SW Locums are looking for a well experienced Senior Practitioner to work in this Looked After Children Team (LAC) in the City of Westminster Council. This is a well regarded, established and supportive team. The post is a long term temporary post, full time, 36 hours per week. Currently to September, with possible extension.
The purpose of this post is to manage a caseload of complex cases, requiring high level technical expertise (e.g. managing court cases), support the Service Manager and Deputy Service Manager and act as a mentor to other social workers or specialist workers. In some teams the Senior Practitioner will manage or lead on a specific service area and supervise staff. The Senior Practitioner will be expected to operate with a high degree of professional autonomy and authority and deliver good outcomes for children.
- CQSW or post graduate Diploma in Social Work or other relevant qualification and three years post-qualifying experience in youth justice or children and families’ work; including legal proceedings, section 47 investigations and direct work with children.
- HCPC Registration.
- Clear enhanced DBS or registration with the DBS Update service.
- To have completed the Specialist Award in Child Care (PQ), or equivalent; and other professional training to enable performance at a high level.
- A commitment to the Council’s Equal Opportunities policies and an ability to implement these policies within the areas of responsibility of the post.
- The ability to write coherent, comprehensive and up to date records and reports, including to a standard satisfactory for court
- Demonstrates skills in electronic file management and use of IT to a high standard and in line with all policy requirements.
- To demonstrate excellent analytical skills in written and oral work using high level knowledge and understanding of complex casework, risk management and care planning
- An understanding of the needs of vulnerable children or young people who may become involved in the youth justice system and the capacity to work in partnership with their parents.
- The ability to work autonomously and maintain accountability while using line management supervision appropriately.
- The ability to carry out comprehensive assessments of risk and needs of children and families within agreed time-scales and implement and review written care plans; successfully demonstrating a clear knowledge and understanding of legislative, policy and practice issues.
- Demonstrate the ability to manage and prioritise a complex workload, to work under pressure, and the ability and willingness to take on additional responsibilities as required by the Service Manager or Deputy Service Manager.
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to delivering better outcomes for children and young people and the knowledge to do so
- Demonstrate knowledge of key policy and research issues in the field of children’s and youth justice services. Demonstrate an understanding of the multi organisational context in which these services are delivered.
- To have demonstrable good communication skills with vulnerable children, including those with special needs, of all ages and with vulnerable adults
- To be able to negotiate effectively with partners without involving manager
- Demonstrate a good understanding of budgets and cost pressures ensuring that care plans are cost effective
- To work with a high level of autonomy and use professional initiative with low level support, but to be accountable at all times
- To be self managing and self motivating with good workload management and organisational skills