Advanced Practitioner – Risk Assessment & Intervention

  • Full time
  • Taunton, Somerset
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
  • October 3, 2021
  • £34,728 to £38,890

Advanced Practitioner – Risk Assessment & Intervention Specialist

We have an opportunity to work with Somerset County Council Children’s Services as a Specialised Child Sexual Abuse Worker (CSA).

Somerset is one of a very few Local Authorities hosting an in house specialist CSA role.   Anticipating the retirement of our current Advanced Practitioner Social Worker in this position, we are now looking to recruit a qualified Social Worker, Probation Officer, Clinical or Forensic Psychologist or professional with a similar level of qualification, understanding, skill and experience to join us.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

Based within Childrens Social Care, you will be responsible for both assessment and, where indicated as necessary, intervention in families where CSA is a current or unaddressed historical feature.  This will include assessing adult risk to children and capacity to protect of non-abusing partners both in court proceedings and outside of court proceedings.

In addition you will work as a consultant to other parts of the children’s workforce including our prevention and youth offending services, including being involved as a core member of our regular Reactive and Harmful Sexual Behaviour panel to address the needs of children and young people exhibiting concerning behaviours.   The post holder will also offer group supervision and support to our team of facilitators responsible for coordination of the county programme for reactive behaviours through our primary schools.

A few things about you

Significant knowledge of and experience in the use of evidence based actuarial and clinical tools used to assess adult sex offenders will be necessary, alongside the ability to undertake individual treatment programmes for abusers and deliver information and education interventions for carers.  Supporting social workers and other team members in safety planning in a core task.

You will also be required to work alongside other professional colleagues in delivering Reactive Harmful Sexual Behaviour training on behalf of Somerset Safeguarding Children’s Partnership, to social care teams and partner agencies in Somerset.

Additional information

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

For an informal discussion about the post please contact:

Jock Mickshik, Specialist Social Worker on 07769605338 or email

Lise Bird, Head of Prevention at Somerset County Council on 07585 795548 or email

All interviews will be taking place virtually, for example via Microsoft Teams and will be held on 12/10/2021.

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

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

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