Advanced Practitioner – Children Looked After

Advanced Practitioner – Children Looked After

Somerset County Council has exciting opportunities for experienced social workers to join our Children Looked After teams. The Key purpose of the role is to work with children and young people looked after to support them in achieving their potential in all areas of life.

Our four teams are based across Somerset in Taunton, Bridgwater, Yeovil and Shepton Mallet.

We are open to and supporting flexible working arrangements and our offices meet the Covid-19 Secure standards. We’re using risk assessments and where needed, PPE to protect our social workers. Good technology is provided to help you stay connected to your team and manager through virtual meetings, team check-ins and service sessions.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

Security and permanence is our passion for those children and young people that need it the most. Working in Children Looked After you will have the opportunity to support profound changes to a child’s life and to build long term relationships to see them through their journey.

We place children and young people at the heart of what we do and you will work with their families, carers and other professionals to achieve positive outcomes for their education, health and social and emotional well being.

What our young people say they want in a Social Worker is:

‘A good social worker is someone you can build a strong relationship with. And they are always there to listen, even when it is difficult to do so’.

Compassion, Care and Consistency’ are really important to them.

Within the Mendip team, there is also the potential to access training to develop an expertise in work with asylum seeking young people.

A few things about you

As an Advanced Practitioner you will work some of our more troubled children and young people and work with children, carers and birth families through court proceedings. You should be able to work with an increased level of autonomy and decision making; support less experienced colleagues with practice meetings and chair meetings as appropriate to support good outcomes for the children and young people in our care.

You will be passionate about relationship-based social work, proud of your profession, and able to reflect and think creatively about how you can build relationships to make a difference to children and families. You will need to be a qualified social worker registered with Social Work England and have substantial experience working with children and families in social work.

Access to / use of a vehicle is an essential requirement as you will need to travel around this rural area.

Additional information

If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.

We’d love to hear from you if you think this could be the role for you so, for an informal chat about our jobs in Children Looked After please contact:

Mendip: Cally Hargrave 07585 307028 or Jess Burn 07976689821.

South Somerset: Victoria Rymell 07977413849

Taunton: Lisa Walker 07879 890354 or Di Hutchins 07787857566

Bridgwater: Gregg Liddington 07880179004 or Nicola Wrigley 01278 07788350815

We anticipate offering and conducting interviews ahead of the closing date for suitable candidates.

All interviews will be taking place virtually, for example via Microsoft Teams

Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities to guide you to be the innovative and creative social worker you want to be. With a stable senior leadership team and permanent Team Managers you’ll be well supported with regular reflective supervision.

As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

  • We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
  • Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
  • Staff discounts in gyms.
  • Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
  • Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
  • A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
  • My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

DBS information

This post requires a criminal background check via the Disclosure procedure.

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Job Overview
  • Salary
    £34,728 to £38,890
  • Job Category
    Public Sector
  • Disability Confident
    Yes
Job Location