Advanced Practitioner – Children’s Social Care

  • Full time
  • Somerset, UK
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • December 6, 2021
  • £34,728 to £38,890

Advanced Practitioner – Children’s Social Care

In Somerset, we want to recognise the skills and knowledge that experience can bring, by providing progression opportunities for experienced practitioners who want to remain in frontline practice.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

Joining our Children’s Social Care teams as an Advanced Practitioner, it will be your responsibility to skilfully manage complex work with the most vulnerable children in our community and in our care, whilst mentoring and supporting less experienced colleagues to grow and develop as practitioners.

Through pro-active, multi-agency working you’ll work with a range of service providers, facilitating the provision of a needs-led service and creating positive outcomes.

We’ll look to you to ensure all services are child focused, using a range of therapeutic skills and interventions to make sure that children reach their potential.

We have a commitment to reduce fieldwork caseloads down to an average of 14, which is fewer than most other local authorities. This will allow you to focus more time on individual cases and deliver a higher level of service. Alongside this, we want to provide you with the right work life balance, to support you as an individual, as well as an employee.

A few things about you

Educated to degree level, and Social Work England registered, you’ll have demonstrable experience in the field, with a commitment to maintaining and expanding your social work knowledge and skills. Ideally you will have PEPS 1 but if not then supervisory experience is needed.

You’ll have excellent interpersonal and communication skills allowing you to work effectively in partnership with other agencies and teams. Alongside this, you’ll have excellent time keeping and a keen eye for detail, as you produce accurate reports and quality assure the work of less experienced colleagues.

Our journey in Somerset is far from complete but we know that what we intend to achieve will grow, inspire, enable and unite the people who work with us. We want you to invest in this journey as much as we will invest in you, through the training, togetherness, progression and engagement you’ll enjoy here.

Additional information

The salary range for this role is £34,728 to £38,890 per annum

If you have any questions about the benefits we offer, or our recruitment process, please contact our Recruitment Team on recruitment@somerset.gov.uk or by telephone on 01823 355596.

All interviews will be taking place virtually via Microsoft Teams.

The Assessment Centres are scheduled for 23rd September 2021 and the written exercise is usually the day before.

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

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, with supportive management. 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

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Job Overview
  • Hours Per Week
    37
  • Salary
    £34,728 to £38,890
  • Job Category
    Public Sector
  • Disability Confident
    Yes
Job Location