Senior Practitioner

12 Oct 2016
27 Oct 2016
Senior Practitioner Children's Social Work Team Folkestone minimum of 3 months Purpose of the Job Manage a caseload of complex and difficult cases involving assessment, planning and implementation and evaluation of appropriate action to ensure resources are utilised effectively to safeguard and promote the welfare of service users. Contribute to raising and maintaining standards of professional work within a social work team, undertake staff supervision as directed by the Team Leader and act as a Practice Assessor for students. The post holder should be working in line with the competency standards set out in the Competency Assessment Social Worker Career Grade Scheme. Main duties and responsibilities Manage a caseload of complex and difficult cases to a high standard to ensure resources are utilised effectively and the post holder maintains their continuous professional development in social work practice. Provide a high quality resources of professional social work knowledge and expertise to a team of Social Workers, to include supervision, group meetings, assisted fieldwork, attendance in court, case audits and reviews etc, to assist the team in ensuring that it carries out its core tasks to a high standard. Provide coaching and mentoring support to Social Workers, including those undertaking post qualifying training, to support and further their professional knowledge and development to impact upon the overall quality of practice within teams. Attend court, where appropriate, to assist the team in ensuring that key professional input and expertise is provided to high profile and sensitive cases. Undertake staff supervision as directed by the Team Leader according to the needs of the team. Act as Practice Assessor to support student placements. Liaise regularly with peer colleagues throughout the Directorate to ensure social work staff deliver existing and new practices consistently and to a high standard across the Directorate. Contribute to the development of new initiatives through attendance on Working Groups, multi agency forums, training courses etc and acting as lead for identified pieces of Directorate initiatives, i.e. planning for permanence and research work, to develop current and new ways of working that meet service requirements. Maintain awareness of changes in legislation and related policies and practices and ensure all social work staff are also informed of these changes to enable consistent and timely implementation. Connect2Kent are a recruitment business. The closing date for applications is Monday 24th October 2016. For more information regarding this role please contact Alison Harper on 01622 236748 or email on: This job was originally posted as