Senior Practitioner

Posted 17 June 2024
Salary £38 - £39.85 per hour
Job type Contract
Discipline Social Care
Contact NameMikeala Osborn

Job description

Our client, Bexley Council, is looking for a Senior Practitioner to join their LAC/Placements/Specialist Services.

This is a position for an experienced practitioner with at least 3 years' post qualifying experience as a social worker. You will have responsibility for managing a caseload of more complex and higher need cases within a child looked after and care proceedings context. You will be required to take appropriate initiative when working to support children and their families. You will also support other practitioners in the team through mentoring, advice, support, and occasional shadowing on visits or for meetings. Court work is involved in this role.

In the role you will build positive, supportive, and respectful relationships with families in order to help support children in need of help or protection. Where possible, you will help support families to raise their children safely within their family network by supporting and augmenting their support network. Where this is not possible, alternate plans will need to be explored and implemented to help ensure children grow up in safe, nurturing, and happy homes that achieve long term permanence. This will require working in a supported practice environment that respectfully challenges and enables you to use your professional judgement, autonomy, experience, knowledge, and skills. These all form the key aspects of our Signs of Safety practice model which we use when working with children, families and the wider professional network.

  • To have experience or a willingness to be trained in and use the Signs of Safety practice model we use when working with children and families.
  • To work in a respectful and professional manner with children and families that is focused on achieving what is in the best interest of the child. Consistently use the Signs of Safety practice model when assessing risks or worries, what is working well, and exploring the next steps to improve the outcomes and safety of the children and young people we serve.
  • To undertake regular visits to and work creatively with children and young people in order to develop a good rapport that allows you to obtain the child's wishes and feelings and to make sure these inform the work that you do.
  • To work with children and families in a variety of diverse and complex contexts, such as mental ill health, disability, substance misuse, domestic abuse, sexual exploitation, radicalisation, poverty, discrimination, and immigration.
  • To be able to apply relevant social work theories and research in a way that helps best understand the lived experiences of children and young people, such as child development, attachment theory, impact of childhood trauma, and the cycle of grooming and sexual abuse.
  • To explore contingency plans that utilise the family's support network as much as possible, even when exploring other caring arrangements for children.
  • To recognise the importance of working within existing laws, statutory guidance, and local safeguarding policies and procedures that govern the work we do. To be responsible for and manage children's cases in the respective team or service area they are placed (ie: children looked after, referral and assessment, etc) in a more autonomous way.

Benefits of working with Remedy

  • A personal one-one service from your highly experienced dedicated consultant.
  • Top tier supplier across London giving us first access to jobs
  • Referral bonus - up to £250* per person placed.
  • Double payrolls each week.

*Terms & Conditions apply

You will be required to fully register with Remedy for all locum positions.

Remedy Social Care is a APSCo Standard agency and is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the vulnerable. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure via the DBS. Our objective is to be an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from everyone with suitable skills and ability regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief. All applications will be accepted and reviewed solely on merit.