time
Job level
Qualified (non-manager)
4 Sep 2019
30 Nov 2019

Job Description

Experienced Social Worker

Are more autonomous in their role. They demonstrate expert and effective practice in complex situations, assessing and managing higher levels of risk, striking a balance between support and control, liaising with a wide range of professionals, including more senior levels. They manage complex caseloads, and offer expert support to case conferences, and product high quality assessments and reports for a range of functions. They model good practice, setting expectations for others. They start to take responsibility and be accountable for the practice of others, mentoring newly qualified social workers, and supervising the work of junior staff. They undertake capacity- building with individuals, families, communities, user groups and voluntary organisations, and contribute their views on service provision to commissioners.

Job Purpose

To undertake professional and comprehensive casework for a complex caseload of children and young people.

To maintain high professional standards and good overall knowledge of relevant legislation regulation and practice methods, ensuring that you are abreast of new developments. Provide guidance and support to less experienced staff to help them develop their professional skills and knowledge.

As lead professional, to contribute to the provision of good quality services which integrate government and local initiatives and guidance (including Working Together, Child Protection procedures, Looked After Children’s processes, the Assessment Framework and Common Assessment Framework).

Key Accountabilities


Manage an allocated caseload appropriate to the extensive experience of the Experienced Social Worker, to include complex assessments of children, families and parenting and other work to meet statutory requirements.

Work within Swindon Borough Council’s policies, procedures and good practice guidelines in order to meet the needs of the children and families allocated.

Work with children and young people, families, carers and communities to help them make informed decisions, engender change enabling them to clarify and express their needs, and contribute to service planning.

Maintain up to date case notes and other records, utilising relevant IT systems, and write reports, including court reports, and give expert evidence in court.

Undertake specialist assessments, for your and other workers’ cases, for court proceedings, including parenting and kinship assessments.

Ensure that casework is up to date, comprehensively written up, and managed within agreed timescales.

Ensure your manager is kept fully appraised of problems arising from cases or work load and to seek advice as and when necessary.

When working with families, to recognise monitor and assess risk. To ensure information about risk is escalated to managers in a timely manner.

Develop and maintain positive working relationships with service users and other professionals.

Model good practice helping to set the expectations for others.

Where appropriate act as the duty worker for the team responding to queries and issues

Learning and development

Keep up to date with contemporary issues in children’s social work including legislation and evidence based practice and use this to inform working practice.

Use supervision to reflect on cases, and put learning into practice

Identify own individual learning needs in line with the requirements of the PCF for an experienced and advanced social work practitioner and attend relevant training and development opportunities.

Lead professional

Liaise with colleagues in own and other directorates and external agencies to gather information to inform assessment and care planning activities, jointly plan and deliver interventions.

Participate in complex planning and reviewing of cases of children in care, child protection and support fostering/adoption arrangements.

Provide constructive challenge to enhance practice, procedures and policies, promote innovation, and introduce new ways of working

Lead and monitor multi-agency actions and objectives.

Provide leadership and professional wisdom to colleagues and other professionals for work in situations of high complexity

Act as a placement supervisor to students or mentor to NQSW in their ASYE year and act as a mentor to other staff.

Model and facilitate reflective and evidence-informed practice, contributing to the development of

knowledge and promotion of excellence in the field

Carry out any other duties, commensurate with the post, as may be required for the efficient running of the service.

Knowledge & Experience

Candidates must have substantial knowledge and experience in the following areas of business and will be required to provide evidence of this:

Experience of ident

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